Shoes for Everyday Wear
Written by: Lindsay Shugerman
Contributed by Info Guru Lindsay Shugerman
Of course you love shoes! What woman doesn’t? But if you’re anything like me, you can have a closet full of really cute shoes and still have nothing to wear for that quick trip to the mall or lunch out with friends. That’s why you need to make sure you have the right shoes for everyday wear, too.
And no, no, no, you don’t need to pass up on that AMAZING pair of strappy sandals you just saw in the window of you favorite shoe store. Heaven forbid! This is an invitation to buy even more shoes! Are you with me? Okay … check out your closet and make sure you have all of these on hand. If not, shoe shopping time!
10. Ballet flats
Where would we be without ballet flats? As far as I know, it was the amazing Audry Hepburn who introduced American women to these great shoes…and we’ve been snapping them up ever since. Make sure you have several ballet flats in your shoe wardrobe, including some colorful solids, a pair in basic black, and of course some great prints.
9. Walking shoes
Style over comfort. We all know the drill. But as cute as those 4″ heels are, you won’t look sexy and adorable when that long walking tour (or extra long shopping trip through the humongous outlet mall) leaves you limping with blisters.
So when you have a day full of walking ahead of you, make sure comfy (and cute!) walking shoes are on hand. Pick shoes with good support and comfortable cushioning to end the day sore-feet-free.
I love espadrilles. I wear them with skirts and jeans and capris, and everywhere from from work to a garden party. Stock up on these easy to wear shoes in a variety of prints and heel heights and you’ll be ready for anything.
Pumps are a classic that deserve a place in every woman’s shoe rack. Bright colors are great, but make sure you have a well-made set of black patent leather pumps among your collection. Nothing goes better with an interview outfit, a business suit or that little black dress.
Ah, to slip your feet into fuzzy-lined, comfy moccasins. The Native Americans really knew what they were doing when they invented this soothing shoe. Look for mocs made of real suede or leather for the most cozy, breathable feel that’s just perfect for around the house, at the summer cabin or a casual day with friends.
Boots are a must have for your stylish shoe wardrobe. And depending on where you live, you may also need them as a part of your everyday footwear to stay warm or dry, too.
Pick out a selection of boots in different heights, with and without high heels and you’ll have the right accessory for almost any outfit.
4. Sandals and slides
You have sandals, right? And lots of them, I hope! Even if summer is short where you live, you’ll want to enjoy every toe-warming day in pretty sandals.
When it comes to fit, make sure you pay attention to how the sandals fit. Even the prettiest sandals won’t look good if your toes are hanging over the front, or heels don’t fit neatly on the back.
A few pairs of good sneakers are a must among your collection of shoes for everyday wear. Get a well-fitting pair of running shoes, a pair of cross-trainers and a pair of court shoes (tennis shoes), and you’ll be covered for most every activity on your exercise calendar.
2. Work shoes or outdoor shoes
If your work means spending time on your feet, make sure you have quality work shoes or uniform shoes, too. Nurses, doctors, food service personnel and people who work in the elements are just a few of the groups who need shoes that support and protect during times when style has to take the backseat to comfort.
And if you love spending time in the great outdoors, make sure good solid hiking boots or hiking sneakers are in your closet, too.
Maybe it’s because I’m from Florida, but to me, flip-flops are the number one must-have everyday, everywhere, almost every event shoe. And that goes for every kind, from those $5 drug store flip-flops to a far more stylish version that combines sandal style with flip-flop comfort.