We always stress the importance of nailing the classics, and I'm about to reveal something big: I still haven't found my investment pair of black pumps. You know the ones? The ones with a timeless silhouette and a not-too-high, not-too-matronly heel? Well, I think my problems are solved with this structural pair by Balenciaga ($655). They are perfect for wearing with my beaten-up boyfriend jeans or a really feminine dress, and with New Year's Eve on the horizon, I know these pumps wouldn't fail me.
— Marisa Tom, associate editor