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Building a shoe wardrobe

A girl can never have too many shoes—as long as you begin with these essentials.

Shoe wardrobe

Start your shoe collection with these, and you’ll be ready for any fashion challenge.

Fancy heels

One thing to mention right off: What counts as “work shoes” depends on your line of work. A nurse may need three pair of comfy, rubber-soled white oxfords, while a construction worker is more likely to require steel-toed boots.

Take a look at what your boss (or better yet, her boss) is wearing, and get yourself at least two great-looking pairs of similar shoes in a dark nuetral. Think black, chocolate, cordovan — which is an old fashioned word for a cherry-kissed brown — or even burgundy, navy or charcoal. This will ensure you’ll always look professional and stylish and will always have a pair of shoes clean and ready should one pair need to go to the cobbler.

Loeffler Randall Tamsin Classic Pumps $295

strappy sandals

And to sex-up a pair of jeans. Your best color bets are a mid-tone or pale nuetral (including metallics like silver or gold). Keep your comfort in mind when selecting heel shape and height.

INC International Concepts Ricci Sandals $109.50


You’ll want something to knock about in on weekends — something better looking than your scruffy trainers.

ECCO Norwalk Slip On $84.99

cute athletic shoes

Good looking enough to go with your Juicy Couture track suit, hard-working enough to perform at the gym.

Nike Dunk High Skinny Shoes $85


Something classic enough to wear to work yet sexy enough to add a seductive edge to jeans and everyday tee.

Clarks Ingalls Excite Brown Boots $159.99

Snow shoes

Of course, this is dependent upon where you live. If you’re in Syndney, Florida, Southern France or some other sunny locale, you probably won’t need a pair of heavy-duty waterproof shoes. Get yourself another pair of espadrilles instead!

Sperry Top-Sider for J.Crew Short Shearwater Boots $138

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