I love a good pump. But deciding which style – and complementary shape – will complete my look from head to toe? Easier said than done. The shape that you select adds personality to any outfit, and here at Rue we always try to put our best foot forward, so choosing a pointed-toe or round-toe pump is no simple task. Below, a guide to both.

Pointy Toes Vs. Round Toe

The Pointed Toe

The pointed toe is more fashionable than practical, but we all know that good girls finish last. Command respect and exude confidence in the office by pairing with a pencil skirt. For a night on the town, I like to balance the look of my modern leather pants with this classic style.

This look works especially well with a colorful cap-toe. The splash of color serves almost as an accessory, adding unexpected pop. For those with larger feet, this trend can still work. Just opt for a flared jean and remember to leave some room in the toe – going smaller is not a comfortable experience.

The Round Toe

Also known as the almond-shaped toe, this style conveys dependability. If comfort is your main priority, the rounded toe that typically adorns the platform stiletto will bring you to new heights. Paired with a trusty sheath dress or casual pant, this shoe rounds out your look.

There are really no rules for the round toe, as this is the most classic of styles. This shape is flattering for larger feet, making them appear much more compact. Just be careful with loose-fitting slacks – the toe can get lost when your pant leg is too baggy. Skinny jeans or fitted pants – and, of course, skirts – are the best way to go.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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February 18, 2013