If we lived by Carrie Bradshaw's rules, then we could never have too many shoes. Sometimes, we think that may be the case. However, we don't have the budget (or closet space for that matter) to jump on every single trend.
To make your wardrobe planning a little easier, we've zeroed in on the 10 key shoe styles every woman should have in her closet. If you adhere to this foolproof footwear plan, then you'll always have the pair you need. From your secret-weapon statement shoe to the go-anywhere ankle boot, click on to see, shop, and stock your closet with all the necessary ingredients.
Basic Ballet Flats
Ballet flats (or skimmer flats) are a no-fuss solution to feeling polished and pulled together while on the go. They're equal parts ladylike and casual, meaning we can wear them with pretty pleated skirts, shift dresses, or even cutoffs.
Charles David Leather Flat  ($115)
Gym sneakers are meant for the gym, but a pair of cute kicks like these are a wardrobe basic worth investing in. They'll look a whole lot sweeter with jeans than your cross-trainers will.
Vans Classic Navy Slip-On Shoes  ($45)
Go-With-Everything Ankle Boots
It's no wonder these ankle boots have a huge celebrity following. The neutral hue and walkable heel will serve you well year-round.
Étoile Isabel Marant Dicker Boot  ($650)
Come Spring and Summer, we make the seasonal shift to sandals. Great wedges are easy to walk in and pair just as well with party dresses as they do with casual shorts and denim.
Dolce Vita Open Toe Wedge Sandals  ($169)
The Classic Pump
This pair of polished pumps will never let you down. From the office to your evenings out, these are a classically chic finish to everything.
Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100 black kid pump  ($645)
Think of these as your much-cooler alternative to flip-flops. Since we gravitate toward flat sandals all Summer long, make sure you opt for a pair with details you'll be happy to slip into on a daily basis. Something with a fun color or great studded finish can up the ante on your everyday dress.
Loeffler Randall Gilda Single Band Sandals  ($225)
Every girl needs a pair of seriously sexy heels in her arsenal. Whether you opt for vibrant color, a statement print, or ultrasexy detailing, this pair should be the one you throw on with everything from jeans to your evening dresses to feel instantly sexy.
Zara Criss Cross High Heel Sandal  ($90)
Classic Riding Boots
For Fall, Winter, rain, and beyond, a pair of tall boots lends polish and protection from the elements. They're as chic as they are practical.
Frye Dorado Riding Boot  ($598)
Nude heels are a no-brainer for completing our evening looks as well as our dressier day ensembles. They're seasonless, go with everything, and pull double duty, lengthening our stems.
Jimmy Choo Lang Leather Heeled Sandals in Nude  ($775)
Smart brogues or loafers have become a wardrobe mainstay. Think of these as an office-to-off-duty alternative to sneakers with a preppy-cool twist.
French Connection Dakin Oxford Flat  ($130)