Be Fashionably Practical: 25 Classy Pumps With Heels Two And A Half Inches Or Less

October 17, 2012

Glamour without paying the price?! Is it even possible to find stylish shoes without pain?

Yes, it is!

We don’t have to be Sex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw, running down the streets of Manhattan in 5-inch stilettos to pull off great style.

Though I love her line, “I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes,” I don’t think we need to break the bank for glamour and add further injury by limping our way to our offices!

Give yourself a break! The reality is when you feel better, you look better. It’s now perfectly acceptable to save your highest heels solely for the weekend.

I decided to take on the challenge of finding fashionable lower heeled shoes, because, I have heard the frustration from all of you busy biz gals trying to find functional closed-toe pumps with heels 2.5-inches or less…ideal for the office, but without sacrificing style.

My results are displayed above. I found the largest selection at Nordstrom and Zappos. Thankfully, each store allows you to sort by heel height. Plus, they both offer free shipping and free returns, so you can easily try as many as pairs you like all in one online order.

You, too, can look and feel just as glamorous at the office, but without the pain!

  1. Diane von Furstenberg Alice Pointed Court Shoe $278, available at My-Wardrobe.
  2. VC Signature Opal Pump $225, more colors available at Nordstrom.
  3. Kate Spade Sippy Black Leather Pump $298, available at Jildor.
  4. Salvatore Ferragamo Tyra Pointed Toe Pumps $495, available at Bloomingdales.
  5. Cole Haan Chelsea Low Pump $298, more colors available at Nordstrom.
  6. Ivanka Trump Valentina Pump $139.95, available at Nordstrom.
  7. Kate Spade New York Dijon Pump $298, more colors available at Nordstrom.
  8. Via Spiga Angie Pump $198, available at Nordstrom.
  9. Vaneli for Jildor Finlay Platform Pump $145, more colors and materials available at Jildor.
  10. Diane von Furstenberg Bonnie Pump $298, more colors and materials available at Jildor.
  11. Söfft Marisol Pump $114.95, available at Nordstrom.
  12. Salvatore Ferragamo Blanda Pump $495, available at Nordstrom.
  13. Max Mara Anny Pump $495, available at Bloomingdales.
  14. VC Signature Francoise Pump $250, available at Nordstrom.
  15. Jimmy Choo Tita Croc Leather Pump $650, available at Jildor.
  16. Nine West Austin Pump $89, more colors and materials available at Zappos.
  17. Vigotti Ursulina Pump $99, more colors available at Zappos.
  18. Anne Klein Fielding Pump $79, available at Zappos.
  19. LAUREN Ralph Lauren Saffron Pump $89, more colors available at Zappos.
  20. Vince Camuto Desti Suede Pump $97.95, more colors available at Nordstrom.
  21. Vaneli Udex Patent Pump $129.95, available at Nordstrom.
  22. Taryn Rose Justine Loafer Pump $259, more colors available at Bloomingdales.
  23. Joan&David Gardner Pump $113.95, more colors available at Nordstrom.
  24. Kate Spade New York Shelly Patent Pump $328, more colors available at Nordstrom.
  25. Isaac Mizrahi New York Jabria Pump $144.95, more colors and materials available at Nordstrom.

Do you think we suffer too much for fashion’s sake? Please share your thoughts and experiences…

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  • Anonymous

    amen and hallelujah–i was just wondering why it’s so freaking hard to find pumps under 3″. I bought the Cole Haan Chelsea low pump but they run small so had to return. I’d love to see a post like this on booties. and yes, many suffer too much but as I age, i’m getting more picky and demanding about clothing and shoes being stylish and practical.

  • I am all about the low heel . . . it’s pretty much the only heel I will wear. Otherwise it’s flats. These are great options – thanks for posting!!!

  • brittstrom – Glad you found this pump collection to be useful. Be sure to check out this Wednesday’s post featuring low heeled boots and booties. 😉

  • You’re not alone…I hear this a lot. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Londya

    Love this post, but alot of the shoes are a bit pricey. Is it possible for you to do a post featuring equally cute shoes for a lesser price?