Diamonds are a girl’s best friend in more ways than one. You don’t need mega-watt rocks when you have these Dries van Noten pumps elegantly taking on the season’s hottest checkerboard pattern. They’re the sole sisters of my equally black and white checkered Dries clutch. This time, however, the bold print has taken up residence on soft satin to create a ladylike slingback with serious pizzazz. The look of Dries is considered eccentric, but this print is pure sophistication – just not the stuffy, buttoned-up kind. Unfortunately, single sole shoes are rarely my friends. They’re painful to walk and stand in, especially with a pointed toe. At this manageable height, though, I think we may call a truce, instead of a checkmate. On Edon Manor for $660.