Buying the right footwear is an art. You have so much variety in the market that it has not only become difficult to decide what to buy, but also it is painful to understand which ones not to buy.
You end up buying footwear for occasions and end up with a full Shoe closet. However you can just as easily stick to the classics, buy the indispensable pairs and have just a few for special events like weddings etc and you would be completely satisfied with your collection.
If you are one of those who loves buying shoes but can never decide on which pair to wear when it is time to dress up, we are here to help. There are seven Essential Pairs that every woman should have in her wardrobe.
Nothing spells out drama like boots. They look sexy and can make skirts and denims look and feel great. Want to look casual but look great? Go for boots.
Sandals without heels are the most comfortable things you can buy for your feet (apart from a foot massage you gift yourself on your birthday). Strap them on for a walk on grass, for a nice casual picnic in the spring or when you want to simply travel without worries.
Buy a pair with a bit of a heel and they will go with almost any outfit for a evening out. They go beautifully with saris as well as western wear, the pick is yours.
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Pumps are basically women’s shoes with Kitten Heels or higher. They are traditionally supposed to be without seams and laces, buckles, straps or ties. But like all other things they have evolved now including peep toes, with little bows, studded styles etc.
But the one pair you must own is a plain nude pump shoe with kitten heels. These beauties go with practically anything. Be it formal or informal wear. Office shoes or for a semi casual party – pumps are the way to go. The same reason you must own them in the nude colour. They are not only in vogue right now but they match everything making your feet look as feminine as it can be.
If you think they make you look boyish, think again. There are various colours and designs in which sneakers are now available.
These little things not only keep you motivated to go for a run every day (or to the gym, or a leisurely walk… take your pick), but also give your feet the right kind of cushioning that it needs and prevents ankle and feet damage that your workout may cause.
The different prints, textures, colours and styles are now all the more reason why you must own a pair if not more.
It may seem like a contradiction after sneakers, but sometimes comfort must be damned. There is not dearth of curses that one throws at the person who invented these feet killing machines (FYI French shoe designer Andre Perugia is the first documented designer to make them). Yet no one can deny that a woman in heel looks glamourous. Team them up with a dress and heads shall surely turn. Stilettos not only add height but also a flattering gait to the wearer.
Mojris (or even Kolhapuris)
These beautiful ornamental shoes originated during the Mughal reign in India and since then have gained the status of being an essential in a shoe wardrobe. They look fabulous with salwar kameez and the ornamental styles truly make your feet look and feel gorgeous.
Booties, as they are lovingly called, took a while to catch the fancy of the style leaders. They have taken the market by storm since especially because of the fitted pants trend. They look marvellous with ankle length trousers, culottes, skirts, midis – anything that would show off the ankles and the calves. Wear them with or without socks.