Black pumps are essential for a college woman's wardrobe.

An elegant pair of closed-toe black pumps should have been all college women’s gift list this past Christmas. These classic shoes, which seem to be a staple for most politicians’ wives, are timeless and will polish up the simplest professional skirt suit or casual button-down and slacks. Regardless of how you define your personal style, a simple pair of black pumps is essential for every woman’s wardrobe.

Black pumps are no longer reserved for first ladies; these are the perfect go-to shoes for a major interview or a business brunch. Of course, black pumps (unless they are platforms) aren’t something that most college women reach for on a daily basis, but a woman can never go wrong with these ageless beauties.

Consider classic black pumps an investment. If worn with care, most should last two to three years. For an added twist, purchase a pair of black pumps with a jeweled point or a funky heel. Having an alternative to the traditional pump might be more appealing for those who consider their fashion sense to be out-of-the-box.

Here are five sophisticated pumps worthy of your dollars:

Snake platform pump ($36.20, Urban Original)

Snake Platform Pump - Urban Original


Pointed toe pump ($18, Go Jane)

Pointed Toe Pump - Go Jane

Python-back velvet pump ($32.50, Charlotte Russe)

Python-back Velvet Pump - Charlotte Russe

Qupid Neutral-126 pump ($44.95, DSW)

Qupid Neutral-126 Pump - DSW

Steve Madden’s traisie platform pumps ($89.00, Macys)

Steve Madden's Traisie Platform Pump - Macy's