Revamp your shoe collection without breaking the bank

Jul 8, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. ET
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The shoes can make the outfit. But many of us struggle with not having a well-rounded footwear collection. There are some styles — basic and not-so-basic — that no woman should do without.

You can spice up your wardrobe (and your life) and revamp your shoe rack without draining your bank account by scooping up these essential pairs. The good news? They're all adorable. The great news? They're each less than $100.

D'Orsay flats

D'Orsay Flats

We love a good ballet flat, but chances are you've been wearing them for years.Make your new go-to flat a d'Orsay style. A pointed toe gives this style a super modern look that will still go with everything. This one from Report Signature is versatile but adds interest with a two-tone color palette and suede and patent leather texture. Tres chic. (, $40)

Cutout Oxfords

Cutout Oxfords

You probably know how amazing oxfords are by now and maybe you even own a few pairs. Want to expand your collection? Step up your game with a cutout pair like these Modernist Oxfords from Forever 21 in black and white. They’re just as wearable as a regular oxford and yet the cutouts add some unexpected edge. Imagine how great patterned socks would look peering out from underneath. What a great way to give a spunky masculine edge to girly dresses. (Forever 21, $26)

Mid-heel sandals

Mid Heel Sandals

Comfort is way in right now (and thank goodness for that) but sometimes you don't want to sacrifice height. You're in luck because sturdy, medium-height heels are also hot, especially in the sandal department. For maximum awesome, choose a diamante-encrusted pair like these from Zara. The strong heel contrasts nicely with the metallic straps and the large jewels are just glitzy enough. Summer workday footwear has never been better. (Zara, $50)

Patterned-sole wedge

Patterned Sole Wedge

Patterned shoes are a perfect way to up the fashion quotient of your wardrobe. Why not throw a curveball with this shoe that allows the sole of the shoe to take center stage? The shoe's upper part is done in simple go-with-anything navy suede, while the scalloped pattern on the platform adds some retro flair to your outfit. (ModCloth, $60)

Colorblocked pump

Colorblocked Pump

Colorblocking is a stylish technique for adding a geometric dose of color to your outfit. Colorblocked pumps, like these from Seychelles, are a step up from your basic pair of heels and are totally on-trend. The dark gray shoe gets a serious upgrade with the addition of a tomato-red heel. (, $60)

Lace-up boots

Lace-up Boots

Ankle booties have been getting all the attention for quite awhile. Maybe it's time we paid attention to their sexy precursor, the lace-up boot, once again? The Prospectress boot laces up the leg to about knee height and has a substantial (but not flimsy) heel. It's reminiscent of the Victorian era, but that doesn't mean it should be left there. (ModCloth, $70)

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