There is only one pair of essential footwear you’ll ever need. Unfortunately, nobody can agree what it is. Until the world of fashion sends out a memo informing everyone of the new mass consensus on the topic, we must consider our options…
Gummies (gum boots)
Ankle boots go with just about anything (see how to style your ankle gumboots). In fact, if your wardrobe is missing gummies, you probably find that you don’t have a go-to pair of durable but good-lookin’ shoes to grab whenever you need to head out in a hurry. From dressing the part on the social scene to perhaps turning up in an outfit a little more upmarket, you can mix and match these versatile boots to your heart’s content.
We all have those what-to-wear moments. And this is your opportunity to introduce yourself to a closet staple that will serve you well no matter the occasion.
For that dressed down masterclass in how to look like you threw something on and still managed to look a million dollars, you need day-time sneakers.
They’re not necessarily ideal for all-day outings, as the materials used will typically make your feet sweat and you could end up feeling like the more you wear them the narrower they get (sneakers are typically tight fitting as it is, and your feet will expand throughout the day – read more considerations about feet).
However, if you’re after a look to suit heading down to the park in the most casual but eye-catching getup you own, day-time sneakers shouldn’t be overlooked as a quick win in fast fashion.
Fancy flats (daytime)
Not every occasion calls for sassy boots or comfy sneaks. Sometimes, you need fancy flats. No wardrobe is complete without at least one or two outfits that convey you are someone who understands how to look respectful and proper when the situation calls for it.
We are, of course, delving into the world of interview attire. You can try all you like to pass off your interview wear as modern and edgy, but turning up in your indoor-outdoor slippers paired with yoga pants is definitely a look that says you haven’t understood what is required of you, rather than showing off your personality.
Don’t take risks where there is no pay off. Purchase some fancy flats and be ready for the call to move up the career ladder.
Something with straps (evening)
Straps are fun. They just are. Straps with jeans, straps with a dress, straps with combat trousers or a skirt … it all looks good if you do it well. Whereas the options mentioned previously will cover you for the day to day basics, now we must turn our attention to the evening.
Straps come with attitude on tap. If you want an opinion, ask somebody wearing strappy footwear. Nobody accidentally buys straps and later on at home thinks, “Oops, these shoes aren’t as conservative as I thought they were in the shop”. Everyone knows what they’re getting into. And what they’re getting into is a vibe that says HI I’VE ARRIVED.