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my perfect black pump for work was most recently, imo the
f/w10 prada pointy-ish pumps. the ones instore without the bows were pretty much perfect for work imo. (unfortunately, I settled for a beige/khaki-ish pair as the black were out in the height i wanted)

suitable for all occassions, alaia always has pumps that have nice soft points. His shoes are so elegant. I have a suede/patent pair that have been much more useful that expected!

Miu Miu often has really great black pumps.

if only louboutin didn't do the red's a turn off for me.

for a thicker heel, acne had a really cute pair last season (though, suede)

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tony bianco (australia brand) has really good pumps as well...

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softgrey, I'm so with you on this one!

it is a neverending quest for me, too.

while they only do a couple of styles per season, and in limited supply, i think a.p.c.'s shoes are always spot-on, timeless designs that look of the moment even years later.

i searched high and low and can't find a picture of their pumps but they do make them (maybe once every other season, once a year at least)

slow and steady wins the race has also tackled this problem...although this may not be what you're looking for (material is black canvas) it's funny because it addresses this exact need

photo from

then there's one of my all time favorites...

pierre hardy (from eponymous website)

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From the OP.....

Originally Posted by softgrey View Post
personally, i'd like something that wasn't really pointy or really round...
and not with a super spiky or super chunky heel...

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My perfect black pumps are not very high (less than 6 cm), suede, slightly chunky heel and almond toe.

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Pumps are my choice of heels so I'm fussy on finding the perfect pair. Pointed ones don't work for me because I have broad feet so I settle with the round ones. I can only tolerate up to 4-in heels and anything higher will kill my feet. I hate that the basic ones are the hardest to find (given my tight budget). Miu Miu always has great pumps, I wish I could afford it. (snazzyheels)
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^these are my perfect pumps in goatskin.
I bought them when I was expecting my first - and they still hold up!!


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hanne, so funny you posted this, i've been in a classic prada gear lately. lovely shoe!

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wow hanne...So lovely!

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Still hunting for it. I draw the line at 31/2 inch heel. In the mean time my favorite black pump is Michael Kors Gogo pump.

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I've been looking for the "perfect black pump" too! I prefer shoes that don't have a soft kind of fabric-y outside so that it feels less stain-able. These seem nice. They're from Payless shoesource (very affordable shoe store, I just love it.) Found the picture on Tumblr.
I also really like these ones, also from Tumblr.

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i bought a really great pair of prada pumps a couple weeks ago...
didn't (really) mind spending the money since they're such the perfect, classic shoes

i'll dig up a pic to share

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^still waiting..

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^^i'm terrible

here's a pic i took a while back though...

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