“When I feel bad, I like to treat myself. Clothes never look any good, food just makes me fatter; shoes always fit.” While 'In Her Shoes' didn’t necessarily win Best Picture in 2005, it paid homage to arguably the most important accessory to stand the test of time: shoes. Now, I’ve never been one to discriminate against footwear, but there’s something about pumps and stilettos that has me acting like a kid in a candy store. Apart from being a crucial aid for the vertically challenged, high heels are flattering, empowering and easily take an outfit from casual to business to va-va-voom in a matter of seconds. While I admit that the bruises, blisters and other consequences of the five-inch monsters aren’t exactly pleasant, they’re a small price to pay for the versatile and revolutionary aspect of the shoes, which come in a variety of styles and colors. Clearly boots are not the only things made for walking—find a fabulous pair of heels and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

Today’s Fashionista was spotted in downtown Princeton looking casual with a hint of glam. Her outfit is basic: black pants, a crisp gray undershirt and a sleek blazer. While that’s interesting and all, the real showstoppers are the pumps. Blue, velvet and beautifully sky-high, the heels bring everything together and add a sophisticated, yet unexpectedly rebellious, vibe. They elongate her legs, add a bright splash of color and debunk any rumors of black and blue clashing. They don’t, so there.

As you can see, achieving this look is incredibly simple. I know I generally advise against loud patterns and too many colors a la Rainbow Brite, but you really can’t go wrong with a pair of statement stilettos. From a chunky heel or a pointed toe, they’re all the same to me. Follow this Fashionista’s lead and invest in a fantastic pair of pumps; you’ll love the view from the top.

Spotted: Fantastic heels seen at the Pre-Fall 2012 collections of Band of Outsiders, Proenza Schouler and Jason Wu.

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