When people walk into my bedroom their first reaction always seems to be “you have so many shoes!” It is true, I have a major shoe addiction and my collection takes up more space in my room than my furniture (a fact I’m completely okay with). My collection runs from worn-down leopard ballet flats to pristine Dior stilettos to Old Navy dessert wedges. Some I wear once a year, some  I wear every other day. There are irrefutably a few pairs that are wardrobe staples that I think every woman should own. For each one I would recommend sticking with the classic stiletto shape , closed toe, and standard 3.5″ heel. These will be classic anchor pieces for your shoe collection and will be appropriate no matter the current trends.

1Black. This is a no brainer. Every woman needs a pair of black heels that they can turn to to make them feel like a million bucks. Whether you choose a flat black or a patent finish is simply a personal preference as both will work on most occasions. I personally live in my Cole Haan Air Talia pumps. They may be a little pricey for some but definitely worth the investment as the Nike technology they incorporate really make a difference (and if you do a little digging you can usually find them on sale)

2Brown. Another no brainer, a great brown shoe is just as necessary as a black shoe. There are a lot of variations with browns and exactly which shade will depend a lot on your personal preference. I tend to gravitate towards cognacs and dark tans but I have found myself wishing for a chocolate pair on more than one occasion.

3Nude/Beige. Nude heels have gained a lot of popularity over the last couple years. They lengthen bare legs and add a great contrast to an all black/dark outfit. For this particular color I would recommend a patent finish over a flat finish as they tend to look more polished (and don’t dirty as easily).

4Statement Color. You should have at least one pair of shoes that will add a great pop of color to any outfit. Your options are really endless depending on your personal taste and style. If you have more classic taste then go with a lipstick red (not a stripper red, which would be super bright, almost neon).  Other good colors include magenta, cobalt, and mustard. My personal “pop” shoes are teal satin Nine West platforms.

5Animal Print. I know that animal prints can be very polarizing for some people, you either love them or hate them. I personally love them and wear them frequently. If you’re on the fence or not the biggest fan of animal prints then one of the best ways to work them into your wardrobe is on your feet. I prefer snakeskin and giraffe over the expected leopard but appropriate options can be found in all patterns.