Pierre Hardy has given these classic kitten-heeled pumps a sophisticated allure by making them up in watersnake leather:  the material makes for an eye-catching finish in endlessly versatile, neutral tones. The large-sized scales are visible from quite a distance, giving the shoes an interestingly variegated texture.

It's easy to imagine pairing these with all sorts of evening outfits, as well as smart day-wear as the shoes are elegant but not at all dressy or showy. I'd love to see them teamed with electric blue or golden tones for a dazzling contrast.

£520 at Net-a-Porter