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..every girl’s favorite subject…shoes. Below, you’ll find a list of must-haves shoes for any age, style or occasion.
Where do I like to find my 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?
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.
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.
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.
A simple heeled sandal is all that you need for formal events. I like this one in a neutral metallic because it can be worn with anything. I am also a big fan of the nude patent in these, for that same reason.
Granted, these may not be the prettiest shoe, but in the summertime I live in them 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).
I actually purchased these booties after a long hunt for the perfect pair. I had previously tried on these but wasn’t impressed. This pair comes in some great colors, but I chose the classic black to fill a closet void. 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 (I love the natural, wine and dark green suede options). Like I said, Nine West is always running promotions, so get on their email list if you see something you like.
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?
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