If I were stranded on a desert island, these are the shoes I couldn’t live without. Although most likely I’d run barefoot. 🙂
Seriously, these are just examples of the staples that should be in your closet. No matter what your occupation or lifestyle. If you can afford about $30 at the Goodwill, you can own all of these.
1) Flat sandals. Every mom needs a pair of these. Forget the trail sandals or flip flops, a simple, basic flat sandal will pair with shorts, skirts and skinny jeans. They are feminine and elegant and a must have. In metallic, there isn’t anything they won’t go with!
2) A nude pump. This is the work horse of heels. This little gem can go to the office or a night out. It matches just about everything because it is supposed to match you! Find one that comes close to your skin color and pair it with just about anything. I draw the line at denim shorts but you get the idea.
3) A tall boot. The riding boot is the most versatile. It can be worn with skirts and skinny jeans and is easy to wear for errands. Choose them in black and cover the “motorcycle” boot look without having to add in a second pair.
4) A flat- most versatile- leopard or metallic. I choose leopard for this experiment simply because it is having a resurgence this fall. And it really looks sharp. Think of the leopard print like you would a red shoe, a pop of unexpected pattern that adds a new dimension to your outfit. BTW, choosing a red shoe is a great staple…
5) Wedge sandal- Want something dressier than a flat but a heel is too much? This is the answer. Bonus wearability, it is the answer for what do I wear with capris. I chose black because it is the most sophisticated but you can do more casual in an espadrille. Or you can do dressier with a platform.
6) Metallic sandal heel- This is the one shoe that you won’t wear daily. But for the formal times in your life when the nude heel simply isn’t doing it, this baby will work wonders. And then there is the girl like me who would pair it with jeans and have a girls nite out. I like metallic better than black simply because it goes with more and doesn’t draw as much attention to your feet.
7) Low boots. Virtually off the horizon until a few years ago, the low boot pairs well with jeans of all shapes. Add a bit of a heel (cowboy or wedge, your choice) and it is still wearable for a busy mom on the go but much more stylish than sneakers.
Clearly I could add in about a 100 more pairs of shoes. But these are the barebones. Also, any of the above could be more exciting than the pairs I have chosen. Embellishments and color can make staples more exciting!
I hope I’ve got your wardrobe covered!
Karen Scott equestrian tall boots macys.com
Michael Antonio platform stiletto heels.com
LOFT leopard print ballet shoes loft.com
Charlotte Russe high heel boots charlotterusse.com
Forever 21 sandals forever21.com
Worthington flat strap sandals jcpenney.com