Pumps are a shoe style that can have high or low heels, open or closed toes and are made of many different kinds of materials. Pumps can be worn with dress attire or as casual wear, depending upon the type of pump. With the variety of styles available, there is a pump to match just about any occasion or outfit.


Classic Pump

The classic pump, typically in natural or patent leather, comes in a variety of colors and is suitable for everyday activities. Classic pumps are often worn to work, out for a night on the town or in casual settings with semi-casual clothes. They generally have a heel of three to five inches and a closed toe.

Open-Toe Pump

Open-toe pumps have an opening at the front of the shoe to expose the toes. Heels are usually between three and five inches. Some open-toe pumps also have open sides. Open-toe pumps are usually not worn in casual situations. They are ideal for the workplace, where semi-professional attire is required.

Sling-Back Pumps

Slingback pumps are identified by the characteristic strap of leather that wraps around the top or back of the ankle. Slingback pumps are primarily worn in semi-casual situations and sometimes in the workplace. The slingback pump can also feature an open toe or open sides. Heels on a slingback pump will generally be between three and five inches.

High-Heeled Pump

The high-heeled pump is most often worn for a night on the town and feature a heel ranging in height from four to eight inches. They often feature intricate jewelry or etched designs, open toes and thin or thick heels. These pumps are generally worn with dress attire. High-heeled pumps are not appropriate for the workplace.

Kitten Heel

A kitten heel is a slender heel common on sandals but found on some pumps. The kitten heel, which typically ranges in size from 1.5 to 2 inches, was introduced in the 1950s and popularized by actress Audrey Hepburn.