When I’m sometimes helping friends do a wardrobe revamp they always ask me about which shoes they need to cull and which shoes they need to add to their collection. I’m the first to admit that I’ve managed to accumulate a number of shoes in my time, all of which I love for various reasons, however there are certain shoes in my closet that I know I definitely couldn’t live without. These are the shoes that have got me through many occasions and I turn to time and time again. This is why I inevitably always give my girlfriends the same list of shoes — this is the footwear that I guarantee will be used often and will serve you season after season.
So, what’s on the list? These 7 shoes will get you through all kinds of occasions and will make putting a stylish outfit together just that little bit easier.
Black slimline heels
I’ve worn these heels to black tie functions, to work events, to weddings, to social occasions… the list goes on. This is why I think every woman should own a pair of simple black slimline heels as they will become a go-to on more than one occasion.
A black and nude pump
This is the workhorse shoe of my wardrobe. I find I’ll wear a black pump with everything from a cocktail dress to work attire. I love a pointy toed black pump in suede or leather. (Just be sure to waterproof them to help with their longevity.)
Sometimes a black pump will look too harsh with certain clothing so a shoe in a nude colour is a great alternative. You’ll find this shoe is just as versatile as a black pump and will work back with so many different items from your wardrobe.
Black high heeled boots
Now that winter is on its way make it your mission to find a good pair of black high heeled boots. The right pair of black boots will last you season after season and you’ll wonder how you ever survived winter without them.
A comfy pair of flat shoes
For those days when you’re running around and just need to be comfortable, a pair of ballet flats is an essential (if you prefer a loafer they also fall into the same category). I have a pair of black ballet flats that I’ve had for years and a pair of Gucci loafers that are still in high rotation. They’re my go-to shoes when comfort is key. You don’t necessarily have to go for a neutral either, you can have some fun with flats and experiment with different prints or colours.
A statement shoe
Every girl should have a pair of show-stopping heels that make an outfit. I love an animal print myself (leopard especially) however you could also go for a metallic colour or something with really interesting detail. The only aim should be is that they’re bold and definitely stand out from the crowd.
These have become almost as crucial to my wardrobe as my heels as I spend so much of my time running around, comfort is key. Plus sneakers as just so versatile. From my off duty wardrobe to spending a day at the office, my sneakers are front and centre. I definitely think a pair of classic white sneakers is a must.
What’s one pair of shoes that you simply can’t live without?
Photography: Tamika Keioske and Sophia Athas