A Minimal Shoe Wardrobe: The Only 5 Pairs You Actually Need

The dream is to have a closet dedicated to shoes Carrie Bradshaw–style, right? Trust us—we get it—but to be honest, it's totally unnecessary. There's no reason to live with so much excess, especially when you really only need five specific shoes to get through life. That's right: It's often best to cut through the clutter and have a minimal wardrobe of pieces you love and work with everything in your closet.

Below, we're highlighting the essential shoes required to build the perfect wardrobe, and don't worry. These select steppers will go with every single thing in your fashion arsenal. Keep scrolling to see what made the list and shop inspired finds.

Black Pumps

It's impossible to get through life without black pumps. They're that special silhouette that will go with literally everything—whether that's jeans and a tee or your power suit for work.

White Sneakers

Everyone needs comfy sneakers to kick back on the weekends or wear on casual Friday. We're partial to clean white sneakers because, while casual, they can have a semi-sophisticated/dressy vibe when paired with more-polished separates.

Heeled Sandals

If you're going somewhere more formal but don't want to wear your go-to black pumps, sleek heeled sandals are key. A pair in a neutral shade will work with whatever.

Ankle Boots

Imagine getting through the colder months without proper booties. It just wouldn't work. That's why a sleek pair is crucial to anyone's wardrobe. The best part? The same style you wore all fall and winter totally works for spring and summer, too, if you wear it with skirts or shorts.

Flat Sandals

If sneakers won't cut it on a particular day (hello, humidity!), you need a pair of easy sandals to slip on and run around town in on the weekend or between meetings during the workweek.