5 Shoes every woman should have in her closet

Jun 12, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. ET

Are you overwhelmed by your shoe collection? Looking to expand your current one? Here are the five pairs of shoes that we think every woman should own.

Whether you are on the go or feel like dressing up, each pair of these shoes will cater to every woman's needs and wants.


Pump it up

Prada Platform Patent Pump

Let's begin with our first pick: the LBP. The little black pump is as essential as the LBD (little black dress). These should be a staple in your shoe collection because of their versatility. Whether you want to wear them in the office or for a night on the town (we suggest Dolce Vita ($89)), the LBP is your best wardrobe friend. We love this classic Prada ($650) pump as well as this pair from Michael Kors ($150). Because of their simplicity, you can dress them down or just as easily dress them up.


Bling, bling, bling

Sam Edelman Galvin sandals

Our second must-have is an embellished sandal. These come in handy when you want to look casual yet cute or if you want to dress up a simple outfit. A little bling does go a long way. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens have made this look iconic by pairing their Sam Edelman ($130)sandals with maxi dresses or shorts. Buy a pair in a versatile color — see these nude Vince Camuto ($89) sandals or patent Miu Miu ($ 690) for examples — and watch any outfit go from drab to fab.


Back to basics

Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flat

Every woman needs a basic flat. This is the go-to shoe for running errands, going to the mall or going on a casual movie date. Gucci ($460) makes a classic pair that are great for when you are on the go, and they can easily be slipped on or off. Tory Burch ($225) and TOMS ($59) have dominated the shoe game lately with their cute designs. Flats can easily be thrown in your bag and used if your other shoes are hurting your feet.


These boots were made for walking

Enzo Angiolini The Saylem boots

Boots are the quintessential footwear. They are like a good pair of jeans — if you invest in the perfect boots, you will wear them forever. The Frye Company ($348) makes a long-lasting, Western-inspired boot that never goes out of style. Check out these chic options from Enzo Angiolini ($159) and Steve Madden ($100) as well. Boots are a great item for the winter when paired with leggings and an oversized, chunky knit sweater. You can even wear them with your favorite sundress in the spring. Either way, a good boot never goes out of style. Pick browns or blacks to maximize their wearability even more.


Double take

Kate Spade Lover Heel shoes

There are many things in this world that can take a woman's breath away, especially a pair of high-heeled shoes. Take a pair of Jimmy Choos ($2995), for example. The price may make a dent in your pocket, but these shoes are sure to make any woman squeal. When you want to turn heads and melt hearts, treat yourself and splurge. Nine West ($129) and Kate Spade ($328) also hit the mark with their dazzling heels.

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