six shoe styles you need to own
On the basis of the imminent wardrobe edit and that overwhelming need to de-clutter and get rid of all things not useful, I’ve been thinking about my own footwear transition that’s taken place over the last few years.
Pretty much gone are all the crazy high heels apart from one or two go with anything styles. These are reserved for fashion moments, shoots and style emergencies… and filed under Taxi Shoes.
Growing in numbers are a myriad of stylish flats in multiple forms – loafers, brogues, sneakers, pointy tie up flats (technical name), loafer mules (a definite favourite) and ankle boots.
But with my easily influenced tendencies and an ability to see a pair of shoes and instantly declare a breathless “Oh my god I NEED those!”, I’m feeling the need to scale back.
In the continued spirit of less is more, here are the six shoes styles you need in your closet… at the very least…
the low-cut ankle boot
hush appear to be offering the Thornton ankle boots up season after season and there’s a reason for that. They’re brilliant! These are goto boots – once I’ve topped up their suede spray protector on a regular basis. Also try the Acne Studios Jensen boots for a reasonable heel or go Chelsea boot flat with these from Topshop.
the leopard flat
I LOVE a leopard flat! And throw in some ankle ties and I’m happy as a clam. My Boden tie flats pictured here were one of my Under The Influence of Alex buys and they worked out for the greater good. If memory serves, I always go half a size up in Boden shoes for the comfort factor.
The White Leather Sneaker
I have a new found love affair with white sneakers/tennis shoes/plimsolls… whatever you want to call them. I don’t know what it is about them but they add instant cool factor to any outfit – especially when juxtaposed with a skirt or dress. Choose leather over canvas in the winter for durability and warmth.
The classic loafer
Give me a loafer – of any kind, any day. Of course the dream would be the Gucci Jordaan Horsebit pair but meanwhile I’m pretty happy in my Topshop pair in the photo above. The Office versions are similar and these from Dune are gorgeously classic.
The skate shoe
I have a couple of pairs of Skater slip-ons in different colours and again it’s always that unexpected pairing element again that works the best. I love wearing them with a floaty skirt or summer dress but of course they work in winter with trousers. Try a tailored wider leg pair that will sit nicely atop the shoe.
The Slipper mule
For spring and summer I love these! They’re the unexpected shoe and the go with everything – I get the most use of mine with cropped trousers, culottes and jeans. Mine are from Office a couple of seasons ago but this leather pair are £39 in the sale – don’t miss out if you fancy giving them a try!
A few savvy shoe tips
Get to know your favourite retailer size and fit and order accordingly. For instance I know that in Topshop shoes I have to size up from my usual size UK 7 to an 8. If they don’t have an 8 I’ve learnt (the hard way) that the shoes will hurt in various places and I won’t be able to wear them.
Heels are good…on boots and only if they’re small to mid. Maybe its the additional ankle support but I can easily get away with a low, walkable heel in an ankle boot.
New shoes, even the most comfortable can rub, especially the spring and summer variety when worn with no socks. I always have some Compeed heel protectors to hand and their Anti-Blister Stick is really handy for prevention. I’ve been told that lip balm works just as well too but you have to get it on before you get the blister happens!
One other style not mentioned above is a mannish brogue – love ’em! I still wear these purchased from Clarks some years ago – a classic always lasts.
So there you have it – my six shoe essentials.
What would you add to the list?
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