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Everything You Need to Know About Dior’s Iconic Kitten Heels

Consider this your definitive guide to those coveted J'ADior Slingback Pumps.
Everything You Need to Know About Dior’s Iconic Kitten Heels
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Consider this your definitive guide to those coveted J'ADior Slingback Pumps.

A chic logo ribbon, a nuanced kitten heel, and a similarly catty toe set apart the gorgeous J'Adior Slingback Pump, an instantly recognizable shoe from French luxury house Dior. The design is simply genius—it combines the mature, modest sleekness of a standard pump with the pose and whimsy of a bold bow. All in all, you have a classic shoe that spells speedy infatuation.

You've likely seen them on fashion influencers from all over the globe, which makes sense, as it has become something of an It shoe since its relatively recent release. If you're planning to purchase a pair for yourself, read on, as we've laid out everything you need to know before coming to a decision.

What are J'ADior Slingback Pumps?

As established, the J'Adior Slingback Pump is a popular shoe from Dior. Its main ribbon is decorated with the word "J'Adior" through and through, like those continuous bands of text that travel across the bottom of the screen during a news report. Called the "comma heel," the heel of the J'Adior falls in a slightly lopsided shape, giving it an almost sculptural feel. 

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The slingbacks are a delectably versatile shoe: They'll make sense with a pair of cigarette jeans and a white tank top, and would also go with a dress in a loud color. Local content creator Rhea Bue bought herself a pair for her upcoming wedding. So, yes, J'Adiors can be bridal shoes, too.

In addition to the classic pump silhouette, J'Adior slingbacks also come in ballerina flats and peep-toe heels, listed on the Dior site as "Heeled Sandals." They come in three heel heights: 1 cm, 6.5 cm, and 10 cm. Lastly, the shoes have a star appliqué, Christian Dior's lucky symbol, fastened to the sole, which will come as a happy surprise to unknowing buyers.

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Who designed the J'Adior Slingback Pumps?

In 2017, Dior's first-ever female Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, released the J'Adior line to a world that received it with open arms. She previously worked at Fendi, and subsequently joined Valentino as co-creative director. She also revived the now-popular Dior Saddle Bag.

What are the best J'ADior Slingbacks?

1. Patent Calfskin

Arguably the most ubiquitous J'Adior Slingback Pump, the patent calfskin iteration might as well be the youthful, chic, and adaptable designer shoe you've been looking for. It will literally go with any outfit—no doubt about it. They offer it in three neutral colors, (white, nude, and black), so you might even be tempted to get it in all shades.

The 6.5 cm heel.
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The 10 cm heel.
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J'Adior Slingback Pumps in Patent Calfskin, $950, (approximately P45,600) DIOR

2. Nude Mesh Embroidery

The J'Adior in mesh embroidery doesn't stray too far from the classic design, but it certainly has its own edgy appeal. It's a statement without being to intrusively colorful. If you're planning to get a slingback that you won't necessarily need for formal occasions, this one will be your best bet.

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J'Adior Slingback Pumps in Nude Mesh Embroidery, $1190, (approximately P57,120), DIOR

3. Crystal-Studded Suede Calfskin

For those of you who like your shoes bejewelled, this crystal-studded offerring will suit your fancy. It comes in two colorways: black and silver, and nude and gold.

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The nude heel with gold finish.
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The black heel with silver finish.
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J'Adior Slingback Pumps in Black Suede Calfskin with Silver-Finish Strass, $1890, (approximately P90,720), DIOR

4. Metallic Bronze Fabric

Can't decide between colors? Why not opt for a two-tone pair? Toned-down yet glam, the metallic J'Adior is the city girl's chicest pick.

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J'Adior Slingback Pumps in Metallic Bronze Fabric, $1,250, (approximately P60,000), DIOR

5. Multicolor Mille Fleurs Embroidered Cotton

Make no mistake, the J'Adiors aren't all neutral. They also come in a variety of woven patterns and textures, such as hearts, florals, and stripes.

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J'Adior Slingback Pumps in Multicolor Mille Fleurs Embroidered Cotton, $1,150, (approximately P55,200), DIOR

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How much are J'Adior Slingback Pumps?

J'Adior Slingback pumps cost around $950 to $1890, depending on the materials, heel height, and embellishments.

Are they worth the price?

These shoes are undoubtedly stylish and so easy to style. You can wear it with the plainest possible ensemble and still accrue serious fashion points. However, owners of the shoe reported that, due to its pointed toe, it can become uncomfortable after a long period of wear. This is normal for heels, especially those with closed toes, so if this does not bother you, they should be worth it. On the other hand, those who are not used to the comfort limits of high, pointy steppers are better off steering clear of this pair.

Dior will always be an excellent brand to own, though, so it would be worthwhile to check out their flats, slides, and sneakers.

How do celebrities wear them?

1. Vina Guerrero

When in doubt, wear all black.

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2. Heart Evangelista

Wear Dior all the way! Heart's donning her peep-toe J'Adiors with a black Lady Dior and bracelets.

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3. Rhea Bue

Wear different shades of white for a contemporary, elegant look.

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4. Sarah Lahbati

Nude does go with everything, so don't hesitate to put on a printed dress.

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