When Caitlyn Jenner stepped out in New York City during Pride Week showcasing her long legs in a rainbow sequined miniskirt and a structured black blazer, we sat up and took a close look—at the pointed-toe slingbacks on her feet. Could the slingback—the shoe so closely associated with weddings, funerals, and a matching bag—be having a moment?
Yes, it’s time to reconsider the slingback: After all, Emmanuelle Alt and the Olsentwins were already singing its sartorial praises even before Jenner winningly showed off the versatility of the shoe. Forget the pastel-colored, chunky-heeled versions of bygone eras. “The elegance of a great pair of slingbacks is often underestimated,” says Vogue.com Accessories Editor Brooke Ely Danielson. “I’ve had my eye on a black suede Jimmy Choo pair for fall. It’s what the cool girls, likeVanessa Traina Snow, are wearing—you care about how you look, but don’t look like you’re trying too hard.”
Though Jenner may have a hard time convincing her stepdaughter, the ultimate stiletto devotee, Kim Kardashian West, to follow in her footsteps, the rest of us are taking note—if the slingback fits, wear it. Here, seven great pairs to try now.
by OLIVIA GOODMAN