For all the shoe-aholics, THIS POST IS FOR YOU!
Footwear is arguably the most functional and necessary parts of a wardrobe and in an attempt to control my own personal footwear addiction, I am reminded of a simplistic quote by the one and only Marilyn Monroe, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world”. YES LADIES, you read that correctly, all we need are the RIGHT shoes to conquer.
You don’t need a million pairs of shoes (even though we’d love to have them all ;). All you need is the few perfect pairs that go with at least more than 3 outfits. TSL has a wide variety of AMAZING shoes! There is something for everyone - even a bit for the fellas with a selection of Dr. Martens ;) - you’re welcome!
Perhaps second to diamonds, shoes really are a woman’s best friend <3. Each season brings numerous options and styles. Whatever the trend may be, but classics never go out of fashion. It’s hard not to accumulate a collection of your favourites in every colour. However, if you’re trying the minimalist route in your shoe’drobe, remember that less is certainly more… JOKES! Sometimes more is just more :) - ANYWAY, we digress, here is a simple guide featuring TSL’s ten MUST HAVE shoes for every season.
THE BEST SHOES FOR EVERY SEASON
A lot goes into the selection of a good pair of shoes. First thing’s first, design. What drew you to the shoe? What about the shoe matches your personality? Maybe you are changing your style and need the perfect twins on your feet to complete the look. Secondly, fit. If the shoe fits, WEAR IT. ‘Nough said. See, easy.
Let’s not leave behind the reality of seasonal changes. Maybe you live in parts of the world that are like the Western Cape where the weather does not change according to the time of the year or month, but rather the time of day (let’s all laugh at that together, haha). Soooo, you’ve got to have thee right shoes that can take you from good sunlight to chilly autumn without the need to change your entire outfit... but that’s another topic on its own.
Key words; comfort, quality and practicality.
If you have to break the bank, just remember that your pocket will thank you in the long run ^^,)
1. Everyday ankle bootie
A forever fave! Ankle boots are an absolute MUST - whether you’re a plain Jane or want to dress up a little without having to wear high heels, ankle boots are a definite. AND the best thing about ankle boots is that they can be worn in every season! Pair these booties up with a summer dress, skinny jeans and an oversized jersey - going from summer to winter and there you go - simple switch up!
2. Out on the town boots
Want to up the wow factor of your boot-look? Slip on a pair of these fancy ‘out on the town boots’. Ankle, mid-calf, knee-high, animal print, velvet, the works! Just like the everyday bootie you can pair these babies up with just about anything. A personal touch of colour always does the job, right?
3. Ballet flats
They’re demure, comfortable and come in every material imaginable. It’s an everyday shoe you can slip on to dress up or down, whether you’re getting essentials or dressing up for that Skype meeting or prepping a fresh meal - getting them ready for when we finally step outside again. Ballet flats are more practical in Autumn, Spring and Summer and if you don’t live in a wet part of the country, in Winter, they could work for you too :).
4. Flats with a little heel
Just like ballet pumps, Flats with a little heel do exactly the same thing. Except it gives you a little height, which sometimes, you need. Allow us to introduce you to low-heeled shoes: Footwear for the girl that doesn't want to commit to stilettos but still wants a boost. These chic, yet sensible shoes are a great compromise for most women, especially those on their feet all day long.
5. Open/Closed toe pumps
Open/Closed toe pumps are like a little black dress – every woman should own at least one pair. They are the stylish workhorses of footwear. A classic open/closed toe pump can elevate your look into something casual like hanging out with the girls or an evening out with your man. They provide comfort and style in one go.
Gone are the days when athletic footwear was nothing but plain, styleless shoes or something that was designed for sports only or with just men in mind. The athleisure trend has put athletic shoes at the forefront of design houses and the results have been amazing! They go with EVERYTHING, no matter the season and they save you from a lot of thinking.
7. Statement shoes
Shoes can make or break any outfit. A statement shoe is a MUST-HAVE. An eye-catching pair of shoes can pull your entire outfit together. The key to a great statement shoe is in the cut, the material and the colour. What makes them classic statements is that they last season after season and the details make them unique. Even if it’s just a plain black pump there has to be something about it, whether it’s just a beautiful heel, great material or design. Just something of an eye-catcher!
The transition to warmer weather brings the need for a pair of solid summer sandals, even if we don’t know exactly what this season has in store. While we may be putting our favourite heels on hold (boy don’t we miss them!?). There are plenty of flat and comfortable styles that are as stylish as they are practical. Be it a tourist-inspired sandal for those long solitary walks, a flip flop to accompany your backyard swim look, a cosy slide or even a closed-toe caged sandal for those pedicures that need redemption (lol). The best summer sandals are suited for every “socially distanced summer” occasion.
9. Knee high boot
With winter coming up, knee high boots are, without a doubt, essential services for our beloved legs and feet. They’re classic, feminine, sexy and have lots of styling mileage. Cute in a coat with tucked jeans for the winter and playful in something of a printed midi dress for the summer.
10. Slip ons
When summer decides to come back again and we’re hopefully back to enjoying the outdoors, all motivated to adjust our wardrobes right down to our shoes, we suggest a great pair of slip-ons! Think Rachel from Friends, channel that 90’s energy that has been back for sometime now.
One step up from your house slippers, slip on shoes, like our Jeffrey Campbell collection, are made for comfort and style (yes, in this exact order). As comfortable as house slippers, but trendy enough to be approved by the streets - no questions asked. They are perfect for walking, traveling or just going to the beach shoe. We can't imagine life without this go-to footwear.
Whatever styles you decide to choose, be sure to have fun with them and remember that TSL has loads of styles to choose from and there’s always something for someone.
In closing, we thank you and you are welcome :) <3