After mourning the loss of my favorite pair of nude flats, I decided to take a look at my shoe collection and make sure I had all of the necessary footwear for the upcoming seasons.
Shoes are one of the most fun accessories to shop for, but if you’re on a budget, sticking to a short list of basics is completely doable. I’m pretty hard on my shoes due to lots of running around at work, so I’m very choosey on where I make my investments as far as fancy footwear.
My must-have short list is:
Nude Pumps – the ones I’ve chosen include two pairs from L.K. Bennett – a London-based designer who’s Sledge Pumps are worn often by the Duchess of Cambridge. When I saw how often she wore them, I figured they had to be somewhat comfortable and was fortunate to receive them as a Christmas gift. I usually save them for special occasions — they’re so beautiful! The pair on the far right is a lower-heeled option that I hadn’t seen before. May have to put those on my holiday wish list this year!
Nude flats – LOVE the Tory Burch pair, but I usually defer to very budget-friendly pairs of nude flats. I tend to go through a pair or two every season, so it’s not worth investing in. Other great places to look for quality, reasonable flats are sites like Nordstrom Rack and Saks Off Fifth. I’ve gotten a few great pairs from Nordstrom Rack!
Black pumps – LOVE the Bethany style from Cole Haan. Another pair I chose as an investment (with a Saks gift card I had received!). They’re REALLY comfortable and make for a great pair of every day heels (if I wore heels everyday!).
Black knee-high boots – Both pairs shown above are really pretty. Last year, I found a pair of Bandolino boots that I fell in love with that were about $150 at Macy’s. I’ve already had them re-heeled once and plan to take great care of them because they’re very comfortable. The splurge listed above is actually on sale – $157 down from $350! I’ve never tried on Taryn Rose shoes, but they might be worth a try for that price.
Black peep-toe wedges (or nude!) – I feel like the fifth slot could have gone a lot of ways, but I’m a wedge girl. For the workplace, it’s definitely necessary to choose wisely – some wedges can be too casual for the office. I have to admit, though, in the South, it’s so much more laid back than when I was working in the Northeast. It’s possible to get away with casual shoes/attire, especially in the summer – huge positive of the South!
The last two shoes were just too pretty not to include – browsing Nordstrom’s shoe selection should be considered a hobby! Prints like snakeskin and leopard print are considered neutral these days, so they could both be paired with so many outfit options. They’re both gorgeous!
Hope these options were helpful – I love online “window” shopping, so this was a fun post!