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You’ve got a giant presentation at work today. You slip into your new Amelia. The fabric makes it feel like your in your pajamas. The cut of the dress is so easy-going, but you know you’re going to look so put together today! Score! Oh, wait! What shoes are you going to wear? Fear paralyzes you. The stress sweat kicks in. You’re feeling overwhelmed with your choices. You want to look put together, but the dress is so comfy! So, which is it: the high heels or your slippers? Don’t worry! I’m here to help you figure out your choices. Here are five pairs of shoes every woman needs in her closet.
So, let’s look at your shoe choices. I’ve broken my personal choices down into five pairs of shoes every woman should own. I’ll discuss why I have chosen these styles and what some of my favorite picks are. Disclaimer: there are links in the article. I may receive a kick-back if you purchase from one of these links.
It’s no secret that I love a good ankle bootie. They’re so incredibly versatile!! Let me define what I’m classifying as an ankle bootie. These bad boys can be flats or heels, short and down by your ankle bones (like the picture below) or hit you mid calf. They can be fringed and nicknamed your Sea Anemone shoes or look like a pair of kick-ass motorcycle boots. These are my go-to choice during winter for two major reasons. 1. They usually have some tread and 2. They’re tall enough that I can trudge through the snow without getting a shoe full of snow.
I love these shoes because they’re super versatile. You can dress them up or down. You can usually find a pair that is cute and comfy at the same time. As much as I love fashion, I’m not a huge fan of being uncomfortable, so I really want to find shoes that check that box for me. Once I find a comfy pair of booties, I’ll rock those babes all the time. I love to wear these with leggings, dresses, jeans, my underwear and a Sarah cardigan when I let the dogs out in the morning, whatever. Here is a link to the pair I’m wearing in the above picture.
Knee-high boots. Something about these boots makes me feel like I’m an unstoppable bad-ass. How is it that a pair of shoes can totally change your attitude? If you see me in knee-high boots, prepare for world domination.
Like all of the shoes I’m talking about, these fit on a spectrum. Yes, I can be basic, so I own not one, but two pairs of Uggs. Judge away. I don’t care because I’ll be able to feel my toes when it’s -30 degrees here in Wisconsin. Those are my super comfy, I’m not being that fashionable boots. These Freebird Coals are my newest boots and the start of a serious addiction (we’re ignoring the 2 other pairs I already own). No, I was not looking at flights to Denver just to head to a Freebird store…. But, for real! They’re handmade. The leather is amazing quality. And they smell FANTASTIC!!! Ok, enough about Freebirds. I love the knee-high boot because you can wear them with anything. Since I live in the land where Winter is ALWAYS Coming, I’ve gotten really good at layering. I will throw on leggings, knee-high boots, and a skirt. Why so many layers? These boots are so tall that 97% of the time, the snow is not deeper than them. I don’t have to worry about getting wet!! Yay! And layers help prevent freezing to death. I rock these ALL of the time. Below is the link for the boots above. Yes, they are expensive, but trust me, you’re worth it. You deserve the handmade shoes!
Flat Bottom Sneakers
Yup, I’m a lazy dresser about 90% of the time. I’m going to be real honest right now. I only wash my hair once every 5 days. My hair is naturally curly, so this mess takes way too long to do. Thank you dry shampoo for existing. (Here’s my fave dry shampoo. http://amzn.to/2hJEgbl You’re welcome, brown-haired girls!) So, being casual, low key, and comfy are perfect. This look is one of my go-to’s. A pair of flat-bottomed sneakers (did you sing that like I do every, single time?) pair perfectly with my lazy looks to make me feel slightly less like a hot mess. I love rocking these shoes with leggings, the dreaded jeans, Carly’s, and with an Amelia for a super casual look. I strongly recommend getting a pair of Ked’s, Chucks, or Adidas. Here is a link for some of my favorite Chuck’s.
Oh flats. I love you. These shoes are my favorite transitional shoes. Come Spring and Fall, these are usually what I’m wearing. They’re easy to dress up or down, with jeans or leggings, and you can wear them on their own or with socks. They’re so universal!
I tried my first pair of Tom’s this summer. I LOVE them! They stay cool when I need them to, but provide enough warmth when the weather is starting to get chilly. Need to dress up? Look into a pair of Tieks. I can’t testify for them myself, but they’re on my short list. When I’m just hanging around the house, I’m usually wearing a pair of my old man moccassins. They’re fantastic!!
I honestly wear this style of shoe with just about everything. They’re a great “work horse” of the shoe world. Want a pair of Tom’s? Check out the link below!
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE shoes. However, I also love being barefoot. My dad never wore shoes, so being barefoot is in my DNA. However, snow has flown here in Wisconsin, so sandals aren’t really a super smart choice. But to be complete, I will cover some of my favorite sandal choices.
One pair of sandals that I can’t live without is the pair I’m wearing in the picture above. They’re the Carita by Sofft. I LOVE these shoes because they’ve got a slight wedge heel, but are Insanely comfortable! I can wear them all day at a pop-up, run through Menards or the airport, or tackle the world in these sandals! Here is a link to them. I have them in both black and silver because I just can’t help myself!
I’ll also wear a dressier, beaded flat with a pair of leggings or a dress, such as the Carly or Amelia. However, my favorite sandals by far are my Birkenstocks. I never thought I’d like a pair of Jesus sandals, but they are so incredibly comfy! I love wearing sandals with pretty much ALL of my LuLa, so I’m always a little sad when I have to retire them for warmer shoes when it gets cold.
So, I hope this helps answer some of your questions on the five pairs of shoes every woman needs. Please don’t be scared to reach out if you have any questions! Send me a message here if you have any other suggestions. Want to join some shenanigans? Join us in my shopping boutique!