While feminine and delicate, ankle straps are not just decorative. They’re safety belts for your ankles! This is especially true if heels are dizzyingly high, and it seems like they make them taller and taller all the time (not complaining!). Even if you have thicker ankles, don’t be afraid of wearing these. A thin strap can actually be very slimming. Here are the best of the belted at Neiman Marcus:
Charlotte Olympia Dolly Island Suede Platform Pump ($925): These rich burgundy pumps are an update on what I imagine a seventeenth-century duchess would’ve worn. The white ruffle is to die for, but removable for when you’re holding court with a more casual audience.
Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Strap Leopard Calf Fur-Back Sandal ($995): Everyone wants to be a rock star, and no one knows this better than Valentino! A thicker strap for a rougher rider.
Manolo Blahnik Storm Metallic Ankle-Strap Pump ($815): The seams on this shoe create a look so structured that it almost seems like it’s made of metal. Your feet will be cast in gold!
Casadei Suede Ankle-Strap Pump ($820): The sex kitten silhouette is the star here! This pump is all about sharp lines, be it the thin gold heel or the seductive V’d vamp.
B Brian Atwood Sparkly Ankle Strap Peep-Toe Bootie ($350): Extra support and shimmer come in the silver canvas of this bootie. A simple one-two punch!