Cap toe heels always make me think of a headmistress or another similarly stern "Mommy Dearest" type. Thankfully, Marc Jacobs turned that notion on its head when he paired the normally severe pumps with sugar sweet dresses and skirts in pastel broderie anglaise for his spring 2012 collection for Louis Vuitton.
Named "cap toe" for the piece of fabric (usually leather or suede) that covers the toe of the shoe, the formal footwear reminds us of the preppy oxfords that are so popular right now, not to mention the utilitarian function of protecting the tips of your shoes. Maybe it's a return to feminine elegance, or maybe it's a desire to try out color blocking in a new way, in any case, we are into it. Worn with a pencil skirt, the look is ladylike perfection. Or, pair them with socks to tone down the lady and play up the girlishness. Below, a roundup of seven stylish pairs we want right now.