They're lining up at the pumps.
Pumps that can be worn with suits, with knit dresses, with pants, with evening clothes and, best of all, pumps that serve lots of different styles of clothes will prove to be the most popular this fall.
Credit the punks for reviving the pump fashion. The stiletto-heel, vintage model punks found in thrift shops and attics were part of the Kings Road uniform with black vinyl gear, fishnet hose and safety pins. Pumps shifted to the establishment when retro styles revved up in Paris a year back. Now their classic, played-down qualities make them right for this season's clothes.
What separates this round of pumps from their predecessors that were so very popular in the 1950s is not just their high heel, sleek shape, but their color. While the standard black and brown are still very much around, bright shock colors are part of the assortment as well. And burgundy is essential for all the burgundy toned clothes.
What distinguishes the pumps, too, are their higher prices. Because of the prices of hides on the world market, and increased labor costs, leather shoe prices are up as much as one third this fall.
The very high-heeled shoe, which steps way outside the comfort zone, is still around for fall, but so are a lot of mid-high to reasonably high shoes and flats.
The high throated pump in burgundy suede piped in gold is from Claudio Rocco at Bloomingdale's ( $75).
Bruno Magli's wine suede and leather open toes pump is from Hess Shoes ( $105).
For the Sci-fi set, Sacha's teal blue pump is at Bloomingdale's (White Flint only).
The cone heel open toe pump in black leather has a mosaic design in front. At shoe Scene, $62.
The classic brown suede pump (which also comes in black plus black kidskin) is from De Young ( $38).
Ferragamo's mid-heel black leather pump with top stitching can be worn with detachable bows. From Lord & Taylor (shoe $115, bows $7.50 to $10).