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When it comes to footwear, women often sacrifice comfort for looks. But that’s not the case with slingbacks. With the re-emergence of kitten heels a few seasons ago, this stylish shoe, characterized by a closed-toe area and a heel strap, has also made a comeback. And it’s easy to see why women have been so quick to embrace it.
Slingbacks ooze a vintage-inspired elegance that complements a wide range of outfits and styles. Whether you pair them with jeans and a top for an effortlessly chic weekend ensemble or you wear them to work with a pair of pants and a blazer for an office-appropriate outfit, they are one of the most versatile shoes that anyone can pull off.
Most slingbacks also come with relatively low heels or sport a completely flat silhouette so you can wear them all day long without torturing your feet. And with brands such as Proenza Schouler, Prada, and Gianvito Rossi all lending their distinct aesthetic to the slingback shoe, you can find a pair that runs the gamut from downtown cool to black-tie sophisticated.
Now check out our favorite slingback flats and pumps to add to your shoe closet this spring.
By Far Lisa Red Leather Slingbacks
For a pop of color, opt for this cool slingback shoe with a block heel by celebrity-favorite accessories brand By Far.
To buy: $400, byfar.com
Gianvito Rossi Suede Slingback Flats
Comfortable and chic, these pointy-toe Gianvito Rossi sandals come in a new shade called Dark Denim.
To buy: $695, net-a-porter.com
Francesco Russo Knotted Leather Slingback Flats
To buy: $860, net-a-porter.com
Valentino Garavani The Rockstud Patent-Leather Slingback Pumps
Add an edgy vibe to your outfit with Valentino’s signature studded slingbacks. They feature a feminine heel that’s only about two inches in height.
To buy: $795, net-a-porter.com
Burberry Leticia Check Slingback Pump
This elegant Burberry pump has a two-and-a-quarter-inch hourglass heel and sports a pointy-toe d’Orsay silhouette.
To buy: $620, nordstrom.com
Victoria Beckham Punky Studded Buckled Patent-Leather Pumps
We love the baby blue pastel hue of these short-heeled slipper patent slingbacks.
To buy: $820, modaoperandi.com
Tabitha Simmons Rise Slingback Pumps
Add a bright pop of color to your spring ensembles with to these gorgeous Tabitha Simmons slingbacks. They are crafted in Italy from smooth Italian leather.
To buy: $645, shopbop.com
Matiko Circa Slingback Pumps
The woven leather pattern and chunky heels of these pumps are a winning combination––and one that’s just so perfect for spring.
To buy: $162, shopbop.com
Yuul Yie Lissom D'orsay Heels
Architectural heels, as well as PVC details, are trending this season, and so is this exact shade of violet. So consider this pair of slingbacks: an absolute must-have for this spring.
To buy: $390, shopbop.com
Proenza Schouler Slingback Flats
There is cool, and then there is Proenza Schouler cool. These bright yellow flats are exemplary of the brand’s creativity and fresh aesthetic. They feature a rubber strap and a miniature heel for a more structured look.
To buy: $595, shopbop.com
Prada Logo Leather Slingback Pumps
Footwear for work doesn’t have to be boring. These sharp-looking Prada slingbacks sport the company’s logo across the vamp and inch-and-a-half high heel.
To buy: $950, modaoperandi.com