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Monday, May 28th 2012

Wardrobe Foundations: Shoes


Clockwise, from left: Shakuhachi Animal Booties, B Brian Atwood Labrea Sandals, Vera Wang Lara Snake Flats, Loeffler Randall Tamsin Pumps.

Every great wardrobe is actually made of several mini wardrobes, clusters of essential pieces from the same category that work together to build a strong foundation. In this series, we’re looking at these collections and offering our picks. This week, four essential shoes every woman should have in her closet.

THE BLACK PUMP
Find a pair with sleek lines and a low heel, and this shoe will be a true wardrobe workhorse. The Loeffler Randall pumps pictured are classic.

THE BALLET FLAT
One to wear with skinnies or skirts, a ballet flat in a bold or neutral hue is an easy go-to slip-on. Vera Wang flats are updated with snake texture, while Tory Burch flats (the Reva or the Eddie) keep the look pure and simple.

THE SLEEK BOOTIE
Flat or with a lift, a streamlined bootie works well with all denim silhouettes and toughens up the most ladylike dress. Look to Shakuhachi booties in brown or black for a modern feel.

THE EVENING SANDAL
Weddings, cocktail hour, or fancy work fêtes, a stunning pair of evening sandals ensure you won’t be left shoeless for life’s shinier affairs. B Brian Atwood sandals are eternal faves, but Badgley Mischka and Jean-Michel Cazabat have noteworthy styles as well.

Shop: pumps | ballet flats | booties | evening sandals

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