I often get surprised by how shoes get neglected in a daily women’s outfit. Some put great effort into their makeup, clothes, bags and other accessories, and little love goes to that part of the ensemble that makes everything come beautifully together: the shoes!
Shoes need to be aligned with the rest of our clothes to make it the perfect ensemble. If you are using a great shaping dress, but you add rounded worn-out flats it will not enhance or support the stylish look you are trying to pull with that dress. Of course, the latest trend is to wear any dress with sneakers, which in most cases look good, but again depending on the shape and state of those shoes and the stylish appearance you want to create.
The case in point is not only about the fit or model of the shoes, but also the state they are in…anything showing too much wear and tear will belittle your whole look. If –like me– you don’t have the budget to own every single Louboutin and/or Altuzarra that there is or a pair of shoes for every occasion or dress cut, then there are some basic pairs that will go with most of your wardrobe.
Basic shoes to have in your wardrobe:
Pumps: They come in all shapes (D’Orsay, Peep Toe, Platform, Pointed, Slingback, etc) but the absolute must-have should be a pair of black and nude stilettos. These will go with absolutely everything! They will make you look like a model in a dress, and they will elevate any jeans outfit to the next level. I would also recommend adding a pair of bright colored pumps to make any black or neutral outfit stand out, adding chicness to your outfit.
If you are tall or cannot stand high heels, then you could opt for Kitten Heeled ones, which would be more comfortable for you.
Sandals: This one might vary depending on your location. I live in Brussels, where it’s raining most of the time -all year long- therefore to me sandals are a rare thing to wear, I get to use them in the summer, but only for a couple of weeks, so it’s not something that I would invest too much on. However, a great pair of black high-heeled or golden/nude ones it’s a must in any women’s closet.
If you live in a more tropical weather, then you can benefit from the ample choice of sandals, which are great to give a sense of elongated legs, they add an even more feminine touch to any dress, and you can also show your tan and brag of your lovely pedi.
Flats: Or loafers are still great to use to give sort of a preppy look to your casual outfits, so it’s always nice to have one pair handy. Also if you are tall, you can get away with these even while wearing dresses. Make sure to go for one with neutral colors that go with everything.
Flat sandals are also a must, mainly when you are on summer holidays.
Boots: The variety of types and models are countless, so these also depend mostly on your location. If you live in a cold country with heavy winters, then -even as a matter of safety because of the snow- at least 3 pair of boots are welcomed in your closet. Think of black and brown as universal colors that will go with everything. I would suggest owning a black pair with high heels, that will make any outfit more formal, and you can even wear with dresses. Also, a pair of flats that will make it easier to walk in the rain and/or snow.
Sneakers: Now that sports shoes are all the rage and people wear them with absolutely everything, it will be good to have a white and black pair to combine with skirts, jeans and dresses alike making you look super trendy and stylish. All brands have come out with innumerable models of these, so the choice is huge.
So these are –to me– the basic shoes every woman should own to look great all year long and enhance any outfit. Also, remember to keep them clean and in proper shape.