Monday, September 30, 2019

Must Have Shoes

10 Pairs of Shoes Every Woman Should Own

I make no secret as to how much I love shoes.  This goes back to my playing with my mother's beautiful shoes and my preteen days of devouring the Sears catalog. The first thing studied in the Sears shoe description - heel height.  Any shoe with a heel made it feminine.    

Today, I still love shoes from pumps, sandals, boots, and everything in between. Above is a representation of the shoes styles I own and classic pairs of shoes I recommend you should have in your closet. 

Pumps: There are two shown and are the absolute foundation (pun intended) of your shoe collection.  Always include a basic black pair in the highest heels you can manage. The black pump is the office standard and a must. Add another pair of pumps in nude - either pointy or round toe. You will be amazed as to how versatile nude shoes are.   

Timeless White Sneakers: Keds, Sperry, Skechers, or anything in between. When comfort is a must, and you know you will be walking or on-your-feet all day. They look great with shorts, long skirts, and especially jeans.  Not just for the gym.

Flat Sandals: Either thong, strappy, no heel or slight heel.  - These are great to go from casual to dressy. A must have!

Wedge Heel: They are stable allowing your foot to touch more surface area and take some of the strain off of the ball of your foot. An absolute necessity for a garden party, or outdoor wedding.  Seriously, having wedges is like having real feminine shoe while still getting to keep everything sophisticated you love about heels. The best part - you will not  fall over or slowly sink into the turf. 

Ballerina Flats: Ballerinas will never go out of style, and they are comfortable enough to wear all day long. Recently made popular by the Tory Burch "Minnie Leather-Logo Travel Ballet". Great to wear while traveling and easy to pack.  Unmistakably feminine.  

Kitten / Low Heel Sandal or Pump:  A kitten heel is a short stiletto heel, usually from 3.5 centimeters (1.5 inches) to 4.75 centimeters (1.75 inches) high, with a slight curve setting the heel in from the back edge of the shoe. Versatile and comfortable. These can go from  jeans to super dressy and still navigate the night.   

# 10 "The Sex is in the Heel"
Boots / Booties: They are also season-less and can be worn with pants in the winter or short dresses during the summer. The reason I have two pair shown, is that one is for dress and the other is for winter. These are a necessity and one can quickly see that none of the others will work for bad weather. As they say - "Not just for bad weather", and if you can pull off tall boots (my #10 choice) you own the evening. More power to you.  

That is my list. I purposely left out loafers (menswear-inspired), combat boots (yuck), mules (slide off my feet), and the basic rubber flop flop.

  OK - What are your favorite?  

Here is another top 10 list from YouTube:



  1. Many years ago, I used to pick up good shoe bargains from the now-defunct catalog company, Newport News. Their basic 3 1/2" leather pump would often be on sale for as little as $6.00. They came in at least a dozen colors, and I think I still have all of them. I don't wear them often, but it is kind of fun when I can actually match my shoe color with my outfit (I know that it's rather old-school, but you wouldn't believe how many compliments I get from a plain pump, just because of the color match). Of course, I'm old enough to remember my mother having shoes dyed to match a certain outfit or purse.

    Most of my shoe purchases, these days, are made from the clearance rack at DSW. It's often a crap shoot, but it's worth going to the back corner of the store for a good deal - and they shelve the clearance shoes by size. I usually resist the temptation to look at the regular racks, as every time I've seen a shoe that I want, they never come in my large size 11. Many shoes that look cute in a size 6 do not look so cute in a size 11, anyway.

    1. I remember Thom McAn and Kinney's would dye shoes.

  2. I have all of those, with an over-abundance of ballerina flats and various sandals, just because I really love them. I agree that the basic, black, pump is am absolute necessity, the one shoe that you can't be without.

    My shopping preferences do tend towards DSW since they carry certain brands that I know fit at size 11, but also Aldo has become a go-to for me. I've had a lot of success with Aldo and now I'm just waiting for the Disney collection to land! I so love that size 11 has become the defacto far end of the size spectrum, the 90's were terrible for choice.

    Anyways, my SO has mentioned my ever-growing shoe collection with some concern for space. Fortunately we have our own walk-in closets, so we're not competing for room on a shoe rack. :)

  3. My problem is getting a decent width in my 9 1/2s. I often have to stretch a 9 1/2W, and the choices in 9 1/2WWs are limited.
    I think different sandal types are a must. I also have a thing for shoes and have so many I don't actually know how many pairs I have . . .

  4. Shoe Bargains? Try shoeshow.com They offer FREE SHIPPING WITH $50.00 purchase, AND have LARGE SIZES. I usually over order deliberately for the free shipping and return the unwanted sizes to the store.
    They also allow you to request your shipment to go to your nearest SHOE SHOW store for your convenience/privacy. Return any shoes to the store, with no shipping cost. NO questions asked.
    The staff is ALWAYS TG friendly, as the local staff have seen me 'enfemmme' and 'enhomme'.
    Currently, they have a BOGO-1/2off on many shoes, and their web page is actually TWO different sites-- MEGA AND ENCORE plus CLEARANCE
    Have fun!