It can be very tempting to purchase the latest trending or chic pair of shoes that catches your eye. You swear to yourself that this time you’ll wear them all year round, but you finally have to admit that most of the shoes you end up buying, struggle to be worn once or even twice before it’s out of style. The next thing you know, you don’t have any classic shoes that are well-suited for most of your outfits. I’m the first to admit I’ve made the mistake of accumulating the fun trendy shoes before investing in the classic essentials.

It’s very easy to fall into the trap of trend-driven styles and forget the long game. I’ve compiled a list below of the top 8 shoes I think are integral for every woman. These are key investments that never go out of style! Invest in a high-quality pair that will last you a lifetime and wear season after season with every outfit in your closet.

Keep scrolling to check out every essential pair you should have in your closet:

1. Classic Black Pumps

An essential for any woman no matter how old you are. I would be surprised if you don’t already have this in your closet. There’s a reason that they are a classic! A great pair of black pumps go well with literally any outfit you have in your closet and you will need them for almost every event; graduation, work, a party, etc. Having at least one pair in your closet is a must! Go for classic shapes and cuts, don’t get carried away by the latest trendy version that will be outdated by the next season.

2. Nude Pumps

Similar to the black pumps, a nude shoe is a must for its versatility that’s why they’re listed amongst our top two. Amazing for everyday outfits or for work they instantly make you look elongated and classy. It upgrades your casual outfits and even subtly amps up your more formal looks. One common mistake I’ve often noticed is, women forget that there are many shades of nude available! So make sure to pick a shade that compliments your skin tone and try them on before making your final purchase.

3. Flat Sandals

These are a year-round staple but must-have for spring and summer. They go perfectly well with feminine dresses, shorts and even your jeans. Plus if you love travelling to more beachy destinations you need to have this in your arsenal. The best universal shades to go for are nude, tan, taupe or browns. Pick a pair for more casual everyday chores and one formal pair for special occasions.

4. Sneakers

Sneakers have now been on-trend for a few years, from everyday Instagram looks to red carpet events. It’s cool to pair your sneakers with almost anything. A good staple to have is a pair of comfy plain white sneakers. It always looks good and it instantly gives your ensemble a laid-back chic vibe! Plus, it can balance out a louder or more out-there outfit choice. Get yourself a good quality leather pair that will be easy to keep clean.

5. Ankle Strap Sandals

The ankle strap sandals are an underrated pair of shoes for sure. These make any outfit look infinitely sleeker and sexier. They are a timeless pair that looks great on everyone with almost anything. They work especially well for events during the summertime giving you the sexy look but allowing your feet to breathe in the heat. Don’t sleep on these for your closet!

6. Ballerina Flats

Are you yet to own a pair of ballerina flats? This is the sign you were waiting for, go get them, girl! There’s a reason it’s every girl’s go-to everyday choice. They are super cute and feminine while being very comfortable. Pair with casual or formal wear they are sure to look cute no matter what the occasion.

7. Boots

Boots are another great everyday staple that is comfortable especially in the cooler months. They give a chic edge to your overall look and provide that perfect finishing touch. Pick the type of boots that suit your personal taste to inject some style into your wardrobe. Two of the more popular styles are the ankle-length boots and combat boots which are both practical and stylish for all your outfits.

8. Metallic or Statement Heels

Gold, silver or crystal bling, every girl needs at least one pair of super sexy statement heels on hand. It’s the shoe that takes centre stage and compliments your LBD’s or cocktail dresses for special black-tie occasions. Pick a classic gold or silver hue that is versatile, and you can throw on with any outfit currently in your closet. Don’t just save it for special events though! Wear them with your casual pieces like jeans or leggings to dress up your whole look!

Are you missing any of these essential shoes in your closet? Let us know in the comments below.

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