The Fashion Memo

The accessory update: High-shine shoes

From left: Christian Louboutin, Jennifer Chamandi and Gianvito Rossi

This season, the patent pump is the pinnacle of fancy footwork. Think of it as an instant hit of high-octane glamour; the perfect partner to everything from precision-tailored suiting to micro-mini LBDs and frayed jeans. Vertiginous heels are a prerequisite, so we recommend investing in styles by only the very best shoe designers who obsess about heel placement ratios, figuring out the least-painful positions (trust us, your feet will thank you). Right now, Gianvito Rossi’s ’90s-style strappy sandals and Aquazzura’s PVC pumps are vying for the top spot in our affections.