I’m pretty sure shoes are a woman’s best friend. With endless options each season, it’s hard not to amass a collection of pumps in a rainbow of colors, or more than 10 pairs of black boots. So, if you’re looking to make a major investment this season, or a closet cleaning is on your horizon, here’s an easy guide to help you streamline. Scroll through for the classic shoes every fashionable woman should have in her closet.
A basic black pump in suede or leather is the ultimate go-to, they pull together any outfit and add instant sophistication.
Victoria Beckham ; Manolo Blahnik
A barely-there ankle-strap sandal goes with just about anything and lengthens your legs.
Blake Lively ; Stuart Weitzman
Need to add a little edge to your look? Ankle boots do the trick when paired with jeans or dresses.
Amanda Weiner ; Saint Laurent Paris
The quintessial run-around shoe, and a preppy-wardrobe staple, we favor a basic black or a bright color when it comes to flats.
Alexa Chung ; Repetto
Animal print shoes
Snakeskin or leopard heels add sultry style to your look. We also consider this print a neutral when mixing with other prints.
Poppy Delevingne ; Jimmy Choo
Metallic heels are a no-brainer for an evening look—but they also work for daytime.
Jessica Alba ; Jimmy Choo
Short stacked heels
This ’90s style is making a serious comeback—the stacked heel gives you a little height without sacricing any comfort.
Joanna Hillman ; Marni
Wedges lend a lot of height and a lot of style.
Shea Marie ; Chloe
A fashionable sneaker is the perfect weekend shoe, pair it with jeans and dresses alike.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen ; Superga
The ubiquitous summer shoe to pair with everything from cut-off shorts to a floral sundress.
K. Jacques sandals
Tall fall boots
Tall boots, especially with a nod to equestrian style are timeless. They’re essential for fall, and add polish to a t-shirt and jeans look.