No doubt we don’t have to tell you that you can never have too many shoes. Unfortunately, though, as many women know, our credit card doesn’t always support our shopping habit, so even though those bright pink Louboutins may be on your wishlist, they’re not always the most practical choice.
But does practical footwear have to mean boring footwear? Of course not! If you’re on a budget, but you’re still wanting to build a collection of footwear that works for your fashion-forward sensibility, here are the top 7 shoes every woman should have in her wardrobe (guilt-free).
Casual, Comfortable Walking Shoes
You may love your heels, but when it comes to walking long distances, you’re definitely going to want something that keeps you looking great, but also keeps your feet happy. Nobody likes sore feet when they’re trying to enjoy a walk. Not to mention, when you’re walking with other people, you don’t want to be that person who can’t keep up with the crowd, do you? Look for walking shoes that speak to your style. If that means bright red walking shoes, go for it. If something minimalistic is more your style, then go with that. Whatever you do, always remember to stay true to the styles you love, rather than being trend driven.
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No questions you’ll get plenty of use out of a pair of ballet flats. Perfect for walking, for the office, and for being out-and-about, your ballet flats will become a staple in your wardrobe. Plus hey, ballet flats are ideal for both warmer or cooler temperatures, and they’ll work for casual or sophisticated outfits. Really, with ballet flats, it’s very hard to go wrong.
Once that warm weather kicks in, you’ll definitely be itching for a pair of wedges in your collection. Paired with everything from party dresses to cutoffs, wedges are that perfect compromise between comfort and style.
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And of course, no list of essential shoes would be complete without the classic pump. You’ll likely find that a pair of classic black pumps will serve you best.
On those days where the temperatures are skyrocketing and your feet need a break from your wedges, you’ll know that it’s time to strap your foot into your favorite pair of basic sandals, no heel required. You’ll likely discover that there’s one style of sandal you always gravitate towards. Whether it’s a strappy sandal, a tie-up sandal, or maybe a gladiator style sandal, find a pair of neutral colored sandals that work with your wardrobe and style. Once you do that, you’ll find spring and summer outfits much easier to put together.
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When the leaves start turning colors, we know you’ll be pulling out those classic riding boots. We also know it can be tempting to buy boots in every style and color, but to get the most bang for your buck, we suggest purchasing a high quality riding boot that you know you’ll get the most use out of. It’s much more practical to have one amazing pair of riding boots that you can pair with multiple outfits, rather than multiple mediocre options.
Slip On Sandals
We’ve likely all had that occasion where we need to be able to slip our shoes on and off. Whether it’s for a day at the beach, a road trip, or a cottage weekend, nobody likes to be fiddling with their shoes when they know they’ll be taking them on and off. Slip on sandals might not seem as fashion-forward as some of your other options above, but when it comes to practicality, you’ll be happy knowing you have them.
Like we said, we definitely know it’s tempting to buy all these shoes in various, colors and styles. Trust us, we get you. Just remember, if you spend your entire budget on five pairs of riding boots, you might not have the budget for those black pumps that your collection is missing.
Our advice to you: start with the basic and ensure you’re prepared by following this list of essential shoes every woman must have. Once you do that, then you can start adding in second options, because as you know, we definitely agree that you can never have too many shoes.