Shoes Every Woman Should Own
If we lived by Celine Dion’s rules, then it would be impossible to own too many shoes. Unfortunately, we don’t have the extravagant budget (or enough space in the closet) to climb aboard every single fashion trend. That’s why we’ve attempted here to make your wardrobe planning a little simpler by outlining 10 key shoe styles every woman should aspire to have available on the shoe rack. If you follow this foolproof plan, you should always be prepared for any eventuality. From your secret-weapon statement shoe to the go-anywhere ankle boot.
We guarantee that these basics will get you through all four seasons and help you look fashionable. Keep this list in mind, and compare it with the items you already own.
1. Running Shoes
It seems that what goes for running shoes applies to running writ large: choose what feels most natural for you. All current research suggests that the most comfortable shoe is probably the best choice. Look into stability shoes, free motion shoes, a low heel drop (excellent for speed and track work because the transition from heel to toe takes place quickly, but less appropriate for runners with an Achilles or calf injury) and lightweight neutral shoes, which are designed to keep the foot aligned; in other words, they are concerned with the level of pronation in the foot.
They are timeless, all-pervasive and hard-working. Even if you’re a grandmother, you’re bound to need a pair of sneakers – whether that’s to complete a certain look, for travel or for running errands. While Converse Chuck Taylors are a popular choice right now, we like the Superga Cotu classic model. The silhouette of these shoes is feminine and refined. Consider a fun patterned or colorful pair and try wearing them with jeans, shorts, leggings or even casual dresses. They’re perfect as weekday and weekend shoes, or even for casual date nights.
3. High Heels
High heels are undeniably a girl’s best friend. They boost your presence while complementing just about anything in your closet. You don’t need the most expensive pair; just find some that are tall but comfortable enough to move around in. Why not put some nude heels in rotation all year long?! We recommend going with peep-toes or a more classic variety. Whether you opt for vibrant color, a so-called ‘statement’ print or sexy detailing, this pair should be the one you throw on with everything from jeans to your evening dresses when you want to feel instantly alluring.
4. Ballerina Flats
We are yet to meet a girl who has never owned a single pair of ballet flats. Among the favorite go-to shoes, ballet flats are immensely popular in today’s fashion scene. They’re comfy and feminine, and they give you that too-cool-to-dress-up aura. We find many fashionistas have ballet flats on heavy rotation, not just because of their simplicity but also because they fit neatly with your everyday wear. Ballet pumps offer serious comfort, so they’re ideal if your feet are sore from the heels you wore last night or if you’re running errands.
They’re timeless and gorgeous; smart sandals can make for a classy alternative to heels at weddings or a summer soiree. Consider the ankle-strap sandals a must-have for almost any event. Wedge sandals go well with denim cut-offs, skirts, shorts, day dresses and maxi dresses. During spring and summer, flat strappy sandals are a great convenience. If you enjoy staying in tropical locations or basking in the Balearics, then it’s unthinkable that you would leave without a pair. Go with strappy sandals in taupe, tan or brown.
6. Flip Flops0
Flip flops are the ultimate inexpensive, multi-purpose shoe type that’s ideal for the summer months. When on vacation, these are the perfect choice for lazy days at the beach (they can protect you from burning your toes on the hot sand without getting half of the beach in your shoe or finding sand around your hotel room days later). When headed on a summer walk or exploring the sights on vacation, flip flops are a comfy option for walks that are not too strenuous and therefore allow you to give your sneakers a rest. They are cheap, so why not buy a couple of pairs in different colors?
7. Ankle Boots
We can’t think of anyone who doesn’t keep some trusty ankle boots on standby. They’re very dependable, especially when you want a more edgy look. Take care to find a pair that flatters your legs and feels comfortable on your feet. We recommend that you look for boots in classic or neutral hues like brown or black. Ankle boots mesh with just about any outfit, whether it’s a dress or skinny jeans or a classic LBD, and this is exactly the reason why you must own at least one pair. Look out for clever detailing like metallic toes, chunky heels and midi heels for comfy all-day wear.
8. Tall Boots
They come heeled or flat. Whatever your preference, tall boots are a must-have for your wardrobe – especially when the cold winter months arrive. While they’re not as dynamic as ankle boots, they will definitely help to keep your legs warm. Of course, tall boots have that sultry effect, whether you opt to wear them with jeans or short skirts. To make sure you get the most out of them, go for classic black or brown. The best thing about tall boots is that they allow for a casual style that you can sport every day. Go for a leather look, seasonal suede or a killer lace-up style.
9. Pointy Flats
Simple and classic, pointy flats will never fail to add a touch of sophistication to your everyday outfits. For starters, they are every bit as comfortable as ballet flats. In addition, they’re more feminine and much dressier, so they give your overall look a more polished feel. Due to the silhouette, pointy flats are significantly more flattering to wear. If you’re petite, these shoes are an essential wardrobe item. If you want to take it further, search for a pair that comes in a neutral color that complements your skin tone. This should make your legs look even longer.
10. All-Weather Boots
Thankfully it’s possible to be prepared for wet days without compromising your look – and all-weather boots are the perfect tool in your arsenal to achieve this. The Sloosh Italy Original rain boots are a good example of how to strike a careful balance between warmth, safety and style. In winter, a heat-trapping lining (usually entailing at least 200grams of insulation) is critical. In wet, nippy weather, seam-sealing and waterproof treatments are a welcome touch. A snug fit will give control over your movements; treading patterns keep you steady. Look out for laces and fur collars.