Best Bet: Little Black Pumps

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Photo: Courtesy of AllSaints

Basic black pumps are the footwear equivalent of the LBD: chic, classic, and universally flattering. But because of their easy versatility, they also tend to wear out quickly — particularly if you're not the type to splurge on Loubs. It's difficult to find a pair that's affordable but won't leave you limping after a couple hours. This pair of all-leather heels spices up the typical silhouette with cutout detailing, a scalloped upper, and a slight cone heel. Best of all, they're half-off, so you won't feel guilty running them into the ground this fall.

Heron shoe, $110 (originally $220) at AllSaints or online.