We’re all about taking classic fashion to a whole new level, and today, we’re starting with basic black heels. Most of you probably already own a pair (if not multiple), and rightfully so — they’re simple enough to go with just about any outfit. That being said, simplicity isn’t the only path to adaptability. The following 18 pairs of black heels are uniquely bold enough to stand out from the crowd, while still maintaining their versatile nature. Scroll on through to find your next go-to pair of heels!


1. Pointed Toe Pumps ($101): These pumps are so striking, from the unique straps to the distinctive snakeskin pattern. We recommend pairing these with a dress or romper so you can show ’em off like nobody’s business.


2. Jaycen Sandals ($44): If these shoes look familiar, that’s because they probably are. Platform-heeled sandals are back from the ’90s and better than ever.


3. Mid-Heel Ghillie Heels ($105): Elegant ballerina-like heels, at your service. Not only is this pair exceptionally dainty, but the short height of the heel maximizes comfort as well.


4. Cutout Heeled Shoe Boots ($155): Some boots are made for walking, but these are definitely made for strutting. You go, girl!


5. High Heel Cutout Dress Sandals ($100): Cutouts are still trending in all areas of fashion, including shoes. The metallic elements of these sandals really draw attention to them in the best way.


6. Flying First-Sass Heels ($31): When oxfords made their way back into women’s fashion a few years ago, we were oh-so happy. They’re a great option for both work and happy hour.


7. Kayla Fringe Sandals ($149): Take a cue from the fabulous flappers of the ’20s and embrace fringe with open arms. Rather than being flashy, the fringe on these sandals is subtle enough to maintain an overall classy look.


8. Seena Leather Sandals ($70): The side cutouts here are a breath of fresh air in the heavily populated world of peep-toe heels. These standout heels are bound to be a wardrobe essential.


9. Suede Bessie Heels ($79): This is probably one of the most versatile pairs of them all. You can rock ’em all day and all night, and they’d never look out of place.


10. Leather Wooden Platform Clogs ($90): These aren’t what we first think of when we hear the word “clogs,” but that’s probably a good thing. They’re oh-so stylish and have a rockin’ ’70s vibe that we just can’t get enough of.


11. Madewell d’Orsay Heel ($130): If you haven’t checked out Madewell’s pumps and heels, pick up a pair on your next denim + boot run and you can thank us later.


12. Saber Cutout Heels ($135): For those of you who have trouble walking in heels, we’ve found the solution. This heel is both short and in block shape, so there’s no room left for those balancing troubles.


13. Tapune Wedge Sandals ($18): These wedge sandals are capitalizing on the best parts of the revived Birkenstock craze, and we’re not complaining. Think it would be okay to add a comfortable cork layer to all of our shoes?


14. Rebecca Heels ($39): This looks like something straight out of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video. #badass


15. Olga Pumps ($20): The contrast between the black and transparent areas of these pumps is what makes it stand out the most. Transparent sections are also an excellent way to turn a pair of black heels into daytime summer wear.


16. La Pepite Suede Heels ($158): These are seriously some of the coolest suede shoes we’ve ever seen. Block heels have also been rising in popularity lately, making this pair extremely trendy.


17. Snake-Effect Mules ($65): Nobody can ever have enough snakeskin patterns in their shoe collection, especially when it serves as the accent material. And on this pair, the snakeskin portion even doubles as more support for your foot.


18. Wlwen Cutout Sandals ($85): We definitely saved the craziest, most edgy pair for last. Everybody’s going to be asking about these from the minute you step out of your front door.

Which pair of black heels would you rock? Let us know in the comments below!