Any Manhattaner will tell you that there’s no such thing as going too high when it comes to rocking stilettos. That may be the case if you strut up and down a runway for a living, but the for the rest of us mere mortals, teetering around like an awkward giraffe is anything but sexy. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from trying, does it? We’re willing to endure the pain, because they make us feel sexy, powerful, put together. With that in mind, it’s sort of fitting that the word ‘stiletto’ is actually an Italian word that means “long slim dagger”. Though stiletto’s are generally associated with a really high heel, this isn’t true, it’s the thinness of the heel itself that makes it a stiletto. If you’re looking to expand your summer shoe collection (because who isn’t!), here are 7 sizzling stiletto styles for summer!
1) The Classic
Though Mrs. Beckham and Kim Kardashian are more known for their sky high, platform pumps, every now and then they have a little sense and don something a little less dramatic. The classic black stiletto is similar to the little black dress, you have to have them, and different variations if you can finagle a little more room in the ‘ol fashion budget.
2) The Calf Stiletto
Yep, Nicolas Kirkwood outdid himself this season. These fabulous cut out stiletto sandals have been worn by everyone from Kim Kardashian to the Queen B herself, Ms. Beyonce. They may not be for everyone, but they’re unquestionably sexy- Be bold!
3) Disco Diva
A fan of studs but don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard? Textured stilettos are red hot right now, and if you’ve got yourself a line-up of hot dates, these are bound to strike up an interesting conversation. Me-ow!
4) The Colorblock Stiletto
Cobalt blue is one of those gorgeous tones that has staying power, and whether you’re rocking cobalt blue, electric purple, or neon yellow, solid colored stilettos are a perfect way to colorblock your outfit.
5) The Strappy Summer SandalStep up the sultry in a super summery strappy stiletto. The finer the straps, the more delicate the look, and the thicker, the more the eye is drawn. Platform or not, strappy is sexy!
6) The Red Bottom Shoe
Not all of us can afford Christian Louboutin, but there are plenty of designs out there that are invoking this classic style. Black and red provide the most dramatic contrast. Pair it with a killer LBD and you’re ready to hit the red carpet.
7) Festive Fabulous
With the July 4th holiday just around the corner, we had to throw in a little something festive. Funky print aside, this popular closed toe, platform pump is one that can be worn with everything from a chic pair of casual linen shorts to an ultra formal pant suit.