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12 Shoes You Should Have in Your Wardrobe

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Laced up high or casual on the down low, shoes are the main ingredient of any outfit. Here are some shoe styles that are trending now, but are also essential shoe styles for a well-balanced wardrobe. Each of these styles multiplies the versatility of the clothing in your closet.

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Some classic mid and high heel silhouettes are seeing a revival. What all of the heeled styles share is that they can spruce up an outfit as fast as you can put them on. It seems that there is a heel style for everyone from contoured low heeled looks to sky-high stilettos. The chunky block heel is another trend for everything from pumps to mules that is making a comeback. Here are some of the well-heeled styles that are hot now.

The Caged Heel

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Lace-up or caged, strap into some serious style with this much-loved heel that can be worn with a number of outfits. Whether you want to add attention-getting impact to a work outfit or sexiness to a date outfit, take your style to the next level with a strappy heel. Lace-up heels pair especially nice with jeans as well as dresses.

On the Block

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Pumps with chunky blocked heels are making a comeback in a big way. On a comfort level, the wider heel makes for more comfortable walking and all day wear. Block heeled pumps are showing up textured in velvet, suede, and smooth leather.

Adult Mary Janes

Not the patent leather shoes that you wore on special occasions as a child, these Mary Janes have the power to pull together a no-nonsense workday outfit when paired with a pencil skirt or chinos. A serious heeled pump, these Mary Janes are showing up with chunky heels and skinny straps. This style also has a quirky indie vibe when paired with jeans, a knit cap, and a chunky scarf.

Pointed Toe Kitten Heels

The mid to low heel Kitten Heel style is perfect for the workplace or to nail a really put together casual look. This contoured heeled shoe with a pointy toe is available in pump, slide, sandal, and sling back styles.

High Heeled Mule

The versatile high heeled mule is also making a comeback in a variety of heel types. They are being seen with matte textures in a neutral color or with gold tone accents and an animal print. This easy to slip on style can work with dresses as well as jeans.

Comfortable Flats

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Low and no heeled styles are also shoe essentials no matter what your style profile is. Comfortable options exist whether you want a professional or casual look.

Menswear Flats

Influences from menswear elements are a classic style influence and are showing up especially in flats. This go-around, flats, and loafers with menswear touches have a sleek, shiny finish and look elegant with any cut of pants. The Oxford is another classic men’s shoe style that has long ago crossed into the women’s’ territory as well. Look for reinterpretations of this classic in new leather finishes as an excellent work or weekend shoe option.

Gladiator Sandals

Gladiator sandals have enjoyed staying power on the fashion scene. This type of sandal pairs especially well with shorts, skirts, and dresses.

White Sneakers

A perennial classic, all white sneakers are having a moment now. This means that this great casual outfit standby can be paired with skirts and dresses for a super current look. Of course, white sneakers are always a go-to with jeans or leggings.

Flat Slides

Comfortable like a pair of slippers yet put together, flat slides can complement a pair of chinos or a long tailored skirt. This shoe is a more structured version of the classic flat and works well for the office and with a tailored denim outfit.

Icing on the Cake

Do you like some bling on your shoes? Many statement shoes are appearing with ornamentation and embellishments. Both flats and heels are showing head turning accents such as tassels, pom-poms, feathers, and animal motifs.

Before going on a shoe shopping spree, ask yourself what types of shoe essentials you really need. After all, a shoe store is much like a candy shop where just about everything looks appealing. This will help curb you from buying that extra pair of sandals when a versatile set of heels is really what you need.

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  • Joanne | No Plate Like Home

    Great picks! I like all of them. They seem to be versatile too.

  • That first pair? I swoon for them! Love an ankle strap heel. Just wish they looked nice on me!

  • M maybe I’m more of a minimalist, but it looks like your only need three, maybe four kinds: heels, flats, sandals, and sneakers. However I’m a guy and my wife has a bunch of different pairs of shoes as well.

  • andreajesus10

    One pair of sneakers, one pair of flats :)

  • Is it bad to say I want all of them for me this christmas? I mean I have about 8 of these but not these exactly lol.

  • These are all so pretty! I mostly just wear flip flops and sneakers.

  • I love the black and white loafer!!!

  • Jacqui Odell

    I would have to have the flat ones. The hill ones would break my ankle.

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    You left out crocks. I live in them. Don’t judge me lol….they are so comfortable.

  • Awww i have a fetish for shoes. I just cant resist them when i head to the mall. These are a good selection especially the first one.

  • These shoes would certainly turn heads on the farm! I spend most days in boots, running shoes and flip flops. Maybe a I need a pair of fancy shoes to shake my life up. ????

  • Those peep-toe heels are super cute! I have to invest in more flats.

  • Lisa Rios

    I am a crazy lover of different shoes as I wear them based on my costume every day. These are some great collection and my favorites are The Caged Heel and that stunning Gladiator sandals as well!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Ooooo great shoe suggestions!!!! I have a few of these types in my closet

  • Live them all.Somehow the adult Mary James were my fave

  • Marie Barber

    I just love shoes! Unfortunately i habe wide feet so all of the shoes in my closet are the flat variety but i do love the others listed too, the adult mary janes would be my favourite.

  • Christina Aliperti

    The Lorenzo Mari Pumps are my favorite. I really love all of these and would rock each and every pair.