Booties on duty

Cinderella’s story is all about the shoe in the end. A shoe with a spirit can bring character into the most uninspired ensemble. No outfit is complete until you have shoe to match its mood. As much as we would want it, we can’t Carrie-Bradshaw our way into life, seeking Nirvana in stacks of Manolo Blahniks. For the more worldly-wise who want the best return-on-investment, here is a guide to the 8 essential shoe styles a woman must have in her closet to make any outfit worth its while.

 

Black Pumps

This is the one shoe every girl should hold close to her sole. Pointy or rounded, patent or suede, this demi-god is worshipped in many avatars. These babies look absolutely wow with everything; a no-nonsense pencil skirt, a casual jumpsuit, a flirty evening dress, those rugged boyfriend denims, your everyday leggings…well, you know how it goes. Look sharp in these sexy heels day in, day out.

 

Nude Pumps

Another eternal wardrobe essential which makes you look taller, classier and more put-together. They are like the little black dress which never goes out of fashion. Buy a pointed-toe pair which blends in with your skin tone to get an illusion of height and make your legs look slimmer.  This timeless piece will go with most colours and you will have almost every outfit covered.

 

Ballet Flats

This is the most utilitarian shoe a woman can own. It’s a pair in which you can glide along like Lady La-di-dah or run around handling chores and crossing busy intersections. It will be the BFF in your daily battles, evening saunters and Friday night outings. Team it up with those ripped denims, sassy skirts, demure formal trousers or breezy dresses. To make the investment more resourceful, buy a black/neutral pair with delicate design or go for a dash of colour in patent leather look.

 

Flat Sandals

Sandals are always in style.  Comfortable and functional at the same time, these strappy darlings make life so much easier. A flat sandal with a little detailing can be used to accessorize a chic summer dress or frayed denim shorts. When you don’t want to look too casual in sneakers or too fancy in heels, sandals can provide you that subtle and tasteful nonchalance.

 

Platform Wedges

A girl can never have too many heels in her closet. How can anyone say no to these uber chic and fun-to-wear wedge heels? Ideal for summertime, they up your fashion-quotient without troubling your feet. So get a trendy pair and rock those trousers, skirts, maxi dresses, and white pants and just about everything. You can opt for pastels, two-tones, brown leather ones or bring some bling in golden straps.

Casual sneakers

After all that dressing up and swishing around, all your feet need are a good massage and a soft cushion. Or, you can put those comfy sneakers on and be back on your feet in no time. Putting on a pair shorts/jeans/yoga pants? Roaming around in a cute polka-dotted dress like Deepika Padukone in Tamasha? Going to check-out something in the mall around the corner? Just grab your sneakers and make a go for it.

Ankle length boots

These walkable heels in dark or understated tones jack up the edge in your manner. You can go for a flat pair for daily wear or walk tall with heels to look the part in jeans, leggings and dresses. They are more practical than their knee-length counterparts because of the sheer versatility they offer. 

Statement Heels

This one is for those days when you have to glam up and steal the show. Invest in a pair of gorgeous statement heels preferably in metallic gold or silver so that you make heads turn in both Indian and Western attires. You can go for dressy ankle strap heels with golden straps or opt for finer detailing in killer heels. Look the quintessential fashionista when you strut around spreading shimmer.