Trust Scandi Women—These 5 Classic Shoes Go With Everything

Scandi women are widely regarded as some of the most stylish in the world, and it's not hard to see why. With an inherent knack for putting together effortlessly cool and timeless outfits, their looks serve as constant inspiration for our wares. From minimalist dresses to oversized knits to bold colour choices and a focus on striking silhouettes, they manage to look chic without ever trying too hard (at least that's how it appears from the outset). Today, however, I thought we'd focus our energy on a specific facet of the Scandi aesthetic; footwear.

With the power to make or break an outfit, your shoe choices should never be made in haste—a sentiment that our Scandinavian friends clearly share. I set out to find the shoes Scandi fashion people rely on, and it didn't take long to see that their approach to shoes is all about practicality and versatility. Think walk-anywhere flat shoes and go-with-everything black ankle boots, which prove themselves to be staples in their wardrobes. The perfect complement to any outfit, whether you're running errands or attending a fancy event, each shoe style you'll discover below will work hard for you and can be worn in a myriad of ways. Like us Brits, Scandi women are just as enamoured with ballet flats this season, which add instant polish to any ensemble. Trainers are on the agenda, too, and make for the easiest throw-on with jeans and leggings.

One of the best things about Scandi style is that it's easy to emulate. And when it comes to shoes, a few pairs of classic options will go a long way. So, if you want to add a little Scandi flair to your wardrobe, start with the basics—scroll on to see the shoes Scandi women always wear.

1. Ballet Flats


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Style Notes: Ballet flats might be synonymous with French fashion but the shoe is just as prevalent in the wardrobes of Scandi dressers. 

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2. Slingbacks


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Style Notes: Sleek and elevated, slingbacks work perfectly with the minimalist side to the Scandi aesthetic and are often the heel of choice of the region's fashion people. 

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3. Running Shoes


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Style Notes: Scandi women do casual dressing better than anyone, which is likely why so many of their outfits centre around trainers. Right now, I'm noticing their affinity for runner-style kicks. 

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4. Mary Janes


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Style Notes: Mary Janes are a key shoe trend this season but, where others are favouring flat styles, Scandi girls are still wearing heeled versions on the regular. 

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5. Simple Boots


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Style Notes: The fact is, there's room for a timeless pair of black boots in every capsule shoe collection. Clean lines are what Scandi girls seem to respond to most; look for square or pointed toes and wear with long trousers to emulate their look. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.