You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a fabulous collection of shoes. These eight essential shoe styles represent a terrific selection of shoes for both work and play.
Classic black pumps
Black pumps are a must-have for every women’s wardrobe. Whether they are your everyday work shoes or just for special occasions, you should owns at least one pair of classic black leather pumps. If classic pumps are a little boring to you, pick up a pair in glossy patent leather.
Our bargain pick: Mootsie Tootsies Ideal Pump (DSW, $40)
If you want a little lift, but still want to be comfy, then wedges are the answer. From cute cork wedges to trendy espadrilles, the possibilities are endless when it comes to these shoes. Wedges look adorable with everything from flared jeans to maxi dresses.
Our bargain pick: Get Your Braid in Gear Wedge (ModCloth, $55)
Bright ballet flats
Liven up any outfit — from a tee and jeans to a cool cotton dress — with a pair of bright ballet flats. Ballet flats are super versatile and can take you from the office to a hot date without missing a beat.
Our bargain pick: K9 by Rock Dog Maisy Striped Ballet Flats (JC Penney, $25)
Nude peep-toe pumps
Want a pair of heels that will go with everything your own? Snag a pair of nude peep-toe pumps. Nude shoes are hot right now and will work with everything from bright colors to your favorite neutrals.
Our bargain pick: Mango Patent Peep-Toe Pumps (Mango.com, $50)
Get your shine on with a pair of metallic sandals. If you go out a lot, a slinky pair of metallic heels might be the answer. However, if casual-chic is your signature look, then shiny flat sandals are your best bet.
Our bargain pick: Tommy Hilfiger Strom Flat Sandals (Macy’s, $49)
If you play basketball or volleyball, get a simple pair of court shoes. If you are into running, hiking or adventure sports, a pair of cross trainers is essential. Choose a trusted brand with plenty of ankle support and cushioning.
Our bargain pick: Nike Eclipse II Sneakers (Nordstrom, $68)
Every woman should have one amazing pair of boots. Flat riding boots may be your style, or for something a little more sexy and fun — go for sky-high platform boots. Boots are an investment, so pick a pair you’ll wear often.
Our sale pick: Nine West HotmessN Knee-High Boots (Amazon, $149)
Whether you choose sexy slingbacks, designer booties or funky 6-inch platforms, it’s up to you. Splurge on a pair of shoes that defines your sense of style and will be a signature piece in your wardrobe for years to come.
Our splurge pick: Jimmy Choo Patent-leather and Printed Twill Cork wedges (Net-a-porter, $595)