The only 10 pairs of shoes you’ll ever need

Few things in life will ever compare to the ecstasy of taking home a brand new pair of shoes and being greeted by the delicious new shoe smell that wafts into your nostrils when you open the box. Even if you’re more of a “bags gal,” you can’t deny this. There’s a reason why Carrie was so hell-bent on her Manolos, and Cinderella was mad-keen on getting her glass slipper back. Shoes are inexplicably magical.

But as much as we fall in love with their design, there’s also a practicality to them – duh. In any situation this definitive list of the shoes you must have in your wardrobe will be the solution to every footwear conundrum. Sure, there are derivatives, but these 10 styles are the main types of shoes you need in your outfit artillery. Have you got them all?

1. Pumps

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The stiletto pump is a timeless heel every woman should own. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Louboutins. 

Souliers Martinez Exclusive to Mytheresa - Bizkaia woven leather pumps

-30%

$338.00 $484.00

Souliers Martinez

Exclusive to Mytheresa - Bizkaia woven leather pumps

Delivery: International

Rejina Pyo Conie suede slingback pumps

-50%

$300.00 $600.00

Rejina Pyo

Conie suede slingback pumps

Delivery: International

Rochas Floral brocade pumps

-30%

$462.00 $660.00

Rochas

Floral brocade pumps

Delivery: International

ANN TAYLOR Azra Leopard Print Pumps

$128.00

ANN TAYLOR

Azra Leopard Print Pumps

Sold out

Cult Gaia Alia leather slingback pumps

$358.00

Cult Gaia

Alia leather slingback pumps

Sold out

ANN TAYLOR Mila Mesh Mini Buckle Pumps

$148.00

ANN TAYLOR

Mila Mesh Mini Buckle Pumps

Sold out

Souliers Martinez Badajoz leather slingback pumps

$494.00

Souliers Martinez

Badajoz leather slingback pumps

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Mansur Gavriel Leather slingback pumps

$475.00

Mansur Gavriel

Leather slingback pumps

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2. Heeled sandals

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Storm Westphal in her on-trend strappy sandals during the Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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Minimalist strappy sandals make a versatile investment. We love these 90s-inspired heels with everything from dresses to tailoring.

Alexandre Birman Strappy 75 leather sandals

-30%

$349.00 $499.00

Alexandre Birman

Strappy 75 leather sandals

Delivery: International

Mix No. 6 Womens Keisy Sandals Multicolor Size 9 Faux Leather From Sole Society

-50%

$20.00 $39.99

Mix No. 6

Womens Keisy Sandals Multicolor Size 9 Faux Leather From Sole Society

Delivery: International

Gianvito Rossi Exclusive to Mytheresa - Gaia 85 suede sandals

-40%

$477.00 $795.00

Gianvito Rossi

Exclusive to Mytheresa - Gaia 85 suede sandals

Delivery: International

ANN TAYLOR Tyler Wavy Suede Block Heel Sandals

-28%

$99.88 $138.00

ANN TAYLOR

Tyler Wavy Suede Block Heel Sandals

Delivery: International

Alexandre Birman Gianny 85 suede sandals

-30%

$406.00 $580.00

Alexandre Birman

Gianny 85 suede sandals

Delivery: International

Alexandre Birman Anastassia 75 suede sandals

$438.00

Alexandre Birman

Anastassia 75 suede sandals

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ANN TAYLOR Oren Suede Heeled Sandals

$148.00

ANN TAYLOR

Oren Suede Heeled Sandals

Sold out

Stuart Weitzman Merinda patent-leather sandals

$395.00

Stuart Weitzman

Merinda patent-leather sandals

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3. Flat sandals

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To-die-for flat sandals outside of Milan Fashion Week.

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From beach to city, flat sandals are essential for girls on the go. Stay on-trend with this season’s chunky wide strap styles.

Gucci Marmont leather thong sandals

$520.00

Gucci

Marmont leather thong sandals

Delivery: International

Isabel Marant Jansee leather slides

-30%

$329.00 $471.00

Isabel Marant

Jansee leather slides

Delivery: International

Alexandre Birman Vicky PVC and suede sandals

-30%

$306.00 $438.00

Alexandre Birman

Vicky PVC and suede sandals

Delivery: International

See By Chloé Embellished sandals

$338.00

See By Chloé

Embellished sandals

Sold out

Jil Sander Leather sandals

$495.00

Jil Sander

Leather sandals

Sold out

Mercedes Castillo Nolene embossed leather sandals

$312.00

Mercedes Castillo

Nolene embossed leather sandals

Sold out

Zimmermann Leather sandals

$395.00

Zimmermann

Leather sandals

Sold out

LOQ Ara leather sandals

$323.00

LOQ

Ara leather sandals

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4. Loafers

Summer loafers at Australian Fashion Week.

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Loafers are having a moment, but this isn’t your average office shoe. Think snake print, bold metallics and backless styles. Jazzy. If you want to treat yourself to something iconic, we recommend Prada loafers.

