If you’re a shoe lover, you probably answered the question above with, “All of the shoes. I need all of the shoes.” If you’re like me, though, your answer was probably along the lines of, “I need shoes?” There’s a happy medium in between those two extremes, and it helps to know the approximate limits of exactly what your shoe wardrobe should look like.
Some Sort of Athletic Shoe
Even if you never work out, you have occasion to slip on a pair of sneaks now and again. Whether you wear them for comfort during moving day or you wear them every single time you set foot out of your house, make sure they’re in good condition and that they have good padding and traction. Replace them before you get holes in the sole.
A Basic Flat
Love ’em or hate ’em, you really do need at least one pair of flats. They go with just about everything from skirts and dresses to slacks and jeans, so they’ll serve you well. If you only have the one pair of flats, try to avoid the more garish versions that are available out there. Also, make sure that you go with leather, since they’ll last you forever.
A Basic Pump
Every woman has that occasion once or twice a year when she absolutely positively must put on a pair of heels. Make your one pair a classic design that you can actually walk in. If you never wear heels at all, stick with a one- to two-inch heel so you don’t kill yourself. For those who have more experience in heels, you can go as high as you’re comfortable with. But make sure that you have at least one pair of pumps in your shoe wardrobe.
A Pair of Boots
If you’re in a subtropical climate, you probably don’t need a pair of snow boots. But even a pair of cute leather ankle boots can get some use in warmer climates. The winter months aren’t that warm everywhere. Choose a pair that will give you some protection from cold and from hazards, like slipping on ice. This is especially important if you only have the one pair.
A Pair of Sandals
Okay, let’s be honest. For some folks, a pair of flip flops counts as sandals. And if that’s the case for you, that’s fantastic. You really do need at least one pair of hot weather shoes that you can slip on and be comfortable in, just like the boots. If you only have the one pair, stick with something neutral that you can get a lot of mileage out of.
And that’s it! Now, if you’re a shoe maven, you can certainly add to this list. But overall, these five types of basic shoes should get you through every situation you could possibly face.