If you’re like most women, you probably have more than a few pairs of shoes. Among them are everyday pairs that you absolutely can’t live without, along with a collection of heels and pumps that you may not wear everyday but you love nonetheless.
Though it may be difficult to explain to your significant other or spouse why you have so many pairs of shoes, we understand. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of having the perfect shoe for every event, mood, or outfit.
When it comes to shoes, the following nine styles are absolute must-haves for every woman.
Whether it’s fall or winter, tall boots are a practical and stylish necessity. Not only do they keep your feet warm, but they’ll also add a layer of protection around your legs. Boots are also versatile: they can be worn tucked over or pulled all the way up. Wear them with legwarmers or knee-socks for a unique look. If you live in a cooler climate, you might even want to invest in more than one pair to get you through the winter doldrums. Some popular boot brands include: Steve Madden, Guess, Bandolino, Sam Edelman, Frye, Lucky Brand, and UGG Australia. Most brands and styles run anywhere from $100-300, but you’ll pay more for quality.
2. Ballet Flats
You’re sure to get a lot of mileage out of a pair of ballet flats. They’re perfect for spring, summer, and fall, and are casual, yet still appropriate enough to wear to work. You’ll find that basic colors, such as black, brown, or beige, and materials are the most versatile options. If you’re shopping for a pair of ballet flats, make sure they have a padded insole, otherwise they can be hard on your feet. A number of popular clothing and shoe stores, including H&M, Forever 21, Gap, Old Navy, Aldo, and JC Penney sell ballet flats. Most range in price from $15-60, so they won’t break the bank, either.
3. Nude Pumps
The pump is a high-heeled shoe with a half-inch or one-inch platform. When it comes to heels, very few have the versatility of nude pumps. Because they’re a neutral color, they’ll go with pretty much everything—even your wildest patterned pants. They’re casual enough to wear with jeans, but they can also make the perfect addition to a cocktail dress. Badgley Mischka is a well-known women’s shoe designer. Chinese Laundry, Guess, Jessica Simpson, and Steve Madden also design and manufacture stylish pumps, which sell for anywhere between $50-200.
Wedges don’t have a separate heel and sole; instead, they’re on a platform. The right pair of wedges is actually comfortable, unlike almost every other type of heel in your closet. Not to mention, nothing says casual like a pair of wedges without compromising height. It’s a win-win situation. Some of the most sought-after designers of women’s wedges include: Jimmy Choo, Tory Burch and Jessica Simpson.Wedges sell for $50-200.
5. Black Kitten Heels
Every woman should own a pair of black leather or patent leather kitten heels. With a low heel, they aren’t a nightmare to walk in. They’re an appropriate choice for business engagements and work-related functions, and will also give you a little lift. Whether you choose a rounded or a pointed toe, you can’t really go wrong with this sensible shoe. Choose a brand that’s well-known for quality, because you’ll want this pair to last. Brooks Brothers, ALDO, Steve Madden, BCBG, Guess, Clarks, and Nine West are some of the most popular brands when it comes to women’s kitten heels. Most range in price from $60-200.
6. Ankle Booties
Though they won’t come in handy in a snowstorm, ankle booties are a trendy option for fall and spring weather. They help you put a professional and stylish foot forward, and in warmer weather they’re far less suffocating than tall boots. Ankle boots offer just enough protection from the elements, especially if there’s a danger of mud or wet grass. Lucky Brand is a well-known brand when it comes to ankle booties. They offer a variety of fashion-forward styles. Other quality brands include UGG, Sam Edelman, Rocket Dog, Madden Girl, Carlos by Carlos Santana, Clarks, and Jessica Simpson. They range in price from $60-200.
7. Casual Sneakers
Tennis sneakers made of canvas are a casual but trendy option. You can wear them when working out, walking the dog, or running errands. They work well with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Classic brands such as Keds, Converse, and Adidas give you the functionality of a sneaker, and yet, they still manage to be iconic in terms of style. They range in price from $30-100.
8. Flat Sandals
A pair of flat sandals with straps is a must-have addition to any summer wardrobe. They’re classier and more stylish than flip flops, but they can still be slipped on in a hurry. In addition, they’re casual enough to wear to the beach or at a dressed down summer event. If you find flip flops and flat sandals uncomfortable, pay a little bit more for a pair with a thicker sole and padding to support your arch. Since you’re likely to wear these a lot, it’s worth the extra money. Flats can sell for anywhere between $15-100. Steve Madden, Blowfish, Billabong, Ralph Lauren, Rampage, Fergalicious, MIA, and Kenneth Cole Reaction are some popular brands when it comes to flat sandals.
9. Rain Boots/Shoes
One conundrum that every woman faces is what kind of shoes to wear in the rain. You don’t want to sacrifice style, but your feet are in desperate need of protection from the elements. When it comes to rain wear, these days, there are a number of stylish options. Invest in a pair of tall rain boots in a dark color such as black or navy—they’ll be less likely to get dirty—and you won’t have to worry when you wake up to storm clouds. Popular brands such as Hunter, Kamik, Nomad, the Sak, and Ralph Lauren range from $90-200 in price and don’t mean compromising on style.