If we lived by Carrie Bradshaw's rules, then we could never have too many shoes. Sometimes (heck all the times), I 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. As tempting as it can be to stockpile your shoe closet with feathery, sparkly, sky-high heels, I’ll grudgingly admit it’s not the most practical strategy (although my Instagram feed tells me otherwise!). To make your wardrobe planning a little easier, I'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 can bid the days of shoe catastrophe goodbye. From your secret-weapon statement shoe to the go-anywhere boot, I've culled the top 10 must-have styles right here.
Skin Tone Peep-Toe Pumps
Peep-toe pumps in a skin-matching shade are the ultimate leg-lengtheners and a chic showcase for a fresh-from-the-spa pedicure. Plus, they go with almost everything under the sun.
Black City Boots
Whether you prefer the cool knee-high boot look, or the sexy over-the-knee style, sleek black leather boots will take you places in this world.
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Giving everyday dresses and jeans a chic Parisian flair, ballet flats are essential to your wardrobe, especially after a long night out (or even just a half hour) in those daring high heels. To liven up the mood, pick ‘em up in a bright color like this on-the-go cutie.
Wooden Platform Sandals
You can’t really go shopping or have brunch in these sky platforms, but sometimes plain-ol’ flats won’t do. They’re daytime shoes with a fab nighttime attitude.
Slip on canvas sneakers on those days when you’ve really got your hands full. You’ll be comfy and look chic. Now if only every outfit warranted that description!
The workhorse of all workhorses, basic (but sexy!) black pumps will take you from the office to dinner and back again.
Get a pair in gold. Get a pair in silver. Make sure they’re fabulous with a capital F. And the next time you have to wear a bridesmaid dress that isn’t quite as chic as a hot-pink mini number, you can look down at your feet and smile.
Booties in sumptuous suede are as pivotal to the fall and winter season as pumpkin-spice lattes (yes, it’s that serious). Wear them with jeans by day, or with something fun and leg-baring by night.
Flat Leather Sandals
Basic leather sandals are meant for those days when you decide to lose track of time, laze in the grass or wander without direction. Or those days when you merely wish you could. Just looking at these numbers make me want to go on vacay.
Gorgeous Work-of-Art Shoes That Make A Statement
To some, it’s a pair of pointy red leopard calf hair pumps. To you, who knows. Just follow your gut and whip ‘em out whenever really good (and, hey, really bad) things happen. Or just take them out and look at them from time to time—whatever makes you happy.