I first fell in love with this ankle-tie cage from Tory Burch, which retails for $325, in a magazine spread about a month ago. This 4" stiletto is a perfect mix of classic and sexy. Wonder if I can get away with it for work if I pair it with a wrap dress and an ivory cardigan?
Another option is Max Studio's "Xenix" sandal in waxed calf, a pale tan. With a heel that is just over 3" and a 1/2" platform, they'll be really comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
These two shoes come from Stuart Weitzman, a designer whose shoes have been on the feet of fashionistas for decades. I'm always impressed with his ability to adapt and remain current year after year. LOVE the snakeskin "Airforce" platform sandal, for $425, and can already see myself in them. Likewise the "Fetish" shootie in tan at $430, which is just begging for a flowy white minidress.
All of the above shoes are available at Nordstrom.com. Happy shopping!