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With gleamy finishes and eye-catching height, these telegraph a confident allure.
Delicate metallic braiding has such a glamorously Grecian aura.
Leather "Turbulence," $88.99, Carlos by Carlos Santana,
Spot-on Old Hollywood, with lots of straps and a rich gold finish.
Leather "Disco," $425,
Barely-there straps are so unabashedly sexy.
Faux-leather "Lulala," $27.99, Michael Antonio,
A chunky, vintage-inspired option, rendered in stunning lizard-like skin.
Embossed leather, $525, Moschino Cheap & Chic,
Ultra-luxurious, buckled silver is brilliantly offset by a low-key wooden heel.
Leather, $968, Lanvin,
We're smitten with these modern reinterpretations of the resort staple.
The sailor's knot is so perfectly Nantucket, but the simple sole is ideal for city sidewalks.
"Island Girl," $245, Joie Shoes,
An elaborate, ethnic-inspired print is such a unique touch on this classic shape.
Leather "Suko Thai," $175,
We love the contrast of pure white rope and luxe orange patent.
Little touches—the leather thong, the nautical braid—nicely dress up this beach basic.
"Johana," $29.99, Tommy Hilfiger,
Crisp and unfussy, these telegraph a timeless St. Tropez chic.
"Secret," $195, Kors Michael Kors,
In slick finishes, the quintessentially ladylike silhouette becomes something so sultry.
Lacquered fire-engine red adds a bold jolt to even the most casual ensemble.
"Harriet," $98.95, Guess,
Inky deep blue is every bit as versatile as—but slightly more unexpected than—black.
"Josette," $79.99, Jessica Simpson,
A refined Mary Jane silhouette gets a shot of high-shine sex appeal.
Button-strap closure, $495, Luciano Padovan,
An evening-worthy, glistening take on the season's popular lace-up.
"Decors," $48.92, Nine West,
So chic—we're smitten with the translucent plastic against glossy orange.
"Alexander," $625, Davis by Ruthie Davis,
Inventive updates transform the ultimate daytime shoe into a fresh and surprising statement.
Covered-up, but the crisscross straps and peep-toe allow a little glimpse of skin.
In stark black (with gleaming metal accents), the comfy, casual silhouette easily transitions from day to evening.
Patent "March," $240, Donald J Pliner,
Flawlessly designed to show off the foot, from the skinny straps to the serious height.
Leather "Vachetta," $160,
Toweringly high but still quite understated, thanks to the muted black-and-brown palette.
Brass studded, $29, Newport News,
Woven details add texture and interest to the leather-clad wedge.
"Way Out," $148, Juicy Couture,
Leather "Disco," $425,