I have a client who is a professor, she stands in front of a classroom for a while, and needs to look professional. Her basic black shoes left something to be desired so I'm on a quest to find replacements for her that are comfortable, timeless and affordable. I did find a few that fit the very demanding bill -
This pair of Ecco's look like a classic black pump, with a low heel and a nice pointy toe - I like this alot!
Ecco also has these sharp T-straps -
This low wedge comes in black too (and it's on sale) -
These with an ankle strap are really sharp, with a pointy toe and a slightly higher heel (and that ankle strap gives more stability)-
These Ros Hommerson pointy toe slingbacks come in a few colors -
They also come in several widths, great for anyone who has a wider foot. I like the black kidskin, but the pearl leather is also a really nice, unexpected color. Love it.