The 10 Pairs of Shoes Every Woman Needs

How many pairs of shoes are in your closet? 5? 10? 15 or more? Well, even if you are rocking double digits when it comes to your personal footwear collection, you’ve got nothing on Beth Shak: a professional poker player who claims to own over 1,200 pairs of shoes made up mostly of Louboutin and YSL designs. While some may ask “But does she really need that many shoes?,” the answer is yes.

When it comes to shoes, my philosophy is that you can never have enough. Unlike the rest of your body, your foot tends to stay the same size no matter how in or out of shape you are so you’ll never have the problem of buying a pair of shoes and then suddenly not being able to fit into them. This philosophy has made me keep every pair of shoes I’ve ever owned since middle school (minus old sneakers and worn down flip flops) and makes me feel like I have my own personal shoe store when picking the perfect outfit for a night out, a job interview, or a day at the beach.

Sure, there are some pairs in my closet that I’ll probably never wear again (like my 2002 chunky platform sandals) and I’m sure Beth has some pairs that will never see a red carpet or a dirty casino floor again, but we keep them in our closet just in case the early 2000’s come back in 20 years… or just to remind us how much progress we’ve made in the fashion department.

If you’re like me (living off a microscopic bank account), you definitely can’t afford 1,200 pairs of shoes. Lucky for you, there’s only 10 pairs that every girl really needs.

What’s your favorite pair of shoes? Are you guilty of hanging on to old, outdated shoes just for the sake of keeping a large collection? Are there any shoes you think we left off the list?

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  1. Olivia says:

    My fave shoes are definitely wedges. They can be casual or dressy, depending on how you wear them. But either way, they're the comfiest of of any heel, that's for sure! I also love ballet flats, they're perfect for an internship & even look fine with leggings and an oversized tee. Good list!

  2. Hogan Prezzi says:

    I only have 4 pairs of shoes at present. I need more 6.

  3. Tinke says:

    I accualy own the Guess lepord print and pink heels and i LOVE THEM THEY GO great with my LBD or Jeans. Only problem is the Sole on the heel came of after one wear and I had to replace it.

  4. Kalynn says:

    I actually have quite an extensive collection of over 200 pairs of shoes–and I don't think I spent more than forty dollars for any of them! I am a very big bargain hunter–I go to a ritzy consignment shop and get designer shoes that are either new or practically new. Other than that, I shop at places, such as TJ Maxx and Marshalls and get fabulous deals. I absolutely LOVE cute flats, which I search for the most. The best part is…I have them all organized by color so it makes it easy to match outfits with them.

  5. Katherine says:

    This is a cool article! I used to not be a shoe person at all, I just didn't really care as long as I had a few good pair. Over the last year or two that changed. Now I'm 4'9 and I mostly rock sneakers or flats. I need to get into heels and this guide was helpful. Thanks

  6. raynasybelle says:

    This was a really nice list. I really liked it.

  7. taylo says:

    those shoe examples are heinous. you must be from the midwest.

    1. Deb says:

      it was the style that she was getting at, not the actual shoe that she used as an example. good god!

  8. kim says:

    uggs aren't done but some of the shoes u picked for this article are

  9. Trina says:

    the "going out heels" were so ugly that i didn't even bother reading about it, my eyes were hurting too much.

  10. lex says:

    What shoes are you guys picking?? Jeez whenever I read articles about shoes, it’s always laced with “omg -heels hurt sooooo much!!” I have a $30 pair of awesome “going-out” stilettos– 5-inchers– and I have walked all day in them without issue. You seriously need to learn how to look for comfort or learn how to walk in them. Heels don’t have to equal pain.

  11. Kassia says:

    kay, let me shorten the list.
    1. flip flops
    – opt for bright colors, like hot pink or yellow
    – you don't need a black one
    2. fabulous strappy high-heeled sandals (that would work as the so-called going out heels)
    – opt for rhinestones, snakeskin, satin if you want glam
    – or opt for leather or suede for shoes that would work with anything
    3. black ballet flats
    – choose something with bows, lace, or rhinestones (make sure it's ornamented)
    4. sneakers
    – comfortable and save your time
    5. black pumps
    – would make you look professional, even fierce if you choose the perfect one
    6. black/brown leather boots
    – goes with almost anything, they don't have to be heels anyway
    7. wedges
    – choose bright colored, strappy ones for that summer vibe
    – choose earth colored ones for maximum use
    – don't opt for anything that look just like the picture above, the perfect wedges should be open-toed
    or boot-wedges

  12. lauragreene97 says:

    Black pumps are a must – and something to invest in. They’re timeless, too, if you pick the right pair. I have to say… I own black ballet flats and have never worn them. They do not make me feel fabulous, and shoes should definitely do that!
    I think the right pair of shoes can make or break a date, too. Strappy sandles are great for a date- as are wedges. Dare I suggest strappy wedges? Ehhh? I live by the tips in AK Ivanova’s book “Win His Heart” ( working so far. I’ll probably donate my black flats and buy some more black pumps :)

  13. @jacki650 says:

    I have been REALLY wanting some mocassins! I also really love these loafer heels that I had seen on this list of Must Have Shoes for Fall >
    They are too cute!!

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