The 7 Pairs of Shoes Every Woman Should Own

A wise woman once said that a girl can never have enough shoes. While we totally agree with (and live by) this quote, there are certain shoes that hold a very near and dear place in our hearts and closets. Trends may come and go (we're looking at you, sneaker wedge), but classic styles are eternal. Here are seven pairs of shoes every woman should have in her fashion arsenal.

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The black pump is the answer to every outfit conundrum. What shoes go with this dress? How do I make this outfit feel dressier? What shoes will boost my confidence? When it comes to footwear, the simple and elegant black pump is like the best friend ever girl can rely on.

Jimmy Choo ‘Abel’ Pump, $595, Nordstrom

Also consider: BCBGeneration Treasure Pump, $65, Amazon


Sandal heels are insanely versatile, whether you’re adding feminine flair to a casual outfit or pairing them perfectly with a cocktail dress. Though they’ve never gone out of style, they are experiencing quite a resurgence in popularity as of late.

High Heel Sandals, $69.99, Zara

Also consider: Steve Madden Stecy Dress Sandal, $79.95, Amazon


I can’t remember life before the ankle bootie. More and more, it’s turned into my go-to shoe, and has become the style which fills most of my closet. Whether it’s paired with jeans or a maxi dress, the ankle bootie has proven to be the shoe that can instantly make any outfit.

H by Hudson ‘Lewknor’, $249.99, Nordstrom

Also consider: Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Boot, $65, Amazon


I could wax poetic about my love for the ballet flat, but I won’t, because I have a feeling you already feel the same way. Whether it’s completely flat or has a little bit of a heel, this classic style provides easy elegance to any outfit. Did we mention the part about them being the most comfortable shoe ever?

Tory Burch ‘Reva’, $225, Nordstrom

Also consider: Sam Edelman Rae Ballet Flat, $130, Amazon


On a cold winter day, a pair of leather boots not only keeps us warm, but also gives us instant style. Similar to their must-own counterparts, the knee-high boot can go with any kind of outfit. But unlike some of the other styles, the knee-high boot can also make any woman feel a little bit sexier.

Steve Madden ‘Creation’ Leather Boots, $79.95, Nordstrom

Also consider: Steve Madden Pull-On Engineer Boot, $75, Amazon


You may not wear this shoe as much as the others, but it’s just as important to have. A sturdy leather sandal can last you for years, carrying you through countless summer vacations and backyard BBQs.

Dolce Vita ‘Daffodil Sandals’, $69, DolceVita

Also consider: Beston Gladiator Flat Sandals, $27.99, Amazon


You can never be too old for the classic sneaker. It’s a universal style that every woman has had since as long as they can remember. They’re essential for those days when you’re too lazy to wear the other shoes in this roundup.

Converse ‘Chuck Taylor’ Canvas Sneaker, $50, Amazon