What are the 10 shoe styles every woman should own?

In the spirit of streamlining your inevitably abundant shoe collection, we have simplified your must-keep list. And while footwear trends may weave in and out from platform to sleek, we can assure you these 10 styles are here to stay.

 

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Must-Have #1: Black Barely-There Sandals

This sandal is best for spring, summer, and early fall. It is meant to be as minimal as possible, perhaps with just a strap or two to keep your foot in place. It helps to elongate your legs and show off a new pedicure, and doesn’t compete with the rest of your look.

Must-Have #2: Nude Pumps

You want to find a pump that is a touch beige and a touch peach. In other words: a "nude" hue that will go with everything from a black dress to a floral pant. Find a flattering style that serves as an extension of your long gams and can be the one stop shop to minimalist packing for long trips. 

Must-Have #3: Bright Pumps

Since your day-to-day uniform is usually a smattering of neutrals, invest in a brightly colored pump that can quickly liven your look. A turquoise or fuchsia stiletto surprisingly goes with most things in your wardrobe and can take a look from ordinary to extraordinarily festive.

Must-Have #4: Red Ballet Flats

We are forever fans of a classic ballet flat in bright red. They look fantastic paired with a t-shirt and dark jeans combo or with a nautical striped sweater. Additionally, they look sweet styled with a black or navy casual dress and enviable with polka-dot anything. 

Must-Have #5: Gold Flat Sandals

Think of gold flat sandals as a piece of foot jewelry. This style serves as a dressy alternative to heels and works with everything from party pants to your dressiest of dresses. You can go with simple two-strap versions or Grecian-influenced numbers.

Must-Have #6: Nude Wedges

The wedge is simply a comfortable way to give you height. A neutral version can be great with a wide-leg trouser, jeans, or a super long casual dress. Plus, you can always rely on them for long summer nights or beach-y weddings.

Must-Have #7: Low Cowboy-Inspired Booties

A short western-inspired boot is a total necessity for both skinny jeans and dresses. It can add a little boyish charm and give your look some rough and tumble flexibility.

Must-Have #8: Low Profile Sneakers

A classic sneaker, like Chuck Taylors or Vans, can be your go-to tennis shoe when you really need to move and shake. These comfortable shoes are great with everything from harem pants to trouser shorts.

Must-Have #9: Animal-Print Statement Shoes

Embrace your playful side with a go-to pair of super sexy statement shoes in a classic animal print like leopard, snake, or zebra, and wear with wild abandon.

Must-Have #10: Timeless All-Weather Boots

A knee-high style, like wellies or a riding boot, can come in handy for cooler or rainy climates. When armed with a stylish pair, you will feel great even when the weather is not.

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Atlantic-Pacific

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