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5 pairs of shoes every woman needs to own

Abbi Perets lives in Houston, TX, with her husband and five children.






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If clothes make the man, then shoes make the woman. Most of us have strong feelings about our footwear, and a decent-sized collection, to boot. (Sorry.) To make sure you're covered for any situation, make sure your collection includes these five must-have pairs, recommended by the style experts from ShoeBuy.com:

1. A quality pair of running or workout shoes to keep you in shape.

Never skimp on sneakers. The wrong shoe can damage your foot or cause pain. Look for a shoe that's specifically for the activity you do most, whether it's running, walking or another sport. Consumer Reports reviews various brands, so do a little research before you buy.

 

2. Ballet flats to add to your style without cramping it.

Need a shoe that can go from playdates to date night? Try these adorable ballet flats from Lucky Brand -- and at less than $80, you can stock up on all four colors. The detailing at the front of these cute shoes lets you put your best foot forward, no matter where you wear them.

 

3. Hiking boots for weekend getaways.

Get out of town -- with the family or with your girlfriends -- and spend some time in the great outdoors. Be sure to break in your hiking boots before you hit the trail, though. Otherwise, you're just asking for blisters.

 

4. Wedges for a cool look at summer parties.

Want to take a sweet summer outfit and kick it up a notch? The bejeweled Rome beauties from Carlos by Carlos Santana are sure to do the trick. Wedges are a great choice for outdoor get-togethers: You get the look of a heel without worrying about sinking into the ground. Pull on a pair for a look that's hotter than the barbecue.

 

5. Fun heels for when you want to let loose.

Yes, you're a mom, but you're also still a woman. Once in a while, you can leave the kids behind and head out with your man. When you do, you need a fabulous shoe like the Dante from the BCBGeneration. Try it in red for maximum wow.


By the way, if you're worried about buying shoes online, you don't need to be. Take the time to check your size before placing an order, but don't be afraid to order something even if you're not completely sure it will fit: ShoeBuy.com offers free shipping and no extra charges on returns and exchanges.

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