The Cool-Girl Versions of Your Favorite Shoe Styles

The Cool-Girl Versions of Your Favorite Shoe Styles
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Cool girls understand the importance of a good shoe, which can take any outfit to the next level without much effort on your part. After all, when you’re rocking a killer pair of kicks, you can keep the rest of your outfit simple and fuss-free—which is something we’re definitely on board with. To help you out, we took a few staple shoe styles and found versions worthy of a cool girl, thanks to a few chic details, statement-making hues, and unique shapes.

Looking to upgrade your shoe collection? You’re going to want to scroll down.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    You’re going to be wearing booties a lot in a month, so take note. Cool girls embrace all styles, so whether you snag a pair of Chelsea boots or tough moto shoes, you’re set for fall!

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    KG Kurt Geiger Shimmy Tassel Booties ($245) in Rust

    A neutral-colored bootie with a walkable heel is a staple. Bonus points for the extra-cool fringe tassel.

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    Bionda Castana China Boots ($1,022)

    Textured snakeskin instantly elevates these sleek Chelsea boots.

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    Jimmy Choo Dondo Boots ($1,050)

    Sturdy motorcycle boots are perfect for your off-duty weekend outfits.

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    Flat Sandals:

    PHOTO: Athens Streetstyle

    Flat sandals are always a summer go-to, but this season cool girls were obsessed with comfortable details, like wide straps and cushiony flatbeds.

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    Birkenstock Arizona Sandals ($120) in Twilight

    You already know that Birkenstock sandals have become cool, but a pair in bold blue? Even better. 

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    Ancient Greek Sandals Thais Calf-Hair Sandals ($198)

    This slip-on by Ancient Greek Sandals is the MVP of simple yet stylish sandals

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    MTNG Sabler Sandals ($68) in Chocolate/Pink

    A unique color combination, classic construction, and great price point make these sandals must-haves.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Lately you’ve probably noticed you live in a sneaker-centric world, where cool girls can make any pair look effortlessly stylish. We’ve spotted plenty of on-point kicks that do the work for you.

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    Isabel Marant Bart Leather Sneakers ($475)

    Say goodbye to wedge sneakers in favor of Isabel Marant’s flat, two-tone version.

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    New Balance 996 Suede Mesh Sneakers ($136)

    Metallic details punch up these sporty and functional classics.

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    Valentino Lace & Mesh Sneakers ($745)

    Lace and a pretty color palette? Of course the most feminine sneakers come courtesy of Valentino.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Not only are pumps ultra-flattering, they’re the easiest way to add a dressy spin to any outfit. Check out these statement-making heels.

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    Jimmy Choo Houry Dark Orchid Kid Leather Pointy Toe Stilettos ($895)

    Try out this buckled twist on d’Orsay pumps.

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    Topshop Gauche Skinny Heels ($95) in Nude

    The addition of skinny straps add a cool element to these feminine shoes .

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    Alexander Wang Magdalena Cut Out Pumps ($625) in Black

    Leave it to Alexander Wang to design these super-sharp, futuristic pumps.

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    PHOTO: Athens Streetstyle

    Mules are the newest style to achieve staple shoe status. It’s easy to see why: The backless slip-on shoes are easy to wear, and they look incredibly sleek.

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    Topshop Jasmeen Mid Heel Mules ($110) in Burgundy

    We like the chunky heel and oxblood hue of this fall-friendly pair.

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    Sigerson Morrison Verity Matte-Leather Mules ($425) in Black

    The hint of a peep-toe and a tapered heel up this shoe’s cool factor.

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    Bionda Castana Atlanta Mules ($806)

    These scarlet mules are sexy and sweet—perfect for date night.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Sad but true fact? A girl can’t wear heels all the time. Luckily, flats can be fun, and we find that cool girls love a classic style livened up with interesting details.

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    Chloé Susannah Studded Calf Ballerinas ($695) in Black

    Chloé’s flat version of its beloved Susannah boots is as stylish and versatile as its inspiration.


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    Faryl Robin + Free People Lietta II Flats ($128) in Black Leather

    Crisscrossing straps upgrade these basic pointy-toe flats.

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    Jimmy Choo Attila Aegean Panelled Elaphe Pointy Toe Flats ($795)

    The combination of cobalt blue and snakeskin feels especially current right now.

    How do you like to style your favorite cool-girl shoes? Sound off in the comments below!

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