Raid Steve slingback loafer with snaffle in bone croc-Black

-20%

$32.00 $40.00

Raid

Steve slingback loafer with snaffle in bone croc-Black

Delivery: International

Tod's Gommino leather loafers

$495.00

Tod's

Gommino leather loafers

Delivery: International

Stuart Weitzman Bromley shearling loafers

-40%

$358.00 $598.00

Stuart Weitzman

Bromley shearling loafers

Delivery: International

Stuart Weitzman Payson Logo

-50%

$198.00 $395.00

Stuart Weitzman

Payson Logo

Delivery: International

Tod's Gommino leather loafers

$495.00

Tod's

Gommino leather loafers

Sold out

Park Lane pointed flat loafers in croc-Black

$40.00

Park Lane

pointed flat loafers in croc-Black

Sold out

Asos Mocha leather loafers in lilac-Purple

$56.00

Asos

Mocha leather loafers in lilac-Purple

Sold out

Ganni Jewel leather loafers

$375.00

Ganni

Jewel leather loafers

Sold out

5. Ballerina flats

Model Adwoa Aboah in black ballet flats during London Fashion Week.

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Ballet flats don’t have to be basic. Do yours with oversized bows and luxe embellishments this spring. If you are looking to splurge, Roger Viver has quite a nice selection.

Stuart Weitzman Kelsey embellished suede ballet flats

-30%

$332.00 $475.00

Stuart Weitzman

Kelsey embellished suede ballet flats

Delivery: International

Asos Liliana pointed bow slingback ballet flats in green

-20%

$28.00 $35.00

Asos

Liliana pointed bow slingback ballet flats in green

Delivery: International

Asos Lawful plaited tie leg pointed ballet flats in black

-38%

$20.00 $32.00

Asos

Lawful plaited tie leg pointed ballet flats in black

Delivery: International

Bottega Veneta Animal Printed Ponyskin Ballet Flats size 36,5

-55%

$315.94 $702.10

Bottega Veneta

Animal Printed Ponyskin Ballet Flats size 36,5

Delivery: International

Asos Luminous embellished slingback ballet flats in pink

-20%

$36.00 $45.00

Asos

Luminous embellished slingback ballet flats in pink

Delivery: International

Tod's Exclusive to Mytheresa - Leopard-print calf hair ballet flats

-30%

$451.00 $645.00

Tod's

Exclusive to Mytheresa - Leopard-print calf hair ballet flats

Delivery: International

ANN TAYLOR Hermione Striped Bow Slingback Flats

$128.00

ANN TAYLOR

Hermione Striped Bow Slingback Flats

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Red Valentino suede slingback flats

$475.00

Red Valentino

suede slingback flats

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6. Brogues

Olivia Palermo is seen wearing orange brown button up dress and brogues outside Altuzarra during Paris Fashion Week.

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‘Borrowed from the boys’ is a trend that isn’t going anywhere. Start from the feet up with some cool mannish brogues.

Asos Mottle leather flat brogues in white

-20%

$44.80 $56.00

Asos

Mottle leather flat brogues in white

Delivery: International

London Rebel lace up brogues in snake-Multi

-50%

$21.00 $42.00

London Rebel

lace up brogues in snake-Multi

Delivery: International

Paul Smith Elva Brogue (Pink) Womens Shoes

-55%

$267.75 $595.00

Paul Smith

Elva Brogue (Pink) Womens Shoes

Delivery: International

Pollini Studded brogues - SILVER

-20%

$286.00 $358.00

Pollini

Studded brogues - SILVER

Delivery: International

Adieu Paris chunky heel lace-up brogues - Blue

-40%

$340.00 $566.00

Adieu Paris

chunky heel lace-up brogues - Blue

Delivery: International

Comme Des Garçons x Doc Martens buckle detail brogues - White

$360.00

Comme Des Garçons

x Doc Martens buckle detail brogues - White

Delivery: International

Churchs Polished Fumè Oxford Brogue Woman Tabac Size 37,5

£480.00

Churchs

Polished Fumè Oxford Brogue Woman Tabac Size 37,5

Delivery: free

Peter Hahn Lace-up shoes Peter Hahn exquisit blue

-30%

£115.00 £165.00

Peter Hahn

Lace-up shoes Peter Hahn exquisit blue

Delivery: £4.95

7. Slip-ons

Model Alexis Sundman wears Vans sneakers after the Giambattista Valli show during Paris Fashion Week.

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Sleek slip ons are the ultimate on-the-go shoe. Team with jeans at the weekend or wear as a more relaxed alternative to heels with a suit at work.

