The secret of the most stylish women around the world is not giving in to impulse buys, but rather investing in staples that match their personal aesthetic and are easy to work around for any occasion and look. Do you have all the basics covered? To help you answer that question, Savoir Flair provides a checklist of the ten most useful shoe styles that every woman should own. Read on below and see what’s missing from your wardrobe.
One of the cornerstones of any good shoedrobe is a reliable, versatile pair of sneakers – and we don’t mean the running kind. Stick to simple white or ecru, and opt for canvas or leather. This way, you’ll wear them through every season, year after year, with almost everything in your closet.
Standing-All-Day Block Heels
Important business meetings, post-work drinks with friends, running around the city for errands – for days when you know you won’t be sitting down much, or even at all, you need a shoe that offers complete comfort, but won’t completely ruin your outfit. This calls for block heels, and a silhouette that’ll let your feet breathe.
Classic Black Boots
Rain or shine, black boots are a great way to add edge to a girly ensemble. For winter, they’ll keep you warm when worn with straight jeans and a cashmere sweater. Come summer, they will look just as great with minidresses and shorts.
Wear-with-Everything Summer Sandals
Every girl should own a pair of summer sandals that she can slip on as she’s running out the door, knowing they’re going to look great with whatever she’s wearing. Stick to black, tan, or white, and a style that complements your personal aesthetic. If you’re bohemian, go for a Grecian style. If you’re more polished, try a simple strappy pair. And if you’re alternative, try a thick-soled “ugly” shoe.
Fashion-Forward Statement Heels
Special occasions call for special finishing touches and, sometimes, your regular black sandals just won’t do. This is why every woman should own a show-stopping pair of statement heels. Be it embellishment, patterns, or laser cutwork, such a pair can really take an outfit from good to great.
Classic Court Shoes
A workwear staple, a timeless classic, and an ageless silhouette, the court shoe is a must-have in any woman’s wardrobe – regardless of her personal style. It’s a go-to for smartening up casual looks, it adds a polished edge to denim, and it will never go out of style.
Stylish Ballerina Flats
Ballerina flats were not just for teenagers in the noughties! This is a style that often divides opinion, but when paired with a simple T-shirt and denim, you immediately have the chic French-girl factor. Invest in a quality, soft-leather pair that won’t hurt your feet, and you’ll want to wear them every day.
Go-To Going Out Heels
If you plan to dance all night, you’re going to need a pair of shoes that won’t give you grief. Enter: the go-to going out shoe. Strappy, a heel height that you can sprint in (for some that might be one inch, for others it’s six), and a color that literally goes with everything. Barely-there sandals in black suede with a sturdy heel always look super stylish.
Super Smart Flats
Smoking slippers, loafers, or brogues add an androgynous slant to feminine outfits, especially those that carry details like wingtip toe-caps and chunky soles. Plus, if you work in a corporate office but heels aren’t your thing, these will be your new best friend.
A Pop of Color
Because investment pieces aren’t just about sensible purchases that go with everything. Express your personality with a playful pair of shoes in either a bright color or super cool pattern.