Last week, my friend, Erin B., posted on my Facebook wall asking which shoes she should have in her closet. It’s a really good question, Erin.
In my opinion, the types of shoes you need are:
A basic pump. This is a shoe you can wear to work, to an after work event, to church. Really it’s just a good multi-purpose shoe. If you’ll be in them all day at work, consider getting either a platform pump (with a platform under the ball of your foot) or a wedge or even a platform wedge. These will be a little more comfortable because they take some of the pressure off the ball of your foot. Also, unless you work at a fashion magazine where you have to be runway-ready every day, stick with a heel height of 3″ or lower. Colors? Depends on your personal style, I’d say, but you can’t go wrong with basic black. If you can afford it, get a brown or nude pair, as well, but in a different style.
A flat. I have them in several shades and a couple of prints. Flats are also great for work and they’re a wonderful option on the weekend when you want to be casual but put-together.
A sandal. Sandals are an especially good option for those of us who live in the Land of Perpetual Summer. In Austin, almost year-round you can wear a sandal everywhere, except maybe to church, and even then it depends on where you go to church. Some work places don’t allow open-toed shoes or sandals, either. But, if your work and church dress codes allow them, sandals can be a fun part of any outfit, during the week or weekend. Get them in any color that suits you. I’ve got the basic black and brown, but also have gold, silver, orange, red and yellow sandals. Comfortable and cool. Just please, please, please stay on top of those pedicures!!
A casual shoe. This is what I suggest in place of running shoes. As I mentioned in a previous post, running shoes make your feet look bigger than they are. And if they’re white and you’re wearing them with jeans, they focus attention on your bigger-than-they-are feet. You can do better! Running shoes are perfect for running, but I don’t recommend them for every day, all day wear. You can find casual shoes in just about any color you can think of, including white. Shoes like these will not add bulk to your feet, plus you’ll look as if you put some effort into your appearance, even if you’re only wearing jeans and a (fitted, please!) t-shirt.
A boot. Eventually, even here, winter (winter-ish) arrives and a gorgeous boot is both stylish and warm. Unfortunately for me, my runners calves prevent me from wearing tall boots, but there are alternatives: booties, mid-calf boots, flat boots, stiletto boots, over-the-knee boots, motorcycle boots and western, or cowboy, boots. Again, black is fine. But a chocolate brown boot is also really versatile and can definitely be worn with black. My western boots are emerald green.
The “Whoa!” shoe. I’ll be honest, this will not be the most comfortable shoe in your closet. It’s not a shoe meant for work or walking the mall or chasing after your kids. This is the shoe for special occasions – weddings, Date Night or for going out with your girls. Basic black is always fine, if a little expected. Big right now are metallics – gold, silver, pewter. Metallics are versatile and will spice up a simple dress or slacks like nothing else in your closet.
So, now you have a list of what constitutes a solid shoe closet: a pump, a flat, a sandal, a casual shoe, a boot and a “whoa!”. And, if you’re a runner, running shoes.
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments.