If we lived by Carrie Bradshaw’s rules, then we could never have too many shoes. Sometimes, we think that may be the case. However, we don’t have the budget (or closet space for that matter) to jump on every single trend.
To make your wardrobe planning a little easier, we’ve zeroed in on the 10 key shoe styles every woman should have in her closet. If you adhere to this foolproof footwear plan, then you’ll always have the pair you need. From your secret-weapon statement shoe to the go-anywhere ankle boot, read on to see, shop, and stock your closet with all the necessary ingredients.
1. THE RIDING BOOT
Come fall, fashionistas can’t get enough of this comfy boot. Best with a low heel, they are super comfy and make a pair of jeans or leggings look like a million bucks. You can even pair them with a dress or skirt to give a feminine look some edge. For Fall, Winter, rain, and beyond, a pair of tall boots lends polish and protection from the elements. They’re as chic as they are practical.
2. THE ANKLE BOOT
They range from casual (like a brown leather pair with a low heel) to dressy (like stiletto black booties). Whichever one you choose, the versatility is endless. For an easy brunch look, pair some skinny or boot-cut jeans with a rugged ankle boot. To dress it up, pair jeans or a skirt with a medium high-heeled ankle boot. It’s no wonder these ankle boots have a huge celebrity following. The neutral hue and walkable heel will serve you well year-round.
3. THE PUMP
It’s the quintessential shoe (as long as you can walk in it). Whether your favorite is a pointy-, round- or square-toed heel, choose one you feel comfortable in. And don’t get hung up on height. A 2-inch kitten heel can look just as polished as a 2-inch stiletto. This pair of polished pumps will never let you down. From the office to your evenings out, these are a classically chic finish to everything.
4. THE STRAPPY WEDGE SANDAL
A summer staple that adds a heavy dose of style to your wardrobe, a high, strappy sandal can be worn anywhere from a wedding to a girls’ night. This is the type of shoe that looks great with a pop of color because it can really punch up an outfit. Come Spring and Summer, we make the seasonal shift to sandals. Great wedges are easy to walk in and pair just as well with party dresses as they do with casual shorts and denim.
5. THE FLAT
When your feet need a little R&R, a flat is welcome relief. Sport a casual pair when you’re spending the day traveling or shopping. A dressy, leather flat is perfect for work — we always keep a pair stashed under our desks. Ballet flats (or skimmer flats) are a no-fuss solution to feeling polished and pulled together while on the go. They’re equal parts ladylike and casual, meaning we can wear them with pretty pleated skirts, shift dresses, or even cutoffs.
6. THE CUTE SNEAKER
Whether you love a boat shoe, canvas slip-ons or an old-school pair of Keds, every woman needs a pair of cute sneakers. Wear them into work before you change into pumps or walk wherever the wind takes you.Gym sneakers are meant for the gym, but a pair of cute kicks like these are a wardrobe basic worth investing in.
7. THE FOOTBED SANDAL
It contours to your foot and lets you walk around without a blister. The flat sandal is a true warm-weather essential. Rubber flip-flops aren’t supportive at all. These will have arch support for comfort and stylish details that are everywhere right now. Think of these as your much-cooler alternative to flip-flops. Since we gravitate toward flat sandals all Summer long, make sure you opt for a pair with details you’ll be happy to slip into on a daily basis. Something with a fun color or great studded finish can up the ante on your everyday dress.
8. THE STATEMENT HIGH HEEL
Every girl needs a pair of seriously sexy heels in her arsenal. Whether you opt for vibrant color, a statement print, or ultra glamorous detailing, this pair should be the one you throw on with everything from jeans to your evening dresses to feel instantly sexy.
9. SHORT-STACKED HEELS
This ’90s style is making a serious comeback — the stacked heel gives you a little height without sacrificing any comfort.
10. SMART OXFORDS
Smart brogues or loafers have become a wardrobe mainstay. Think of these as an office-to-off-duty alternative to sneakers with a preppy-cool twist.
Which one is your personal favorite to swear by? Tell us in the comments section below!