If you take pleasure in putting a look together but always feel indecisive about your shoes, it might just be that you're lacking the perfect styles to finish your outfit off. What's so great about current trends is that even "ugly" trainers look on point with floral dresses, and flats are deemed acceptable anywhere. But the lack of "fashion rules" means it's easy to end up buying the same few styles on repeat. So while we're not suggesting that you have to buy three of each of the styles listed below, a couple new additions just might break you out of that outfit rut. Keep scrolling fabulous footwear inspo, no matter your taste.
Style Notes: Backless mules have become effortless shorthand for easy elegance. They're summery without being too sandal-like. Mules are glamorous with none of the overstatement of strappy sandals, and you could easily wear a mid-heel pair everyday of the week.
This is a slightly darker take on powder blue. These will work year-round.
Wear-Anywhere Backless Flats
Style Notes: We blame Gucci. Ever since the brand debuted its Princetown loafers, slipper-style mules have become one of the most desired shapes. Not that we mind: On days when you don't want your toes on show in thongs but need something fashion-forward, backless flats are the way to go.
Dare we say Aquazzura makes the best flats?
Charming Mary Janes
Style Notes: If there's a shoe style that makes us nostalgic for childhood, it's Mary Janes. However, these ankle-strap shoes do have a place in the grown-up world. These practical yet always playful shoes look great with trousers or straight-leg styles.
Like a modern-day version of Dorothy's ruby-red slippers.
Surprisingly Sexy Kitten Heels
Style Notes: Kitten heels have enjoyed a comeback, and our favourite street style mavens provide ample inspiration for how to style them with plenty of edge. Bettina Looney sports hers with baggy slim-leg trousers and a vinyl coat for a look that's totally on trend.
These are timeless and elegant.
Chunky Midi Heels
Style Notes: In between kitten and sky-high heels are midi heels. Frankly, we'd be lost without them. They add height and make everyone look that much more put-together.
New Look's footwear is revered for being affordable, stylish and comfortable.
Style Notes: Wedges are divisive, but everyone can agree on how comfortable they are. They're no longer just the reserve of a sun-soaked holiday. Katherine Ormerod shows how you can make yours city-appropriate by adding frayed denim and a peasant-inspired blouse.
These will see you though many years to come.
Perennially Chic Loafers
Style Notes: Before Gucci's horsebit-detail loafers came back into the fold, we were sporting suede tassled styles. Nothing beats a black leather pair. From topping off workwear to flirty dresses, these loafers are the ultimate transitional shoes.
If you're going for Gucci, make it this bee-and-star–embroidered pair. These are sure to stand out.
Style Notes: Nothing elevates a look (quite literally) like a pair of towering heels. To help prove they're not just part of a night-out uniform, swap your trainers for a pair of heels once a week.
Satin sandals in jewel tones are always a winner.
Style Notes: Heeled pumps never date. If you're concerned about their power-dressing connotations or feel like they're just not very "you," seek out a pair that best reflects your style (think embellishments or a pop of colour), and wear them with your signature bottoms for a fresh twist.
If possible, always invest in good-quality shoes that will last for years to come.
Style Notes: Traditional derby shoes and brogues are a chic alternative to loafers and will imbue your look with an effortlessly polished feel.
These look great with tailored separates.