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.