Fashion designers, models and well-dressed women everywhere agree: Shoes can make or break an outfit. The right pair of shoes can help an inexpensive ensemble shine; conversely, shabby footwear can ruin a perfectly styled wardrobe. In addition to completing any look, good quality shoes have the advantages of lasting longer and generally being kind to your feet.
A great shoe collection does not have to be excessively expensive. Some clever buys and some good quality pairs of the right kind of shoes should cover you for any situation. Additionally, your collection doesn’t have to be huge: shoes that keep their shape, won’t fall apart and can be resoled are a great investment. Remember to look after your shoes and give them a good polish now and again.
Whether it’s a classic pump to wear with a work outfit, heeled ankle boots with skinny jeans or spiky heels to add the finishing touch to a stunning evening outfit, different shoes work with different outfits for different occasions. No shoe collection is complete without a great pair of sandals for the summer, some comfortable yet smart pumps for work, and a classic pair of boots that work well with most outfits.
Sneakers would seem a little out-of-place in the stylish shoe collection, but there is no doubt: sneakers are fashionable, especially in the fall and spring. When the weather gets colder, comfort kicks in, and sneakers bridge the gap between easy, comfortable footwear and bold fashion statement. The current season’s sneaker designs are super trendy, and sporty shoes are taking a walk out of the gym and onto the catwalk, where they’ve been spotted in combination with skinny jeans, frilly miniskirts and even sophisticated evening wear as this season’s mix of glamour and function.
Designer sneakers and fashionable trainers
The concealed wedge suede sneakers are a great example of a recent fashion trend that combines chic and sporty elements. A number of high-fashion names have recently brought out their own version of this new classic (from Isabel Marant to Nike), which is supportive and comfortable as well as fashionable, able to look just as good with a pair of skinny jeans as they do matched with a mini dress and black tights.
Other designer sneakers include Stella McCartney’s line for Adidas and Saint Laurent’s leather-trimmed high tops. The brand synonymous with sneakers, however, will always be Converse: the company that started it all have recently brought out a leather edition that’s built to last.
Always invest in a good pair and you can save money – and space – because you will not be buying endless pairs of cheap, poor quality shoes, which not only fall apart quicker but can also put extra stress on your feet if they are not cushioned in the right areas. Cushioned comfort sneakers such as the Rycore Brand range are high on comfort, quality and style.
Finally, don’t be afraid to wear sneakers in different combinations, be it the sporty chic style or in complete contrast to a sophisticated outfit. For a preppy look, wear sneakers with black tights, short skirts and button-downs to go easy on your feet while still making a fashion statement.