Ask a man about women, and something that is likely to appear on the list is shoes. Women have this reputation of loving shoes and having way too many.
For me, I have tiny tiny tiny feet. So, I have a bit of a difficult time finding shoes. Which is probably good, because if I could walk into any store and find about any style in my size I would be in trouble. Since that’s not the case, I’m not much of a shoe addict.
Today, I want to share with you what I think the top five important styles of shoes for any fashionista to have are. This is, of course, just my opinion as these are the shoes I wear most and see most useful when dressing to look good.
Feel free to chime in with your own suggestions as well!
My first shoe necessity is boots.
I have a pair of black boots and a pair of brown boots. Let me rephrase that. I have two or three pairs currently of the same black boots because I wear them SO much that they barely make it through the season. I also happen to LOVE them, and they were reasonably priced, so I have a few back-up pairs for when my current pair wears out!
Where to begin with boots? I wear them with skinny jeans, I wear them with dresses and skirts, I wear them with leggings and tunics. Pretty much all fall and winter you can find me in boots, scarves, cardigans, and either skinny jeans or dresses and leggings. They are super comfortable and super cute! Mine go up about mid calf and I think that is a good place on my short little legs.
If you don’t have a good pair of boots, find one! Get them and wear them. Your cold weather wardrobe will never be the same. And you will be grateful.
Second, ballet flats.
I have flats in several different colors, but these mustard yellow ones are my current favorites. I find flats to be pretty comfy and there is a lot less of a chance that you will trip and make a fool of yourself as opposed to the chances when you are wearing heels.
They are pretty cute and can be pulled off in any season! I have also found flats to be usually pretty fairly priced. Which is ALWAYS a perk!
Up next, cute heels.
I’m not a big fan of big ol’ crazy high heels. I seriously look like a fool trying to walk in them. If you have mastered that, you are my hero and you deserve to rock them. For the rest of us, though, I recommend something more along the lines of the shoes I have pictured above.
These little guys just have a tiny, cute heel that serves not much more of a purpose than slanting your foot a bit and giving the authoritative “click” that comes when you walk on hard ground in heels.
I think it’s important to have at least one good pair of heels for when you need to look extra dressy. I don’t wear these very often, but it is nice to have them for occasions such as interviews, important meetings, and weddings. Plus, when I do wear them, I secretly love hearing that “click, click, click” as I walk on tile. It makes me feel respectable.
Fourth, every lady needs a good pair (or more than just one!) of awesome sandals.
I’m not talking flip flops (though they are wonderful!) here, I’m talking sandals with a sole and straps that look sort of classy even. In the spring and summer time, my boots wearing turns into sandal wearing. As often as I wear boots in the fall and winter, I wear sandals during warm weather about the same amount of times.
They are quick and easy to put on and run out the door in. I like to say I have claustrophobic feet because I get antsy if my feet are cooped up in tight, closed shoes for too long (I HATE tennis shoes!) so free, open sandals are GREAT for me!
Finally, I would highly recommend a pair of TOMS for your closet!
TOMS is a company that sells shoes and for every pair of shoes bought, one pair is donated to a child in need. You can purchase them online in the US as well as in Australia! These shoes are incredibly adorable, go with about anything, and SUPER comfortable. I have a job where I am on my feet on concrete floors for several hours a day, and my TOMS are life savers.
If you don’t have a pair, I’d suggest getting one. I started with a simple, solid colored pair. I still wear them often. I also have another solid colored pair. Plus you are supporting a good cause!
Shoes are really important. I’ve learned the hard way that not wearing good, supportive shoes can lead to back problems and fun things like that. Even getting a pair of insoles to put in your less supportive shoes can help quite a bit. Because trust me, as someone who had major back problems before she was twenty, it is NOT fun.
I will save you from all the shoe puns I’m thinking up right now and just tell you to have a good day!