Some women get a bad rap for having a shoe obsession. But, really, with all the endless styles and colors out there to choose from—and the variety of places and occasions one needs to dress up for—who can blame them for wanting their closets stacked from top to bottom with shoes?

In the real world though, a woman doesn’t need a room full of footwear to find her perfect style—all she needs to do is “shoes wisely.”

Even with just a few key pieces, she can go out to any place or event looking as if a shoe factory is at her beck and call.

Here are some shoe styles that every woman must have in their wardrobe:


Clockwise from left: Superga 2750 Lamew sneakers in silver, Aerosoles Salt Water Slip-on, MBT Kito Blucher Mid in Black

Cool Sneakers

While most women love the shiny glory of patent leather heels, one also needs kicks that can keep up with the demands of her busy lifestyle.

Sneakers have become a great option for a casual shoe, particularly white ones, which were big in 2015 and still are today.

Obviously they’re great with jeans and shorts, but the trendy update is to pair them with skirts and dresses. Take them out for an errands run or wear them to work for a laidback #CasualFriday look.


Clockwise from left: Jessica Simpson Salley Wedge Pumps in Silky BlackBCBGeneration Sasha in Warm SandGuiseppe Zanotti Kaley Gold Mirrored Pump With Studs

Classic Pumps

Nothing makes a woman feel more ladylike than wearing a classic pair of pumps. It’s simply the most versatile shoe there is!

Whether you’re wearing them to work, a party, a lunch or dinner date or even to church, you can bet your entire next paycheck that they will look fantastic with any outfit.

It’s best to have several of these in different colors for variety; but having a few pairs in black, white, and nude can already take you a long way. Get the open toed ones for daytime activities and the pointy ones for formal evening events.


Clockwise from top left: ECCO Perth Loafer, Aerosoles Berlin Moccasins in Nubuck Black, ECCO Owando Bow Ballerina in Red Light

Ballerina Flats

Combining the stately aesthetic of a leather pump and the comfortable structure of sneakers, ballerina flats are equally versatile whether you pair them with jeans, skirts, shorts or dresses.

They’re great to have not only in your closet, but in your office locker as well, for when your feet need a rest from wearing high heels. Pick flats that are made of the same materials as your favorite pumps so you can still look professional, only cozier. Also choose classic shapes like an almond, round or pointed toe for variety.


Clockwise from left: ECCO Sullivan Tall Strap Boots, ECCO Solbjerg Ankle Bootie in Black, ECCO Sculptured Mid Cut Zip

Ankle Boots

Boots are essential—yes, even in a tropical country like ours! Whether you want to make a statement or just trying to keep warm, boots can come in handy when you need to walk about during rainy days.

They’re also surprisingly adaptable and comfortable to wear on business trips. They’re sturdy enough to keep your feet protected wherever you go, whatever you do.


Clockwise from left: Jessica Simpson Rayli Heeled Sandals in Nude, Aerosoles Schlock Tower in Patent Black, Jessica Simpson Radient in Metallic Gold

Summer Sandals

On a hot summer by the beach or poolside, sandals can help keep your feet cool and relaxed. Aside from a pair of fancy flip-flops, you need a pair of sandals—whether flat, wedge or with heeled—that can be dressed up or down and goes well with a variety of outfits, like shorts, jeans, skirts and casual dresses.

Whether open toe, open back, strappy, gladiator or bejeweled, a nice pair of sandals is a good addition to your closet for a chill outdoor escapade.


Invest in these basics to make your wardrobe ready for anything. All you need now is to update a little with colors and styles that can help you keep up with the latest trends.