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7 styles of shoes to make the most out of your summer

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

These versatile shoes are all you really need this summer

We all want an endless supply of shoes in our closets, but let's be real — that's just not going to happen. Right?

Instead, make yourself feel like you have every shoe you'll ever need by making sure you've got all the basics. By owning just these seven styles of shoes, you'll be able to make pretty much any outfit work in your favor all summer long.

These versatile shoes are all you really need this summer
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Espadrilles

The fabric and patterns of espadrilles mean they always pair fabulously with denim of any kind. Flat espadrilles can be worn with jeans, or flowy, natural fabric bottoms, while heeled espadrilles look best with shorter skirts and sun dresses.

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Flat sandals

Flat sandals are great for a day when you want to both comfy and stylish. Pair them with a pair of shorts and a casual top, or dress them up with a light summer dress.

Wood clogs

These heavier shoes pair best with lighter fabrics, especially in the summer months. They go well with skinny jeans and a poplin blouse, or natural fabric shorts or blazers (think linen).

Platforms

Platform shoes are all about showing off the leg (since they give you such beautiful gams when you wear them). Pair these bold shoes with cuffed skinny jeans or short dresses and skirts. They also work well with knee-length skirts, making it look like you're showing more skin than you really are.

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Sexy sandals

Sometimes, you want to feel sexy without going all out. These shoes are light and airy — perfect for summer — but add a feminine touch to your look. Depending on the shoe, these can pair with either shorts or dresses.

Spring boots

There's nothing easier than rocking out your spring boots. Grab a pair of skinny jeans and a flowy top to pair with those short and trendy boots and you're good to go.

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Menswear

Menswear shoes are a great way of getting out of spending the whole work day in heels. Pair them with pencil skirts or cigarette pants at the office, or with a pair of rolled-up boyfriend jeans when you're going casual.

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom.

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