11 Shoes Every Fashionista Needs

by Anne Middleton, on March 16th, 2015
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Whether you buy a pair for every new outfit, or you just love the thrill of shoe shopping, it’s not hard to amass a footwear collection that would make Carrie Bradshaw green with envy. But, devoting the majority of your clothing budget to sky high heels and pumps in every hue can leave with a crowed closet and nothing to wear with your daily outfits. There’s no need for your closet to look like a Zappos warehouse. Every fashionable lady can complete her shoe collection with just 11 pairs. 

Black Pumps

Like an LBD for your feet, black pumps are the go-to choice that will pair perfectly with your entire wardrobe. Plus, there isn't an occasion or dress code that classic dark heels won't fit into. Out of all the shoes in your closet, this is the pair to invest in since they will get the most wear.

Nude Heels

From upscale daytime looks to elegant evening outfits, nude heels can carry to same workload as black heels but with a lighter look. The neutral shade will work with everything you own, forever solving your footwear dilemmas. Plus they can make you look a bit taller since they elongate the look of the leg and carry the eye all the way to the toe.

Tall Boots

From the from the moment the first leaf falls through the last rainy spring day, tall leather boots are the go-to shoes for all your autumn, winter and spring looks. Not only to they look trendy and pulled together, they will also keep you warm and dry. Grab a pair of flat riding boots to layer over skinny jeans and leggings. Or, opt for a pair with a chunky or stiletto heels to wear with tights and short skirts or dresses.

Ballet Flats

Ladylike elegance meets comfort in stylish ballet flats. Perfect for looking polished on the go, simple flats look chic with everything from jeans or slacks to skirt and dresses.

Flip Flops

For lazy days and trips to the beach, nothing beats a pair of easy on, easy off flip flops. While the rubber varieties are overly casual for most places, a leather pair is just right for teaming with shorts and tees for laid-back outings. Check out Ugg, the same brand as your favorite fuzzy boots, for some cute options.

Leather Sandals

Not to be confused with flip flops, nice leather sandals are not beach shoes. Keep your tootsies cool all summer long by selecting a pair in a neutral hue to pair with shorts and casual skirts and dresses.

Wedge Sandals

Dressier than flat sandals, strappy wedges are perfect for showing off a colorful pedicure. They offer all the height of a heel but are easier to walk in. Look for cork or jute heels for a casual look, or leather for a more upscale vibe. Pair these summer staples with all your crops and maxi dresses.

Athletic Shoes

Going to gym or hitting the street for a run is an unfortunate necessity, but that doesn't mean your workout shoes need to be sad. Whether your style is bright and bold, or laid-back neutral, finding a pair you love can make working out much more fun. Check out Nike for a huge selection.

Canvas Sneakers

Sometimes you need a comfy pair of kicks. But, athletic shoes can look clunky with anything but fitness gear. Reserve the gym shoes for your workout and pick up a cute pair of canvas sneakers for your most casual days. Pair them with shorts, denim, tees and sweaters. Converse offers colors ranging from black to bubble gum.

Ankle Booties

Like petite versions of their taller sisters, ankle boots are a high-fashion choice that will work with nearly everything in your closet. Try them with rolled jeans, casual dresses, and even your favorite work-appropriate crops and slacks. While you might store your favorite leather boots away once the snow turns to sun, booties are a year-round staple.

Statement Heels

With the basics covered it's time for some fun. Every woman needs a pair of statement heels to wake up neutral outfits and solid separates. Check out Boston Proper for bright hues, sexy straps, sparkling glitter, sassy polka dots or pretty patterns. Indulge in something that speaks to you and you might find them to be more versatile than you expected.