Saint Laurent Embroidered canvas espadrilles

$345.00

Saint Laurent

Embroidered canvas espadrilles

Delivery: International

Saint Laurent Monogram leather espadrilles

$525.00

Saint Laurent

Monogram leather espadrilles

Delivery: International

Joseph Snake-effect leather ballet flats

$370.00

Joseph

Snake-effect leather ballet flats

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Keds Double Decker Canvas White, Size 6.5m Womens Shoes

$44.95

Keds

Double Decker Canvas White, Size 6.5m Womens Shoes

Sold out

Keds x kate spade new york Triple Decker Satin Bow Black, Size 9.5m Womens Shoes

$119.95

Keds

x kate spade new york Triple Decker Satin Bow Black, Size 9.5m Womens Shoes

Sold out

Keds Double Decker Suede Forest Green, Size 6.5m Womens Shoes

$49.95

Keds

Double Decker Suede Forest Green, Size 6.5m Womens Shoes

Sold out

Chloé C leather loafers

$583.00

Chloé

C leather loafers

Sold out

Saint Laurent Embroidered canvas espadrilles

$345.00

Saint Laurent

Embroidered canvas espadrilles

Sold out

8. Knee-high boots

Bettina Looney in brown knee-high boots outside the Max Mara show during Milan Fashion Week.

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Every well-curated wardrobe should have a pair of OTK boots. Invest in a pair of the season’s must-have animal print ones for serious power dressing.

Stuart Weitzman Mona

-50%

$448.00 $895.00

Stuart Weitzman

Mona

Delivery: International

Call It Spring Call It Spring by ALDO Ashely knee high boots in black

-20%

$80.00 $100.00

Call It Spring

Call It Spring by ALDO Ashely knee high boots in black

Delivery: International

Michael Kors Walker Leather Boot

$275.00

Michael Kors

Walker Leather Boot

Sold out

See By Chloé Neo Jines knee-high leather boots

$567.00

See By Chloé

Neo Jines knee-high leather boots

Sold out

Charles & Keith Snake Print Knee High Heeled Boots

$79.00

Charles & Keith

Snake Print Knee High Heeled Boots

Sold out

Stuart Weitzman Raissa

$750.00

Stuart Weitzman

Raissa

Sold out

Charles & Keith Concrete Heel Knee-High Boots

$89.00

Charles & Keith

Concrete Heel Knee-High Boots

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See By Chloé Helen leather knee-high boots

$550.00

See By Chloé

Helen leather knee-high boots

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9. Ankle boots

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Flat, heeled, studded, velvet… a girl can never have too many ankle boots. Here’s our pick of spring’s best styles, perfect for tricky transitional weather.

Camper sock high-top sneakers - Black

-40%

£87.00 £145.00

Camper

sock high-top sneakers - Black

Delivery: £15.00

Sartore Western ankle boots - Brown

-32%

£393.00 £580.00

Sartore

Western ankle boots - Brown

Delivery: £5.00

Tory Burch Miller ankle boots - Brown

-40%

£235.00 £391.00

Tory Burch

Miller ankle boots - Brown

Delivery: £5.00

Marsèll chunky heel suede ankle boots - Brown

-50%

£398.00 £795.00

Marsèll

chunky heel suede ankle boots - Brown

Delivery: £5.00

Marsèll ankle boots - Brown

-50%

£335.00 £670.00

Marsèll

ankle boots - Brown

Delivery: £5.00

Kurt Geiger Stefan chain-link ankle boots - Black

£199.00

Kurt Geiger

Stefan chain-link ankle boots - Black

Delivery: £5.00

Marsèll draped wedge ankle boots - Black

-70%

£243.00 £810.00

Marsèll

draped wedge ankle boots - Black

Delivery: £5.00

Marsèll Zucca Zeppa ankle boots - Brown

-25%

£491.00 £655.00

Marsèll

Zucca Zeppa ankle boots - Brown

Delivery: £5.00

10. Sneakers

Aylin Koenig wearing white Balenciaga sneakers in Hamburg, Germany. 

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Trainers aren’t just for the gym. Now a fashion editor-approved staple, sneakers should be one of the cornerstones of your footwear collection: we think a pair of clean white ones are essential. If you want to try out a fresh brand that isn’t Nike or Off-White, check out D.A.T.E. sneakers.

Unravel Suede-trimmed sneakers

-50%

$355.00 $710.00

Unravel

Suede-trimmed sneakers

Delivery: International

adidas RS Detroit Runner sneakers

-30%

$311.00 $445.00

adidas

RS Detroit Runner sneakers

Delivery: International

Stella McCartney Loop sneakers

$464.00

Stella McCartney

Loop sneakers

Delivery: International

Unravel Suede-trimmed sneakers

-50%

$355.00 $710.00

Unravel

Suede-trimmed sneakers

Delivery: International

Stella McCartney Loop sneakers

$464.00

Stella McCartney

Loop sneakers

Delivery: International

Acne Studios Steffey nubuck sneakers

$358.00

Acne Studios

Steffey nubuck sneakers

Delivery: International

Chloé Sonnie sneakers

$540.00

Chloé

Sonnie sneakers

Sold out

Acne Studios Steffey nubuck sneakers

$380.00

Acne Studios

Steffey nubuck sneakers

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