15 Shoe Styles Every Girl Should Own
by Katelyn Cheek
While they may be the last piece you put on before heading out the door, shoes are often the most important part of your outfit. A pair of shoes can make or break your look, so owning the right styles is important. But that doesn’t mean you need a pair for every look. To help round out your shoe collection—and not break your bank—check out these 15 styles that are here to stay.
When you need to add a little badassery to your wardrobe, biker boots are the shoes to choose. These staples are perfect for year-round wear and a favorite of the fashion world. When purchasing a pair, look for some with such details as buckles and studs, like these boots worn by Vanja of Fashion and Style. Bonus: They’re super comfortable.
Black Pointed-Toe Pumps
First and foremost, every girl needs a pair of pointed-toe pumps in her life. This shoe will effortlessly take you from work to play. We love the cut of this pair worn by style blogger Annette of Nettenestea.
An ankle-strap heel is a minimalist shoe style that won’t steal attention away from your look. These beauties are a chic way to polish off your outfit. Try a fresh white pair like these worn by Annabelle of Vivaluxury.
A trendy pair of sneakers, like these slip-ons worn by Jessica of Bows & Sequins, is the ultimate choice for casual days. Style has never felt so comfy. When you want to dress down your outfit, try a pair of Keds, Converse or even Nike tennis shoes.
Tan Ankle Booties
A pair of simple tan ankle booties—like these rocked by Julie of Sincerely Jules—are shoes to live in. We love this style paired with skinny jeans, a summery dress or cutoff shorts. Bonus: The low heel makes them easy to wear all day long.
Animal print is an easy way to liven up your look. Whether you’re a leopard or snakeskin kind of girl, investing in a fun print is a must. Aimee of Song of Style dressed up her boyfriend jeans with these slithering beauties.
Short Stacked Heels
A short stacked heel—like these worn by Chiara of The Blonde Salad—has been the “it” footwear the past few seasons. Lucky for us, we don’t see them going out of style anytime soon. It’s a perfect heel height for strolling along with ease.
A wedge is an ideal option for wearing at less formal occasions. This style adds height to your look while remaining stylish and comfortable. Try a strappy pair like these worn by Emily of The Ivory Lane.
Riding boots are crucial for the colder months. This classic style is also quite versatile. Pair them with jeans or a dress as Caitlin of Southern Curls & Pearls does. Invest in a neutral such as brown or black that hits just below the knee.
Every girl needs a fun pair of lace-up heels. They’re the perfect go-to pair for a girl’s night out or those times when your outfit needs an attention-grabbing element. Don’t be afraid of color: Rachel of Pink Peonies found a perfect match for her outfit.
Slip-on sandals are the latest trend to emerge from the ’90s. We love them for their easy and effortless style. Shoes such as mules and Birkenstocks can translate your look into a minimalistic sporty chic feel. A simple black pair like these worn by Kaitlyn of Modern Legacy is versatile and extremely comfortable.
Nude heels are a must in every girl’s wardrobe for two reasons. One, they’re the go-to pair when nothing else works. Two, they elongate your legs. Who doesn’t want legs for days? (Uh, we do!) The key to the perfect pair of nude heels is to match your skin tone with the heel color as Ashley of The Pursuit of Shoes did.
For a straight-from-the-beach vibe, espadrille flats are the way to go. Perfect for any weekend casual look, these super summery slip-ons are chic, girly and offered in an array of prints and colors to fit anyone’s style. Check out these leopard-print espadrilles worn by Allison of Love You Mean It.