Do all the shoes in your closet look similar? The same flat or semi-heeled blacks and browns that might pair well with every outfit you own but not really give you the style statement you desire? If you too are a shoe-addict, it is time to find out more about shoe styles….after all, a fashionista needs to look stylish while at the same time stay comfortable to be able to put her best foot forward!
If you notice you keep picking out similar shoes every time you go shoe shopping, it worth making time to discover more styles! For women, there are a large variety of shoes of different styles available. It is a good idea to try and discover more styles and also learn which style is best suited to what kind of clothes. You really can sport a different design and style of shoe for each kind of outfit! While mules go with any kind of outfit, pumps are ideal for everyday wear. Ballet flats are great for those shopping trips, while sexy sling-backs could be just the right choice for your dance date. So without wasting any more time, let’s take a closer look at a few styles of shoes which are a Must-Have in any fashion forward woman’s closet.
Ankle Straps –
Any shoe with a strap that goes around the ankle qualifies as an ankle strap shoe, and the trend is to choose bright colours that look stylish with capris, jeans and skirts. There can even be multiple straps/ ribbons/ laces to secure the shoe to the ankle. These shoes are great for everyday wear, especially if they sport a low lying heel, or even a platform heel. While they can complement your weekend attire of shorts and t-shirt, they go equally well with casual dresses.
Ballet flats –
More commonly known as Ballerinas, they have become one of the most popular styles of shoes. This is mainly due to the fact that this shoe is comfortable and comes in a variety of designs and colours and suits women of all age groups, sizes and walks of life. A flat heeled shoe, it may be simply slipped on with great ease and has a rounded front. A very versatile design, the material of the shoe and its colour schemes can either make this shoe look trendy and casual, or even cool and sophisticated.
These are definitely one of the most fashionable shoes this season! Spanish in origin, these shoes could be flats or beautiful gorgeous heels that can accessorize absolutely any outfit. Usually Espadrilles have cotton or canvas upper, though even leather has become popular this season. The sole is flexible, made of rubber or even rope, but fashioned to look like rope. The most common is the jute rope sole and an upper which comes in bright flashy colours including, red, black, pink and white. Wear these with dresses, shorts, skirts , jeans, trousers…..essentially anything and everything in your wardrobe.
A perfect shoe for everyday wear; Mules are designed to be front closed shoes that are open at the back. This makes them perfect for just slipping into and running off to work! They are available in all kinds of designs and colours and if you buy one with a low heel, it can work perfectly as your everyday work shoes.
Kitten heels –
Again very popular style to wear to work, these heels are low and taper at the bottom. The heel is usually no more than 1.5 inches, making this a very comfortable shoe that can go with your formal business suits as well as skirts. The perfect wear for a corporate look; which says that you are proud to be a woman! These can just as easily become your go-to shoes for evenings out with friends or an informal dinner date as well, as long as the style is classy and elegant.
Basics for every wardrobe, pumps are low cut shoes which simply fit and envelope the foot and have no straps. The best options are leather and micro-fibres as these are shoes which give a very formal and corporate look. These are the sensible shoes you would wear to work with your formals or even with a jeans and t-shirt for grocery shopping if you aren’t a big fan of sneakers, provided you choose a pair that has a low heel.
Peep Toes –
Cute and flirtatious, these shoes are open at the toe in a small rounded or even wedge shape. These are the perfect shoes to wear with your jeans and summer dresses as they give your feet a very relaxed and casual vibe making you look chic, feminine and every little bit a stylish woman! Try stunning colours like red, royal blues and steel greys for a touch of style and vibrancy.
While most people prefer flat sandals, some options come with a little heel. These are the ideal footwear to pair up with jeans and a casual Tee for a casual look. Wear them to grocery shopping or for walking along the river front! They are comfortable yet elegant as they come in very varied designs and shapes.
Stiletto heels –
The high heels that every girl dreams of! These are the quintessential evening wear shoes that can add grace to any party dress. Slender and feminine, a beautiful and well fitting pair of black stiletto heels is as important to your wardrobe as the much revered Little Black Dress. They come in various designs and styles, so choose one that looks great on your feet and are the perfect accessory for your evening dresses.
Sling backs –
These are a cross between mules and a full shoe. Like mules, they only have a front but also have a strap that connects the back to the front. These are ideal for those who find mules slightly uncomfortable and prefer their shoe to have a snug fit on their feet. Like mules, these are available in different styles and colours and have different heights of heel available as well. Pair these up with your daily work outfits.
Wedge Heels –
Very popular this season, wedge heels are based on the same shape as a triangular door-stop. The heel starts right at the front and extends all the way back, running a wedge shape and creating a platform heel. Available in various heights of heel, these are classy and casual and can go with any outfit.
Mary Janes –
This is the shoe which reminds you of school days! Just like traditional school shoes, these have a rounded toe and almost always have a single or double strap running across the middle of the foot. However, unlike school shoes, Mary Janes are available in brilliantly vivid colours and a variety of different materials as well. A little heel is always great, especially if you want a shoe that can easily be paired up with casual dresses as well as trousers.
We hope that this list gives you a clearer idea of all the many different designs and heel options you can pick to complement your outfits in order to stay stylish! Remember, a varied collection of shoes is a must in order to give versatility to your dressing sense. Any fashionable woman knows that her outfit alone cannot give her a great dressing style; the accessories are equally important, if not more! And when it comes to accessories, shoes top the list. They have the power to reveal how fashionably trendy or boring a woman’s dressing sense really is. So next time you go shoe shopping, keep these designs in mind and don’t be scared to explore!
Have fun shoe shopping; and remember to let us know if our tips helped you find that oh-so-perfect pair you can’t wait to slip your feet into!
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