Buying trendy shoes each season is an easy and cost-effective way to instantly upgrade your wardrobe. Yet no matter how many pairs of on-trend leopard print platforms you buy this year, there are a few types of shoes that every woman goes back to time and time again. Although they may be safe, they are timeless classics that can pull together a wide variety of outfits. For a versatile and well-stocked wardrobe, you’ll want to make sure you have a pair of each of the following to choose from. Here are the five shoes every woman should own.
1. Flat Ankle Boots
Whether you’re looking at H&M or view different Valentino shoe models, there’s no doubt that ankle boots are a top trend this season. Yet whether they’re sleek or grungy, flat ankle boots are also the type of shoe that transcends trends. Perfect with tights, pressed trousers, and jeans alike, ankle boots can be edgy or preppy depending on how they’re adorned. Choose a neutral colour for added versatility.
2. Metallic Sandals
When the sun’s shining, there’s nothing like throwing on a pair of strappy sandals. Go for a metallic pair for a bit of flash that’s more suited to skirts and shorts, without looking overly casual. These can take you well into the evening, particularly if you choose a pair of sandals with a little bit of a heel. Keep your flip-flops on standby for beach days, however.
3. Black Pumps
Women have been wearing the basic black pump for decades, and while other shoe trends come and go there’s a reason why these are a mainstay of any wardrobe. The basic black pump can pull together even a casual outfit, giving an air of sophistication. Choose a pair in sleek leather or suede, in a moderate heel height, and you can easily go from the office to a nightclub without missing a beat. As a runner-up, invest in a good pair of nude pumps as well to lengthen your legs!
4. Knee High Boots
Ankle boots are ideal for most seasons, but when there’s a definite chill in the air you want to give your legs some extra protection without stomping around in a snowsuit. Pull on practical yet elegant knee-highs with dresses and cable-knit tights, or over your favourite pair of skinnies. When paired with thick socks, your feet will stay warm and dry even in sub-zero temperatures. Riding boots are a top choice, but you can also choose slouchy knitwear or even sturdy wellies in a sleek silhouette.
5. Ballet Flats
When you have a mountain of errands to run, it’s hard to beat the day-to-day comfort of a pair of ballet flats. These shoes are definitely made for walking, and flats are a perennial favourite in the fashion world. Although you could opt for basic black, ballet flats can also provide a pop of colour for an otherwise neutral outfit. This season, look for options with an animal or spicy metallic print.
Make sure you have these five pairs of shoes in your closet and you’ll never have to worry about finishing your look!