As the age-old saying goes – a woman can never have too many shoes. This means that if your wardrobe is overflowing with shoe boxes, rogue heels and brogues you haven’t even worn in yet, you’re not alone.
In fact, there are types of footwear that can be considered essential for certain aspects of your lifestyle, and while many types of footwear can suit a number of occasions, you’re hardly going to head to the gym in a pair of stiletto heels, are you? At the same time, your choice of footwear can be determined by factors such as your personal style preferences or the time of the year. This can often make it difficult to streamline your footwear collection when you feel as though you’ve completely overindulged your habit.
Next time you go shoe shopping, keep versatility and wearability in mind. If you find a pair of boots or shoes that can be worn for multiple occasions, then it’s a good idea to snap them up. On the other hand, if you come across a pair that you love but you know you’ll never wear, this might be the time to curb your spending habits and save valuable storage space in your home.
Most of the time, running errands means you’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet, so you’re going to need a pair of shoes that you feel comfortable in. A pair of sports shoes might not go with every outfit, but they will allow you to make the most of your available time while you dash around town crossing chores off your list. This fits in with the growing trend of active-wear and those who tend to stick to a minimalist style will love this chance to wear their favorite black, nude or grey trainers.
If you’re not a fan of the gym shoe trend, you might want to opt for a pair of pumps or moccasins, as long as they give you the arch support you’ll need for walking around. In the summer, try to choose a sandal that won’t give you blisters without compromising on style.
Everyone’s number one concern in the winter is to stay as warm as possible, and the trick is to go for footwear that is well insulated. In that case, you’re more likely to go for a pair of boots that will fare well in the cold, wet, snowy weather. Snow boots usually tend to be the warmest winter boots around, and their rubber soles are waterproof meaning that you won’t have to worry about facing the elements. However, depending on your everyday style, you might find snow boots a little too bulky for your liking.
Your everyday winter boots should have enough traction that they’re safe enough to wear in snow and ice, and a pair that is calf height or higher will help you stay as warm as possible. If style is something you’re concerned about, with winter comes shoe shops that are lined with boots trimmed with faux fur.
Here’s where choosing footwear gets a little trickier. Yes, you’re looking for a pair of shoes for a formal event, but a lot of factors can come into play in this instance. For example, is the event at night or during the day? What is the weather like? Will your shoes match the rest of your outfit? By keeping these things in mind as you’re browsing the many stores you’re bound to be visiting, you’ll find it easier to streamline your choice down to the perfect pair.
When it comes to formal events, one of the best fashion rules to follow is to make sure that only your dress or your shoes are overly embellished. Anything more may be a little too much. So, if you’re wearing a dress that you know will catch the eye, a pair of simple heels might be your best bet. On the other hand, a basic evening dress might call for a pair of heels that will stand as the perfect accessory for your outfit. Why not go for some in a contrasting color?
Remember that, just because you’re attending a formal event, it doesn’t mean that you need to opt for high heels. On the contrary, there are plenty of footwear choices out there that are just as elegant. One of the latest trends, for example, is flat shoes embellished with crystals, pearls or sequins that allow them to fall into the category of evening shoes. If flats aren’t your thing, you might want to go for a sturdy wedge that can be just as glam while giving you the support you need to balance after a few glasses of bubbly.
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