5 Pairs of Shoes Every Woman Should Own

Streamline your shoe-drobe with these five classics

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Words by Rosana Beechum
August 2nd, 2019

With new trends seemingly popping up every other week, it can be difficult to figure out and separate what is actually worth investing in from what’s simply a passing fad. However, when it comes to shoes, there is a number of staple styles that every woman should own. Shoes that will stand the test of time, ensuring you have the right pair for every occasion life throws your way. Discover those five classic styles that every woman should have in her wardrobe below.

Everyday Pumps

These will be your go-to shoes for any formal occasion that requires you to look the part. Pumps with a classic stiletto heel will see you through every job interview and those subsequent days in the office. They’ll take you to countless weddings and drinks with friends, and they’ll even support you at those awkward semi-formal events like professional networking sessions.

Because you want them to work with almost anything, if you’re going to invest, stick to a timeless silhouette and neutral colours. Use textures to get something a little extra out of the shoes.

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots are great for almost any occasion, with almost every outfit. They’re equally at home in work, out for dinner and on the dance floor. The perfect pair will protect your feet, rain, hail or shine, and without causing blisters or twisted ankles, too. Choose from added detailing such as buckles and abstract heels, or, opt for high shine black leather which looks ultra sleek while matching nearly every outfit you have in your wardrobe.

Ballet Flats

If you’re looking for something comfortable, ballet flats are the closest thing to walking barefoot you can find. This iconic Parisian style (made cool by Kate Moss and Alexa Chung) is making a fashionable comeback in 2019, and this time they’re better than ever. Wear them with skirts, shorts, dresses, your favourite jeans — it’s up to you. If you don’t want to drop a small fortune on the OG Chanels, below are the best alternatives.

Leather Sandals

Leather sandals are a summer staple, year after year. The right pair will be stylish enough to wear to work, the beach or a day of sightseeing in a new city. Most importantly, they’re comfortable. Footwear brands like Dune and Head Over Heels offer an array of styles and price points to choose from so you can find the perfect pair that also reflects your personal style.

White Trainers

While trends may come and go, white trainers are here to stay. From the iconic Stan Smiths to sustainably-made Vejas, white trainers are the ultimate comfy casual footwear, so if you’ve yet to invest in a pair do so now.


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