As a shoe designer, I know only too well that not only can a pair of shoes make or break an outfit, but with tonnes of choice on the market these days, it’s tricky to avoid impulse purchases and a wardrobe full of shoes that you wear once and never wear again. From the office to the races, it really is possible to streamline your footwear if you choose key pieces that will see you through the seasons in style. So, if you’re looking to invest in a capsule shoe wardrobe or edit your existing closet, here’s my guide to the top five shoe styles no woman should be without…
From driving the school run to taking a rest from heels in-between meetings, a sensible flat is a wardrobe staple. They look just as fab with a pair of jeans as they do with a skirt, shorts or dress and if you choose something neutral in tone they will literally go with everything.
The Carine in blush suede with a gold trim and super cute hand-beaded blush flowers are timeless with enough sparkle to dress up any outfit.
No wardrobe should be without a pair of classic pumps. A chic black pointed toe will never go out of season but if you want to add a nod to this season’s trend go for a simple court shoe in a vibrant hue. If the shape’s classic, the colour will always look great with a number of key looks. And remember invest in quality and comfort – these shoes will be your best friend on countless occasions.
Why should flats be any less gorgeous than heels? A stylish pair of sandals are a summer wardrobe staple and will pair perfectly with everything from denim cut-offs and jeans to a maxi-dress. And if they’re smart enough, a pretty pair of sandals can also be a classy alternative to heels at weddings and any other smart summer soiree.
These statement embellished beauties are the ultimate party sandal that will take you from beach wedding to Sunday brunch with your girlfriends.
For those Summery days when you can’t quite decide between heels and flats, the wedge is the perfect option. Just the shoe for a day at the races or night on the town, this timeless peep-toe will see you through many a diary date.
The metallic strappy is the ultimate in versatile shoe and however many times it’s reinvented, it still manages to go with everything: Dress them up for cocktails or wear a pair to lunch with your favourite skinny jeans. These rose gold numbers are the chicest of them all.
Emmy is the Founder and Creative Director of London based shoe brand Emmy London. To get a window to the world of Emmy, follow her on Instagram @emmyshoes.