There's no denying the power of the perfect shoe. Not only is the right pair the foundation of any outfit, but it can completely transform your look like that. That's why we suggest building the ideal collection in your 20s. Start your solid assortment early and you'll have the right style for every event that comes up throughout life—job interviews, weddings, and everything in between.
While you'll undoubtedly continue adding to your shoe closet over time, there are a few styles you should start investing in early on. We tapped shoe expert and Barneys New York senior fashion director Tomoko Ogura to craft the ultimate checklist for you below.
Keep scrolling to peep the styles (for every budget!) that'll give you a leg—well, foot—up in the style department from now on and forever.
"I’ve never been one for heels at work (flats keep me comfortable and productive). Instead, I opt for chic loafers like this one from Manolo. They're easy to pair with almost any office look, so I recommend investing in some beautiful classic ones."
"Make a statement on the dance floor with a sexy shoe that makes any look, whether a T-shirt and jeans or a black dress, more intriguing. Rock your heels with confidence!"
"A well-made stacked combat boot is great for its versatility. You can pair these shoes with anything (skirts, skinnies, dresses) and give your look extra attitude. I love that it’s comfortable and effortless but still cool."
"Your 20s should be spent working hard and playing hard, which may mean that you’ll be running all of your errands on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. A sneaker like these will help you speed through your weekend to-do list."
"Classic pumps are trustworthy, and the BB is offered in five different heel heights (50-70-90-105-115) and a rainbow of colors. Its many iterations are proof that the silhouette is timeless and can be made your own."
"A refined slide or sandal is a necessity for the hot summer months. Keep your shoe game elevated by investing in a snake-stamped shoe. Don’t forget the pedicure!"