9 Pairs of Shoes Every Woman Should Own

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Before the holidays, I posted a question on my facebook page asking what topics you all are interested in reading about, and one of the requests was for my favorite styles and brands of shoes. So, that brings us to today’s post which is all about..the must have shoes for woman. Below, you’ll find a list of must-haves shoes for any age, style or occasion.

Where do I like to find my must have shoes?

I have been a long time fan of Nine West for their affordable prices, classic style and comfortable wear. I am also a HUGE fan of Target for trendier options–that place is a treasure trove for shoes–but I also love seeing what I can find at DSW (Love the men’s section, too; I’ve gotten Arnie some great Clarks boots and Cole Haan dress shoes here). I often find myself gravitating towards Steve Madden and Kate Spade (for the REALLY special pairs)–found at department stores like Nordstrom and Macys, or online at Zappos (free 2-day shipping and returns!). I almost always go shoe-shopping with something particular in mind, so I look online first. If I can find the item in a nearby local store, or something similar, I will do that. Otherwise, I’m not a stranger to ordering shoes online (right, Arnie?). Bottom line: I go wherever the best price is for what I’m looking for.

Like most things, sign up for email lists and Rewards programs, where offered. DSW offers great rewards and Nine West runs sales all the time. Of course, Target is always low-priced, but keep in mind you’ll get what you pay for, for sure–this is why I shop at Target most-often for trendier styles versus staples. Let’s take a look at my picks, shall we?

9 Pairs of Must Have Shoes for Women

Leopard Flats

No matter your age or style, you can wear leopard, and this is one of my favorite ways to do so. These flats would be great with dress pants for work, jeans and a white tee for weekend, dressed up with a pencil skirt… you name it. The print is made of neutral colors, so you can wear it with just about anything!

Maroon Tuxedo Loafer

I have this exact pair of loafers, a practically identical knock-off to the J.Crew Factory version. I wear these to work all. the. time. In fact, I wore them today with black ankle pants and a grey silk blouse. Most of my office attire is black or neutrally colored, so the tiiiiny pop of color works great for a little something extra.

Winter Boots

If you’re from Western, PA., you know there’s no question that winter boots are a must. I have had my eye on these Bean Boots for a few months, but my size is backordered until March (I hope we are past the snow by that point!), so I think I’ll just wait until next year on these babies. Some other winter boots I like for both function and fashion are these and these.

Rain Boots

Arnie got me these for my birthday this year (I have the matte black), and I really love them. I have had other rain boots before, but they were nowhere near this sturdy. These have been great to wear back and forth to work in all of the snow (I do not have to do a lot of walking since I am able to drive to work. If you did, I would not recommend these for snowy weather.), and I’m sure they’ll be equally beneficial come springtime rain.

Heeled Sandal

A simple heeled sandal is all that you need for formal events. I like this one in a neutral because it can be worn with anything. I am also a big fan of the black patent in these, for that same reason.

Flat Sandal

I really like the simplicity of these–easily dressed up or down. I wear them on constant repeat during the summer months. With a neutral color like this, they easily blend in to your leg, avoiding the possibility of cutting you off at the ankle and appearing shorter.


In the summertime I live in these soley for comfort. They are like walking on pillows. My grandma even loves these and wears them all the time! They’re perfect to slip on with a pair of shorts for running errands, or jeans and a white tee (obviously my favorite combination…no, but seriously).

Ankle Bootie

I actually purchased these booties after a long hunt for the perfect pair. With a lot of snow, it’s just not practical to wear a shoe that exposes skin. If you already have a pair of black booties and are looking for something a little bit more exciting, the other colors are beautiful.

Classic Pump

You’ve seen me in these a few times (see here, here and here). In my opinion, there is no shoe more classic or versatile than this one. It is an absolutely beautiful shoe. I even had a cobbler comment on how well-made they are!

Phew! That’s a lot of information! What are your must-have shoe picks?

Was this post helpful for you? Share your thoughts on these must have shoes for woman in the comments below! 

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  1. 1.8.15
    Tara said:

    I really need to check out Nine West, dress shoes are really lacking in my closet. I think I might have one pair of heels and one pair of heeled sandals :/
    That being said, I spend a great deal of time outside and one of my favorite brands for field shoes is Patagonia. I’m also in love with Birkenstock sandals because they are so comfortable. For winter/rain boots I really like Bogs, they have fun designs and are truly weatherproof. My new brand obsession is Bedstu. I got a great pair of leather boots at a very reasonable price from Amazon a few months ago. I just love their cobbler series styles. If I had to pick one more brand it would be Timberland, they have some really great boots too. I really love their eco friendly EarthKeepers line.

    • 1.8.15
      Lauren said:

      These are great brands. I’ve recently been introduced to Patagonia and Bogs sounds like a really reliable option for Western, Pa walking! Timberland is definitely great–I have a pair for work when we’re in the field that are so durable. Great feedback!

    • 1.9.15
      Lauren said:

      Really liking the Bogs options, especially this one: http://www.bogsfootwear.com/shop/style/71423-001.html#ReviewHeader. They say waterproof, but are they snowproof? I am hesitant to order them with the fabric?

  2. 1.10.15
    laurenmazzotta said:

    I love the ankle bootie! I’ve been wanting one, but I have a hard time committing to shoes sometimes. Do you wear them out in the winter? I’m always hesitant to buy suede shoes in western PA…

    • 1.10.15
      Lauren said:

      I hear you! Suede and snow do not mix. I got the black leather pair, which can be weatherproofed. I think the style of these pair works especially well for petite frames because of the low cut ankle, to elongate the leg. These are perfect for a wide leg dress pant, skinny pant or tights. All of these options would elongate a shorter a frame if paired with a black pant.

  3. 4.4.19
    Jada said:

    Love this post! I recently bought my first pair of leopard heels and I feel like a new woman every time I wear them!!


    • 4.5.19

      That’s awesome!! I love the feeling of purchasing something that makes you feel awesome! Thank you for reading! ☺️

  4. 1.2.20
    Stava Basham Thomas said:

    I am tall(5’9″), therefore I need the opposite ideas for shoe and leg fashion options.

  5. 2.19.20
    Mrs David Leticia said:

    I am interested and want to order and be Agent in aTanzania . Can you do something to let it happened?