Following on from our previous post on the types of shoe every man should own, we couldn’t leave you lovely ladies out. It’s much harder to narrow down the essential shoes for women to just 7 candidates and we could have easily put 20 in here, but we’ve managed to do it!
Don’t underestimate the power of a killer pair of shoes. They can bring a whole outfit together, add some flair and style to an otherwise understated look or bring an out-there outfit back down to earth. But which shoes can everyone rely on? The ones that belong in every wardrobe? Well, we’ve figured it out, so you don’t have to! In no particular order:
First up, we have the evergreen ballet flat. These are an obvious choice. Ballet pumps offer ease of use and serious comfort. Perfect if your feet are sore from the heels you wore last night or you’re just running errands. Ballet pumps can be paired with almost anything and will look good in any outfit provided there aren’t obvious colour clashes. Go for animal print pumps if you’re looking to add a pop of pattern to your outfit, or a muted black pair that’ll go with anything.
Another one you probably could’ve guessed. Classic sneakers. Whether these be a timeless canvas pair or some shelltoes for the summer, a good pair of women’s trainers is a must-have. They can be worn all year round, they rival the ballet pumps’ crown of comfortability and are the ideal companion for those lazy days. There’s so much variety with trainers but a pair of white canvas shoes are a good idea and will be get more than a few outings in the summer. When the weather starts to turn, some darker leather trainers may be more advisable to avoid ruining the materials and getting them dirty.
Go-To High Heels
A pair of high heels that you can always rely on. These are so important. Be ready to go out at any time with a pair of killer heels that you know will go with anything. Black or nude pumps always tend to be a safe bet. You’ll be ready to go on any spontaneous night out with these in your wardrobe. There’s a good chance that you own more than one pair of heels that you consider your ‘go-to’. That’s not a bad idea: we advise that you have a safer option like black heels that are always ready to go, as well as a bolder option. If your outfit is monochrome or muted, a loud pair of heels can become the perfect accent. If your outfit is already bold, don’t let your feet distract anyone from it.
There are few things in life greater than the mighty ankle boot. An absolute must-have for any woman. Ankle boots are often the cherry on top of a stunning outfit. Whether they have heels or are flat, they’re classy and look as good with jeans as they do with a maxi dress. A pair of black ankle boots, whether they be suede or leather, is a good idea as they’ll always be ready to go as part of any outfit.
Flat sandals are a summer staple. Whether they be strappy sandals or even a pair of stylish sliders, a solid pair of flat sandals will be your friend come the summer months. They’re easy to wear and perfect for when you’re out and about. They won’t weigh you down and they tend to let your outfit do most of the talking. Use them as an accent to your look. When it comes to flat sandals, you may want to pay more attention to the detailing. Flat sandals tend to be fairly basic so it’s the details that can bring them to life.
Knee High Boots
For instant class and style, a pair of knee high boots will do the trick instantly. Ideal for when the winter starts to draw in, not only do they provide warmth, but they look great. A pair of brown women’s boots is recommended in the autumn especially. They naturally suit the colours of autumn and give you plenty of scope to pair them how you want as brown will naturally pair with lots of clothing. A black pair is more suitable for the winter. The days are short, you need the warmth and block boots certainly embrace the dark, winter aesthetic.
A pair of killer heels is all well and good but killer by name, killer by nature. If you want to achieve the same effect of elongating your legs and adding a few inches to your height, you can do so with a pair of wedge sandals. Another versatile shoe, you can use these daily and you won’t have to nurse blisters and broken feet. Every summer, there are more than a few occasions where a good pair of wedges will come in handy. Think weddings and garden parties. The wedge heel means you won’t be sinking into any grass and you can wear them for the entire function. With wedges, you have no limitations with your outfit. They look as good paired with shorts and a top as they do with party dresses.
There you have it, the 7 essential shoes that every woman should own. We selected these based on a few things, but the main characteristic that they all share is their versatility. All of these shoes tend to go with pretty much any outfit. They also come in different varieties, so you achieve a lot of looks with the shoes below. Just because we said 7 essential types of shoe, doesn’t mean that you can’t get multiple pairs of them!
Do you think we missed any out? Leave a comment below and let us know if you think there are any other essential shoe styles we’ve forgotten. If you’ve just realised that you’re missing some of these essentials, then head to our women’s shoes section where you can find free & fast delivery and great deals on all our must-have shoes.