If shoes are your Achilles heel when it comes to shopping and you simply cannot say no to the latest, greatest pair of the moment, then it’s likely you have an embarrassing amount of footwear options from which to choose. And, we don’t blame you. Shoes can immediately transform the look of any ensemble in one fell swoop, and they fit your foot the same no matter what kind of day you’re having.
But, in addition to all those trendy pairs, do you also have a classic shoe repertoire that stands the test of time? If not, it may be time to update your shoe closet with a few essentials. Let the sole-searching begin with these seven pairs of shoes that will never go out of style.
1. The classic black pump
Much like the LBD, the CBP (classic black pump) is a shoe that will never go out of style. You can wear them with pretty much anything — from that little black dress to a business suit to skinny jeans with a blazer. Whether you’re wearing these pumps to a black tie gala, a cocktail party, or a brunch date, you’ll want to make sure you invest in a pair that goes the distance and is in a heel height that you can manage well. Just steer clear of the platform-style pumps. Those are not a classic.
2. The ballerina flat
Flats come in all shapes and sizes — and colors, too — but it doesn’t get more classic than the ballerina flat. Whenever your feet are feeling the pain of one too many days in stilettos, these shoes are nothing short of a saving grace. Just make sure the pair you get isn’t too precious; simple is better here. You can get away with wearing them to almost anything, and they’re particularly great with the slightly shrunken, cropped pants and jeans that are currently on trend.
3. The slipper
No, we’re not referring to bedroom slippers, although the slipper shoe is a modern classic that you may not want to take off once you go home. Polished and with just the right amount of sophisticated ease, they can be paired with anything from shorts to jeans to an evening gown. Yes, an evening gown — they add a bit of masculine-inspired tailoring that’s incredibly chic.
4. The ankle boot
Get acquainted with the ankle boot, and you may just be calling this evergreen shoe your new BFF. This particular piece of footwear can be worn on the daily, whether you’re kicking around town in denim and a sweater or heading to the office in a skirt and blouse. They should have a moderate heel that’s manageable — the right ankle boot should be comfortable and easy to walk in. You’ll be putting in a lot of mileage on them, after all.
5. The OTK boot
Speaking of boots, the over-the-knee boot is another one that will never go out of style. If you don’t have a pair of OTKs, make sure to find one — stat. While they are more suitable for the fall and winter seasons, they add a sleek, sassy, and sexy flourish to an ensemble. Plus, they keep your legs warm. Pull a brown pair with flat heels over leggings or skinny jeans on the weekends. Or, spice up that nighttime rendezvous with a black high-heeled version that’s perfect for a mini or zipped up over skinny, black leather pants.
6. The white sneaker
Sneakers will always and forever be a classic piece of footwear. They’re affordable and, yes, they go with pretty much anything. We know we’re not the only ones who’ve seen trendy stylistas rocking these casual shoes with everything from cute frocks to long trenches and skirts for a cool spin on sporty-chic fashion. The Chuck Taylor All Stars from Converse and the Adidas Stan Smiths are probably the most recognizable of the stylish sneaker mix, but when in doubt, just go for a crisp all-white pair.
7. The sandal
Last but certainly not least is perhaps your favorite: the sandal. However, while sandals will always be in style, it’s important to choose the right pairs for the right occasion. Flip-flops are made for the beach and high-heel sandals certainly have their place in the sun to dress up any look. But, a structured, thong sandal that maintains a balance between casual-cool and dressy-chic is the way to go for the most classic option that you can wear for most occasions.