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Must-Have Shoe Styles For Your Wardrobe

ShoesRecently, Glamour magazine’s Megan Gustashaw  outlined a list of “10 Shoes Every Woman Should Own”. We’ve all experienced the sense of panic when we’re in a rush to get somewhere. We get dressed and realize, “Oh no! I don’t have any shoes to go with this!” We find ourselves in different situations and settings on any given day. And each situation calls for the right pair of shoes.

While it’s tempting to gravitate toward our favorite shoe time and again, stocking up on one style may not be the best idea (and you may end up with a closet full of pumps that end up collecting dust). If you find yourself in a last minute bind and in need of the right pair of shoes, it’s time to take notes and get shopping for some of these style staples. Here are five styles I chose based on Gustashaw’s article, that I feel are fashion winners.

1. Nude Peep Toe Pumps

Pumps are the go-to shoe style of women everywhere looking to dress up their wardrobe. They’re great for work and going out. They look great with jeans, business attire and skirts. So why nude peep toe pumps? First of all, the color is a great choice because it’s extremely versatile; you can wear this neutral shade with a variety of outfits. Also, one of my favorite qualities, and one that Glamour notes is  that the nude peep toe pump elongates your silhouette. If you’re looking to give your look a little lift, you reach for a pair of heels with a height suitable for your needs. Adding the nude shade creates significant length, while the peep toe adds a playful appeal.

Vince Camuto Genevive Pump

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This nude peep toe gives you the height and leg-lengthening effect you’re looking for, with an elegant floral embellishment and woven trim for added interest.

2. Black Boots

Looking to add some sass to your winter wardrobe? Choose a pair of black boots for instant drama and style. If you’re in search of something to transform your everyday attire into a runway-inspired look, the perfect pair of black boots can do the trick. Gustashaw cites knee-high and over-the-knee styles as some of the more popular styles women seek. Here’s a style I found that I love.

R2 Ashmore Boot

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This knee-high boot will kick your winter wardrobe up a few notches. Wear them over a pair of dark denim, with leggings or your favorite skirt. And don’t forget to accessorize with a cute scarf or handbag!

3. Ballet Flats

Ballet flats combine the perfect blend of comfort and style. Wear them shopping. Wear them with a skirt or dress to work. Sport them for a night on the town. And as Gustashaw notes, ballet flats  can go just about anywhere.

Calvin Klein Jeans Carmela Flat

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This flat is simply stylish and elegant. With buttery-soft tumbled leather, an elastic-gored topline for a comfortable fit and cute pom-pom accent, you get a great shoe that’s perfect for day or evening.

4. Metallic/Shiny Sandals

Another style essential is a metallic or shiny sandal. If you want a heeled shoe in shades other than black, a great pair metallic sandals is a great way to add extra glam to your evening look. A bonus to rocking a pair of metallic sandals is that they’re extremely versatile and can be paired with a variety of colors.

Nina Velina Sandal

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I found this style by Nina, and I think it’s not only a gorgeous shoe, but it’s an easy-to-wear one as well (the elastic slingback strap lets you slip it on and go). This gold-toned strappy sandal will surely make you a style standout at your next formal event.

5. Black Pumps

Peep toe. Almond toe. Kitten heel. Stiletto heel. No matter what style you choose, black pumps are a definite must-have for every woman. As Gustashaw  puts it, the black pump is the “workhorse of all workhorses” when it comes to versatility. From office to evening, black pumps are the go-anywhere style suitable for any occasion.

Fergie Maiden Pump

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A chunky heel and classic silhouette make this pump a great choice for any season and any situation. The Maiden pump by Fergie is a great shoe because I think it definitely works in both warm and cooler months. A fashion tip: during the colder months, pair your black pumps with opaque black tights to elongate the leg.

Pump photo courtesy of dingatx