9 Footwear Styles Every Woman Needs

By on June 15, 2016

All women need shoes. Imelda Marcos and Carrie Bradshaw both subscribe to the point of view that you can never have too many pairs of shoes, but really, how many different types of footwear does a woman actually need?

Most men would say that a woman only needs one pair of shoes, but most women would disagree. From a practical perspective, yes, one pair of shoes is probably enough, but in the real world, different outfits need different types of footwear and one pair can never fit every occasion. Sadly, most people do not have enough space in their closets to accommodate Imelda Marcos’s shoe collection, but if you follow the guidance below, you never need to worry about having the right pair of shoes again.

Kitten Heels

Kitten heels are enormously versatile. You can wear a comfortable pair of kitten heels to the office or on a shopping trip. Kitten heels look great with a pant suit or a smart dress; equally, kitten heels add a touch of glam to a pair of skinny jeans. Use your kitten heels to create a more feminine look, without the full-on ‘wow’ factor you get from a pair of statement heels.

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Statement Heels

Every woman needs a pair of killer heels in her wardrobe. Statement heels tell the world you are sexy and you know it. Wear your statement heels on a date, to the office party, or just because you are worth it. This is your opportunity to dress to impress, so make the most of it.

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Basic Flats

Basic flats or ballet pumps are ideal for everyday activities such as walking the dog or doing a bit of shopping. Ballet pumps are casual and comfortable. Wear them with jeans or a pair of casual trousers.

Smart Loafers

Smart loafers can fulfill a number of different roles. A nice pair of loafers in a neutral color will go with pretty much any outfit. You can wear a smart pair of loafers to the office – team them with a smart pantsuit or casual trousers and a blouse. They are also great for off-duty days, such as when you take the kids to the park or the mutt for a walk.

9 Footwear Styles Every Woman NeedsAnkle Boots

Ankle boots are easy to walk in, yet stylish enough to be worn with a cute black dress or designer jeans. Ankle boots come with or without heels. Flat boots are comfortable for everyday wear, but if you want to sex it up a bit, look for ankle boots with a kitten heel.

Knee-High Boots

A pair of tall leather boots are chic, stylish, and perfect for autumn or winter days out. Always buy the best quality leather boots you can afford, as they will give you many years’ service as long as you keep them clean and nourish the leather. Flat boots are ideal for walking in tricky weather, but heels can be sexy if you team your boots with a figure-hugging dress or some skinny jeans. A quality pair of classic knee-high leather boots should be your go-to footwear on cold, wet days.


Sneakers or training shoes are essential footwear if you are an outdoorsy person. Sneakers can handle a hike along a scenic trail or a trip to the local gym for an aerobics class. Wear a pair of comfortable sneakers with jeans or casual pants for a low-key day out, or team them with some thick socks and a pair of cargo shorts for a summer hike. However, if you really want to take exercise seriously, look for a specialist pair of running or cross-training shoes.

Summer Wedges

Summer wedges are a step up from casual sandals: dressy enough to wear on a date night, but casual enough to wear to collect the kids from school. Dress up your summer wedges with a boho dress and pretty accessories, or dress them down with a pair of jeans and a shirt.

Everyday Sandals

Everyday sandals are easier on the feet than casual flip-flops. Most everyday sandals are cheap to buy, so you can splash out on as many pairs as you like, but if you only want one pair for the summer, look for a white or black leather pair, since these are the most versatile colors for a summer wardrobe.

If your closet has room for all of the above, you have most situations covered. However, this is the bare minimum every woman needs, so feel free to add a few more pairs of shoes and boots to your collection. It would be rude not to.

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9 Footwear Styles Every Woman Needs