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The Ten Best Basic Black Pumps

Pump up the chic-ness with a black pump!

What do boyfriend jeans, asymmetrical skirts and denim jackets have in common? They all pair swimmingly with a classic black pump! This shoe-for-all-seasons is a necessary addition to your footwear collection, as it’s a no-brainer for throwing on while running out the door, and literally goes with everything. Our all-inclusive, research-based list brings together the ten ideal pumps you need now. Browse through and find your perfect pump at every price point.

Best Basic Black Pumps - Vince Clair PumpPin It!

The Ten Best Basic Black Pumps

Vince Clair Pump, $395

Loved For: The cutouts and soft leather make these pumps a winner

Buy at: Nordstrom, Shopbop

  • 3 1/4" heel
  • Leather lining
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Best Basic Black Pumps - Ivanka Trump JaniePin It!

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Ivanka Trump Janie, $100

Made For: Those looking for the look for less

Buy at: Zappos, Bloomingdale’s

  • 3.5" heel
  • Patent leather upper, man made lining, leather sole
Price: $100Scoring Strength:
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Best Basic Black Pumps - Loeffler Randall Tamsin PumpPin It!

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Loeffler Randall Tamsin Pump, $375

Loved For: Its croco-embossed leather and midi heel feel super modern

Buy at: Nordstrom, Loeffler Randall

  • Approx. heel height: 3"
  • Genuine snakeskin upper/leather lining and sole
Price: $375Scoring Strength:
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Best Basic Black Pumps - L.K.Bennett L.K. Bennett Sledge PumpPin It!

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L.K.Bennett L.K. Bennett Sledge Pump, $345

Made For: Ladies who like a little platform with their pump

Buy at: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s

  • Approx. heel height: 4" with 1/2" platform
  • Leather upper, lining and sole
Price: $345Scoring Strength:
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Best Basic Black Pumps - Cole Haan Chelsea PumpPin It!

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Cole Haan Chelsea Pump, $298

Loved For: The Nike Air technology makes these a flexible and comfortable option

Buy at: Nordstrom, Zappos

  • 3.5" heel
  • Leather
Price: $298Scoring Strength:
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Best Basic Black Pumps - Kate Spade New York LicoricePin It!

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Kate Spade New York Licorice, $298

Loved For: If Olivia Palermo picked it you know it’s chic!

Buy at: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s

  • Upper: leather; lining: sole
  • 4" heel; scooped vamp
Price: $298Scoring Strength:
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Kate Spade New York - Basic Black Pumps:Buy at NordstromBuy at Bloomingdale’s
Best Basic Black Pumps - Michael Michael Kors Flex PumpPin It!

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Michael Michael Kors Flex Pump, $98

Made For: Those in search of a round toe pump

Buy at: Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s

  • 3 1/2" heel
  • Patent leather or leather upper/leather lining/rubber sole
Price: $98Scoring Strength:
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MICHAEL Michael Kors - Basic Black Pumps:Buy at NordstromBuy at Bloomingdale’s
Best Basic Black Pumps - Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Leather Point-Toe PumpsPin It!

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Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Leather Point-Toe Pumps, $595

Best For: This perfect pump is a great investment piece

Buy at: Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom

  • Self-covered heel, about 4"
  • Patent leather upper
  • Leather lining
Price: $595Scoring Strength:
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Best Basic Black Pumps - Nine West Martina PumpsPin It!

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Nine West Martina Pumps, $79

Loved For: Um...buy one get one 50% off?! No brainer!

Buy at: Nine West

  • 4" heel
  • Leather
Price: $79Scoring Strength:
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Best Basic Black Pumps - Stuart Weitzman Nouveau PumpPin It!

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Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Pump, $355

Best For: Being a Manolo look-alike, without the price tag

Buy at: Nordstrom, Zappos

  • Approx. heel height: 4"
  • Patent leather or leather upper/leather lining and sole
Price: $355Scoring Strength:
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Stuart Weitzman - Basic Black Pumps:Buy at NordstromBuy at Zappos

The Ten Best Basic Black Pumps

Pump up the chic-ness with a black pump!

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  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Vince Clair Pump
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Ivanka Trump Janie
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Loeffler Randall Tamsin Pump
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - L.K.Bennett L.K. Bennett Sledge Pump
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Cole Haan Chelsea Pump
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Kate Spade New York Licorice
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Michael Michael Kors Flex Pump
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Manolo Blahnik BB Patent Leather Point-Toe Pumps
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Nine West Martina Pumps
  • Best Basic Black Pumps - Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Pump
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