Zendaya Just Made This Classic Heel Style Look Completely Fresh

Zendaya, one of the world's coolest and most stylish citizens, wore pumps, so now, I want to wear pumps. For context, I haven't worn pumps in about a year and a half. But when Zendaya stepped off the boat at the Venice Film Festival today, I suddenly wanted to change that. Decked out in a Valentino Couture shirtdress and blazer, Zendaya chose not to distract from the outfit and went with a pair of simple black pumps. 

The pumps were very high, and when paired with the edgy-elegant outfit, they just seemed genius and cool. As much as it pains me to say this, as someone who wears slippers more than any other shoe style, I think the key is the towering stiletto heel. Perhaps part of that is the element of surprise since most of us put heels on hiatus when leaving the house was infrequent pre-vaccines. A four- or five-inch heel is a welcome jolt to us pandemic-weary fashion lovers. Thank you, Zendaya. 

If she's put you in the mood for a pair of very high pumps, scroll to shop a few of the best options.


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On Zendaya: Valentino blazer and dress; Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 Leather Platform Pumps ($845); Bulgari jewelry


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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.