The slingback has always been a very sexy shoe. It can be polished and professional with a pencil skirt, or add some contrast to your favorite slouchy boyfriend jeans. Another thing I love about it? There’s so many different ways to wear – from ballet flats to kitten heels to a proper pump.
The classic version of a slingback is sleek without being too showoff-y, like this timeless Stuart Weitzman pair in black leather or this Manolo Blahnik version with a belt buckle. But this season, a lot of our favorite takes feature gold, eye-catching hardware in a throwback to 80s fashion. Gucci’s mid-heel pumps have the horsebit on them, Tory Burch’s tan pair have the double T’s, and Valentino’s have one single rock star stud.
Another way we’re wearing the trend is by combining them with ballet flats! These Sam Edelman flats are a great way to dip your toe into the trend, or these Gianvito Rossi shoes in a shiny, luxe black if you’re ready to commit to the silhouette.
My favorite slingback of the season is from Prada. Their Triangle Logo Slingback hits all the hallmarks of the great house: the famous Prada logo, a delightfully sporty but chic sensibility, and completely unique. The baby kitten heel makes it infinitely wearable, too! On the more traditional side of things, the Rounded Toe cap has a fun black-and-silver color scheme that feels Chanel-esque in it’s lady-who-lunches vibe. Speaking of Chanel, get the Chanel look for a lot less with these Tuckernuck shoes.
Still loving last years loafer mania? Combine the two silhouettes in one chic Franken-monster of a shoe. Loafer in the front, slingback in the back! G.H Bass Weejun’s version comes in embossed crocodile white or black, and it’s a perfect shoe for transitional weather. These platform black patent leather ones from Ganni are a little more fall-forward, but an easy and comfortable way to get some height.
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