What shoes should I wear with this outfit? It’s the question every woman has asked herself many, many times. Even if you’ve got a closet full of shoes, it can still be a difficult decision to make. However, there is a solution. What you need is a small selection of shoes that are versatile enough to be used in a range of situations and circumstances. Here’s our short guide to the shoes that every woman should have in her wardrobe.

Wedges

Wedges are one of the most popular types of shoe and with good reason. A fantastic alternative to high heels, because the bottom of the shoe has a larger surface area, it makes them far more comfortable to walk in without sacrificing style. They’re particularly good in summer, especially for barbecues and other outdoor events where they will not sink into the ground like heels can.

Ballet flats

These ballerina inspired shoes are both stylish and comfortable. Designed to be rolled up and stored in a small clutch bag, they are an essential on a night out or after a busy day at the office, where you may want to change out of your painful heels and enjoy the delights of a comfy, yet stylish flat shoe.

Workout shoes

If you want to look good, that means hitting the gym on a regular basis. Investing in a good quality pair of running shoes is essential. You’ll want to look the best you can at the gym so it’s good news that the major manufacturers such as Adidas and Nike have some fantastically modern and chic designs in their ranges.

Black pumps

The go-to shoe if you can’t decide what to wear, black pumps will serve you perfectly well whether you’re working in the office or partying hard. The ultimate pair of shoes if you want flexibility, they are the most versatile shoes that a woman can own and should sit proudly in every woman’s wardrobe.

Wooden platform sandals

As a modern woman, sometimes you need to wear a pair of shoes that aren’t as fancy as a pair of high heels, but need to be a bit dressier than a simple pair of flats. Wooden platform sandals are a great choice in this situation. Suitable to be worn day or night and formally or informally, they’re one of the most flexible shoes a girl can own.

Knee-high boots

If you want to make a statement with your footwear, black knee-high boots are a fashionable and chic way to do so. As ubiquitous as the little black dress, they’re as versatile as they are sexy and can be worn with a wide variety of outfits from short skirts and tight leggings to long skirts and more formal business wear.

The statement shoe

Of course versatility is important, but so sometimes is making a statement. Yes it’s nice for a pair of shoes to be comfy and practical, but sometimes a girl has to grit her teeth and wear a pair of shoes that says ‘look at me!’ regardless of whether they’re hurting like hell. Whether they’re brightly coloured platform heels or another type of statement shoe, just remember to have a rolled up pair of ballet flats to put on when the going gets a bit too tough.