Tuesday, November 20, 2012

List :: The Only Shoes You Need (7 pairs!)

Perhaps it's the change of seasons, or the changes happening in my personal life, but I feel the need to change my appearance too. I want to dye my hair, start working out again, and do a complete closet overhaul. It's not that I don't like how I look -- I mean, I post photos of myself all over the internet, so you can figure that one out -- but I just don't think I look like me anymore. During the course of 2012, I've changed on the inside -- for the better, I hope -- and I want my outward appearance to reflect that.

Having said that, there are a few things that won't change, no matter how often I clean out my closet. We all know the staples a woman must own -- a little black dress, a good pair of jeans, a structured blazer. But what about shoes? From observing my friends' closets and conversations, I think this is one area where most gals have quite a few more pairs than they actually need.

I'm not here to lecture, of course. If you have the space and money, and buying shoes makes you happy -- by all means, go for it! But for some ladies, it's a real problem. And this post is for you.

Black Pumps
Target / Piperlime

Whether kitten or platform, leather or suede, a pair of basic black heels is essential. They can be worn with jeans or a pencil skirt, to work or to play. I have to replace mine every six months because I wear them so often; in fact, I think that time has come again.

Black Flats
Dorothy Perkins / Michael Kors

These are another absolute must. I wear mine almost every day. If I were to narrow my collection down to two styles, it would be these first two! I suggest carefully choosing a pair with a soft, cushioned bottom -- sometimes, flats can hurt your feet moreso than heels.

Nude Pumps
RSVP / Christian Louboutin

Remember a couple years ago when the nude shoe first became trendy? Now, it's evolved into a closet staple -- especially when it comes to fall hues such as chocolate, oxblood and rust. I also enjoy wearing mine with summertime yellows and whites when a black heel just seems too strong.

Nine West / Nike

Style bloggers, the secret's out -- everybody knows you dress casually once in awhile. So why not still look cute? The best sneaker situation is choosing one that doubles as a workout shoe. Fun and functional.

Target / Piperlime

If you live in a warmer climate like me -- or perhaps you're going to visit one this season -- sandals are certainly needed. Save your flip-flops for public pools and opt for something a little more chic.

ZOOSHOO / Lucky Brand

And I ain't talkin' about the rain or snow kind. Every woman needs a sexy-yet-classy pair of boots to wear with dresses, pencil skirts and jeans. I personally prefer black because it's the most versatile -- but if you're sick of black at this point, gray may be a better option.

Journeys / LOFT

And I ain't talkin' about the ones that babies wear. It's probably a no-no, but I wear mine all year round. For me, ankle boots with a heel are more comfortable and supportive than pumps. What do you think?


  1. All i can say to this post is 'YES!' just learned all this shoe tips lately and definitely need to work on grabbing these essentials!

  2. Seriously great post Steph---- but if I only owned 7 pairs of shoes I would die. Also, I think you also need a sexy sandal!

  3. i still need a pair of nude heels in my life!
    great post, you can never have enough shoes :)
    xo, cheyenne

  4. I need some flats really bad, including others but I won't mention them because I'll just get depressed all over again. lol! I have horrible feet and whenever I do find a pair that feel comfortable they come home with me because it's a rare occasion that I find a pair that work! I'm also always sure to ask the cashier if I can wear them around my apartment and take them back if it's a no go. ...And that has happened many times! Bleh! Anyhow, lovely list lady ;)

  5. Yup, these definitely are the basics! And I have at least 2 pairs of every basic kind of shoe I need because I definitely need boots in a wide variety of colors. You know, so I have more options!? -Jess

  6. love this shoes and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

  7. Yes I'm doing it right! Lol. A nude pair of heels is what I lack and what I keep saying I need. But I have yet to come across a pair that I love.

  8. hallelujah the link to ZOOSHOO!!! hadn't found out about this one yet, thank you, thank you for opening up new shopping opportunities!

  9. That is a solid 7 pair line up if I've ever seen one. I own a version of all of these. And unfortunately way more than 7.

  10. 7 genres of shoes, check.
    I might own a couple of the same type of shoes :P


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