Last weekend I tore through my closets and really cleaned out the items that I was no longer wearing, including two bags of shoes! It’s no secret that I love shoes, but sometimes I forget actually how many shoes I own. I usually store my off-season clothes and shoes in a Tupperware bin, so to see all of them them together in a huge mountain on the floor was just crazy!
I ended up sending a majority of my clothes off to the Fashion Project, where I received a Nordstrom gift card for my donation! The remainder of the items that didn’t qualify were consigned at a local shop. Anyway, all this cleaning got me thinking, what are the types of shoes that we really need? I’m sure that we could all make do with so much less, but here are my picks for any modern girl’s shoe closet.
For me, living in New England, snow boots and rain boots are a must. If you live in an area that doesn’t get much snow, you could pass with just the rain boots, and get some thick welly socks to wear with them on colder days. Even if you loathe the gym, there is always some event where sneakers are needed, whether its a day of volunteering to paint a playground or working the water station at a charity 5k race!
For those who work in a professional environment, these are the basics. When I worked in an office I wore heels every day so not only did I have these basics, but many more! Nude pumps and black pumps would be staples that would match almost anything. I still keep a pair of black pumps in my file cabinet for emergenices! I love dressy wedges, especially for when I’m working at an event and need to be on my feet all day. I realize there may be some professional modern girls out there who just do not like to wear heels, and thats totally fine! Just sub these out with flat versions!
These would be my “everyday” choices for shoes. I could be wearing them while running errands, grocery shopping, or walking into town. The Chucks would be the ultra-casual choice, while the ballet flats and driving moccasins are a bit dressier, depending on where I’m going. I suppose the moccasins would be more of a fall shoe, while ballet flats are truly chic year round!
I wear boots for nearly half the year, and like to have a few styles to choose from. This year I invested in a fantastic pair of knee high boots that I’ll have forever. Ankle booties are easier to wear, and go well with skinny jeans, which is my typical choice of jean style. I’ve noticed that I gravitate towards my brown suede ones the most! Since I wear boots so often, I also like to have a pair with some kind of fun embellishment or buckles, just to change things up!
Spring is here and that means sandal weather is around the corner! I always have a pair of fancy sandals on hand for weddings or other dressy events. On a typical summer day you’d probably find me in casual gladiator-style sandals, as they are easy to wear with anything –jeans, shorts and dresses. Espadrille wedges are by far my favorite summer shoe since they are easy to walk in and able to be dressed up or down.
Summer is my favorite season for shoes… so the list continues on! Toms are the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn and are easy to slip on and off, especially for traveling! I of course have a few pairs of the New England modern girl staple, the Jack Rogers sandal! I’m loving this new style, a fresh take on their classic Navajo! And of course, its not really summer without a pair (or 2 or 10 pairs!) of flip flops.
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