We hear a lot about the capsule wardrobe – the little black dress, the perfect pair of jeans – but for every essential wardrobe item, there’s an essential pair of shoes to match. Investing in some key footwear styles means you can say goodbye to that what-to-wear conundrum, able to put the finishing touch to any outfit.
Here are some of my favourite fashionistas showing off the shoes you need in your collection, to see you through your day at the office, night at the club and beyond.
Knee high boots
Trying to part Kate Moss from her knee high boots is like trying to part the sea – it ain’t gonna happen. Kate knows a classic when she sees it, and a sleek pair of black knee highs is an absolute must for any wardrobe. Show some skin with mini skirts and hot pants, pair with opaque tights, or slip them over your favourite skinny jeans for a look that’s effortlessly smart and oh so cool for strutting around the city.
Come the weekend, or the upcoming festive party season, there’s only one shoe you need to get by – statement heels. This is your chance to splurge on the pair that stops you in your tracks and makes you scream ‘they must be mine!’ Whether you’re more comfortable in stilettos or thick heels is up to you, just make sure they’re designed to attract attention. Enter Lady Gaga, a woman who’s built a career out of stealing the limelight, to show us how it’s done.
Thanks to Glastonbury, wellies are officially cool. It’s good news for feet that are trying to make their way through the British seasons without getting waterlogged. Thanks to celebs playfully mixing up these country casual classics with everything from hot pants to they’re now a bona fide festival essential – a rare moment where functionality is allowed to rule over fashion. Stick to classic olive green or black a la Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof and Kelly Osbourne, as they’ll go with anything. I love the quilted Paul’s Boutique pair from BANK, bringing city chic to the great outdoors.
Shoes don’t come any more ladylike than the ballet pump, and ladies don’t come any more ladylike that Kate Middleton. She was snapped popping to the supermarket, showing them as the perfect casual shoe. Adding a touch of femininity to any outfit, from girly sundresses to jeans and suits, they’re cute, they’re comfortable and they’re incredibly versatile. They also come in every colour and print under the sun, so if you fancy something a little livelier than the classic nude, express yourself with your favourite shade and add a pop of colour.
For sporty days, or evenings spent lounging in front of the TV after kicking off your work heels, a comfy pair of sneakers can’t be beat. Sneaker fads come and go, but if you want a pair that’ll see you through every fashion season for years to come, keep them iconic. Adidas Gazelles, Nike hi-tops, and the A-list favourite Converse All Stars will all stand you in good stead, and look great to boot. Follow Sarah Jessica Parker’s lead and keep them simple so they’ll match with more outfits.