In a dream world, we’d all have a wall in our closets dedicated to shoes (à la Sex & the City’s Carrie Bradshaw). As much as we’d like to say a pair of shoes for every outfit is absolutely essential, we think you’ll be able to get by with seven carefully selected styles. Shoes can be a spendy investment, but each of these styles carries a lot of bang for your buck because of their versatility.
Whether you’d prefer a classic, chic ballet flat or a comfy and casual loafer, find a flat that you can wear all day. Flats are a no-fuss solution to polish off any outfit. Right now, Rothy’s are all the rage in the world of flats–they’re made from recycled water bottles AND you can wash them in your washing machine. For an added touch of poise, pick a pair with a pointed toe. Another brand we love is Birdies, perfect for WFH (they’re basically slippers) or any business meeting.
All hail the black pump: a timeless fashion piece that women have been rocking for ages. If black’s not your thing, a nude color carries clothes through every season. But we would never hold you back from making a statement, so if you’d rather go something bolder, we’re here for it. From your desk to dinner, a powerful heel can really make your outfit pop. Just make sure you find the height and hue that suits you so your feet aren’t covered in blisters (ow!).
We’re not talking athletic shoes–you can leave those in your gym locker. Instead, seek out a sneaker that’s comfy and casual, a shoe you can rule your busy day in, your favorite jeans’ BFF. From pants to pleated skirts, a cute sneaker can give your outfit a little bit of street style. Choose a pair that’s sleek and minimalistic, like the ever-popular Converse Chuck Taylors. Or if you’re looking for something a little more sporty, try Nike Air-Force 1s or Adidas Stan Smiths!
In the search for sandals, find a strappy, slightly sexy pair that’ll add a boost of femininity to your fashion. There’s a pair out there for everyone, whether you’re after woven or studded straps. A great sandal is a more stylish alternative to your banged-up flip flops. And, you can add length to your legs by finding ones with a wedge (plus they add a hint of island vacation to your vibe).
A great pair of booties may be the easiest to walk in heels you’ll ever own–they tend to have a chunkier heel. Equal parts functional and fashion-forward, ankle boots give your outfit a cool, edgy feel. Whether you slip them on with pants in the winter or a flowy dress in the summer, ankle boots are less likely to overheat your feet compared to their thigh-high siblings and are the perfect way to dress up any outfit!
Comfier and easier to slip on than their strappy sandal cousins, slides have a place in every woman’s heart. These shoes are ready for all-day wear, whether you’re in the workplace or kicking it poolside. And don’t think that comfort has to come at the cost of personality–shop a variety of textures and colors.
There’s something about sliding into a pair of tall boots that makes you feel like you’re putting on a part of your superhero suit. Channel your inner fashionista and zip up a pair of boots for the day ahead. Great over leggings or carrying your skirts into the cooler months, taller boots are sleek and slimming on every figure. Rainy day in your forecast? Boots are great at beating inclement weather as well!