I am a firm believer that shoes can transform an outfit. They are one of my favorite things to buy! But I’m working on some upcoming posts sharing my capsule wardrobe suggestions, and wanted to kick it off by sharing my capsule shoes – the ones every closet needs! Here are the 5 shoe silhouettes you should own and a few suggestions for some of my current favorite silhouettes for each style.

Neutral Heel

A nude pump is the keystone of any capsule shoe collection. Wear them with boyfriend jeans during the day, a high-waisted trouser at the office, or a flirty dress for a night out. These louboutin heels were the first designer shoes I ever bought and they are still one of my favorites to this day.

NUDE CLEAR PUMP (ON SALE)

I love the clear/nude combo. This pair is a great price point (on sale right now) and the clear detail adds a more modern edge. Also love this suede pair for a more classic silhouette.

 

 

NUDE STILETTOS

These are my go-to nude heels. They are definitely an investment, but I have worn them on repeats for years, so if you are on the fence, splurge on these instead of buying 5-6 other pairs that you will wear a few times for a year or two before you are over them. They are timeless and go with everything.

NUDE PUMPS WITH STRAP DETAIL

Obsessed with the strap detail on these pumps! I have this style from them in white and it’s one of my favorites – they are classic but also super unique.

Simple White Sneaker

I live in my white sneakers! I grew up as a tomboy and own dozens of heels, but I’ll choose a white sneakers 9 times out of 10. With sportswear being such a huge ticket in fashion right now, you can get away with pairing sneakers with almost any look – a cropped trouser, sun dress, or a sporty look. Here are some of my favorites:

WHITE SNEAKERS

These are one of my favorite sneaker brands. I love all the color options they have (this pair is perfect for spring; also love the contrast on this pair). Also have this Reebok pair which has that similar retro vibe (and under $100).

CHUNKY SNEAKER

Who else is all about the chunky sneaker trend? I love pairing them with joggers and Nike socks for a streetstyle look, or also with boyfriend jeans or a spring dress to add a sporty vibe to any outfit.

SNEAKERS WITH NEON DETAIL

Obsessed with the neon detail on these sneakers! This is another great quality brand of sneakers – also love this neutral sneaker (similar here). This pair is another great lace-up option for under $50.

Combat Boot

WHITE-LACED COMBAT BOOTS

Combat boots! They are the biggest trend in boots right now – so big that they are overflowing into spring and summer looks. You can transition them into spring with  a mini skirt and cropped tee, with your joggers, or with a tailored cropped trouser. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few options to bring an edgy vibe to your closet.

COMBAT BOOTS WITH WHITE LACES (ON SALE UNDER $50)

If you aren’t ready to fully commit to the combat boot trend, this pair if the perfect way to dip your toe in. They are on sale right now under $50 and have more of a sleek silhouette if you don’t want a super chunky boot. I wear mine all the time. They also come in white!

BUCKLE COMBAT BOOTS

These boots were my big splurge this winter and they are hands down my favorites. I love the gold hardware detail. This pair is another great option with some hardware detail at a lower price point.

WHITE DOC MARTENS

If you weren’t convinced that 90s style was back in full force, these Doc Martens beg to differ. I love the idea of having a white combat boot – they are a great statement boot and pair more with your spring/summer ensembles.

 

Barely-There Sandal

Nothing gets more feminine than a pretty, barely-there sandal. They are a must during spring and summer to lighten up any and all of your outfits. Here are some of my favorite styles right now:

SNAKESKIN HEELED SANDALS (ON SALE UNDER $100)

Love the clear straps of these sandals with the animal print block heel! They have a casual feel so they are the perfect addition to elevate a simple or comfy look. Also on sale right now for under $100. (Love them in nude here too!)

KITTEN SANDALS

These are the epitome of the ‘barely there’ sandal silhouette. It’s so minimalist but also effortlessly chic. Pair them with your favorite jeans and a tee, a shorts suit, or any of your favorite dresses. (Also love this slide version here – on sale under $100.)

SQUARE TOE SANDALS

Square-toe, strappy sandals are everything right now and there are so many great options that don’t come with a Bottega Veneta price tag. Love these and also this slide silhouette.

Statement Shoe

Every girl needs that special pair of show-stopping shoes to throw on when she needs them. The right shoe can turn even the most basic outfit into a winning look. Here are a few statement shoes I’m obsessed with, from sneakers to stilettos.

PINK SANDALS

If your shoe game is pretty neutral, the first step to adding a statement is a bold color. This season has so many amazing pastels and neons – the options are endless. How pretty are these pink sandals? Also obsessed with this gorgeous yellow kitten heel.

NIKE AIR MAX SNEAKERS

In a sea of white sneakers, you need to have a statement pair. Whether that means a colorful sneaker or a retro, chunky sneaker, you’re sportswear looks will thank you for stepping up your shoe game with a cool vintage silhouette Nike.

CLEAR KITTEN HEEL

I cannot get over this pair of kitten heels! (Hello, modern day glass slipper!) From the gorgeous texture to the round heel, it is definitely a show-stopper. Since it’s a neutral, you can pair it with anything. It would be so chic with boyfriend jeans and a linen oversized button up.

FLORAL SANDAL

This is one of my favorite spring shoes this season. The floral print is any easy way to bring some color and pattern to your wardrobe and the pleated material adds a really pretty texture. (Also how good is this sporty sandal version??)

 

I could go on forever – I’m such a sucker for shoes! But that’s a good start for a solid capsule shoe collection. Let me know which shoes are your favorite and also if I’m missing any shoes you consider a wardrobe staple!

XX, Christine

 

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  1. Rena

    Thanks a lot for sharing this great overview! It makes me smile you share here the same Gucci sneakers I own, too 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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