If there’s one thing I’ve learned about fashion (and life), is that it’s all about the basics. If you strategically buy the right pieces, you won’t find yourself rushing out at the last minute to buy something for something. (We’ve all been there.)
So now that we’re on the cusp of a new season and we’re thinking about what to buy and what to donate, know that there are really only 10 pairs of shoes that every woman should have in her closet. 10 pairs of shoes that will ensure you’re set for any occasion or outfit. You don’t have to buy a specific shoe — just something in each of these 10 basic categories:
Nude Pumps 1 of 10
Black Pumps 2 of 10
Flats 3 of 10If you're not into slip-on ballet flats, this Fall is all about the flat loafers — which might be more your style. Either way, fun colors punch up any outfit.
1.Old Navy Cap-Toe Ballet Flats, $23.50
2.Kate Spade Hailey, $198
3. Charlotte Russe Tassel-Front Velvet Loafer, $29.50
4. Kate Spade Cassy, $225
Ankle Booties 4 of 10Whether you choose flat booties or 4-inch-high ankle boots, they're a fall/winter must-have to wear with either pants or dresses. Dress them up, dress them down — they're versatile and stylish. You'll be thankful to have an ankle boot in your closet.
1.SM Philip Bootie, $89.95
2.Jessica Simpson Audrina, $129
City Boots/Riding Boots 5 of 10If you're like me, boots are dangerously tempting come Fall time. But if you're debating between a heeled fashion boot and a more practical (yet chic) riding boot, always go with the latter. They're more comfortable, for starters, and they make any casual outfit look stylish.
1. Restricted Belmont, $79
2. Zara Riding Boot, $169
Low-rise Sneakers 6 of 10
All-Weather Boots 7 of 10
Evening Shoes 8 of 10
Non-Flip-Flop sandals 9 of 10Anything with rubber needs to be designated to the beach or pool, and not every situation is appropriate for the rhythmic slapping of a flip flop. That's why every woman needs some sort of neutral sandal that won't flip nor flop.
1. Old Navy Suede T-Strap Sandals, $19.94
2. DV by Dolce Vita "Dannah," $49.99
Comfy Wedges 10 of 10And last but not least, you need a comfortable shoe that fills that void between casual and dressy. For those days when you want something a little fancier than flats, yet you just can't walk around in heels all day. And that's where wedge heels come in.
1. TOMS Wedges, $69
2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Palm Beach Espadrille, $49.99
Of course fun statement heels and seasonally trendy shoes are always a welcome addition, but there’s no doubt that those 10 shoes will see the most use. And feel free to sub in shoes that are more your personal style — like clogs for wedges, and oxfords for ballet flats. But you get the basic idea.
What are some of your favorite shoes that you wear over and over?
Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.
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