I'm Overhauling My Shoe Closet—33 Versatile Pairs I'm Loving on Shopbop


@smythsisters; PICTURED: Birkenstock Boston Shearling Clogs ($170)

As I live in New York City, footwear is a massive personal-wardrobe priority. Comfort and practicality are nonnegotiable, but that doesn't have to exclude taste or trendiness. Unfortunately, the amount of walking and conditions of the city significantly shorten the lifespan of a pair of shoes. With the start of the New Year, I decided it was high time I part ways with some of my beloved footwear for updated options. 

Versatility—e.g., low heel heights, platform soles, and lots of sneakers—is key in my footwear wardrobe. Ballet flats, loafers, and easy boots are perfect for work, and mules, sneakers, and more difficult boots make up my weekend footwear. But all of the below pairs I've chosen can be for work or play. 

The shoe shopping list ahead is an ideal amalgamation of adaptable, practical, and wearable footwear. It's time to put your feet first.

These functional mules will match everything. 

Black strappy heels are timeless. 

Shoes that can take on the city streets. 

Dream shoes for cool comfort.

Colorful sneakers never hurt any closet. 

Wrap-up heels with a practical height.

Vintage low-top sneakers are a 2023 must-buy.

These crystal mules have me planning a disco ensemble.

Pink and green make for fun trainers.

Serious camel loafers that are super sophisticated. 

Statement boots that will withstand many seasons.

A platform is always guaranteed comfort.

Black Chelsea boots don't need an explanation.

The barely-there trend but in mule form.

Recycled rubber makes these boots city-proof.

With dresses in the summer and socks in the winter.

A play on your traditional winter lace-up boots.

These updated Ugg boots are as cozy as they look.

Chunky black loafers are a mainstay in my closet.

Trust me—these platforms are all-night shoes.

Clogs that you'll wear every day, inside or outside.

Pink sneakers are a major personal weakness.

Block-heel boots are a safe bet for built-in comfort. 

In warm weather, platform flip-flops offer added support.