My Year-Round Shoe Collection

Hello and welcome back to another blog post! This time I want to share my year-round shoe collection with you. I’ll start by letting you know that shoes have never really been ‘my thing’. While I’ve always been passionate about expressing myself through my style, I’ve tended to been more focused on (and let’s be honest, addicted to) the clothing pieces themselves, and have never been one to collect a lot of accessories. So when I started getting more into minimalism and clearing out my closet, I started with my shoes because I didn’t have a huge collection to go through and it was an easy starting point. Now, I’ve got my shoe closet pared down to a core set of essentials, as well as a few other pairs which round it out nicely. This has created the perfect collection of just ten pairs that can create a wide variety of looks and carry me through all the seasons of the year. Let’s get started!

The Essentials

First, there are five pairs of shoes that I consider my essentials – these are the basics that I have built my collection around. If I really wanted to challenge myself, I could theoretically just have these five pairs in my closet and that would really be all that I need. They work for a mix of seasons and occasions, from spring to winter and weekends to the office. (I should note that I’m not including athletic or specialty footwear, like runners, hiking boots, or rubber rain boots). If you’re looking to do something similar with your shoe closet, these are the five pairs that I would definitely recommend you have at the core.

I could theoretically just have these five pairs in my closet and that would really be all that I need.

1. Chelsea boots

For everyday in the cold and rainy season. I’ve opted for a simple black chelsea boot which I purchased from Aldo (similar here). You can really find these anywhere (my splurge option would be the Acne Jensen booties which I have had my eye on for a while!) Definitely go for quality as these will need to last you through any rain, snow, etc.

2. Sneakers

For everyday in any season. I love, love, LOVE my white Converse sneakers. They’ve been with me forever and I never get tired of them. But really, you just need something comfortable that you can wear every day.

3. Flats

For everyday in warmer seasons. A good pair of flats is a must in my books. I’m pretty tall (5’9″) and I don’t really enjoy wearing heels anyway – comfort has always been more important to me. These black leather flats are from Zara (similar here) and I love that they are minimalist and yet still interesting. For your own closet, feel free to choose any type of flat (ballet, pointed, etc.) but make sure to stick to a neutral colour. Everlane has some really great options for basic flats if you’re looking for a pair.

4. Heels

For the office, evenings and formal events. This is actually one pair that I’m still looking to add to my collection – I haven’t found the perfect pair just yet. I have a lot of black shoes so I’m thinking I will opt for a simple nude or grey pump. I love the ones I’ve shown here which are from Zara. Although, if I was going to splurge, I have to say I’ve had my eyes on the Valentino Rockstud pumps for a long time now!

5. Sandals

For weekends in warmer seasons and vacations. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen me wearing my black Birkenstock Arizona sandals in a lot of my outfit posts. But I get that these aren’t for everyone! I personally like the style, and I love them because they’re comfortable and durable, so they’re perfect to take on any sort of trip or wear for a full day. Other options would be simple flip flops, gladiator sandals, etc.

The Non-Essentials

This is where I’d recommend that you branch out from the basics and select some more fun pairs that really speak to you and show off your personal style.

As I mentioned, I do have a couple of other non-essential pairs that are more trend-driven and more specific to certain seasons or occasions. These pairs round out my collection nicely and really personalize it for me. This is where I’d recommend that you branch out from the basics and select some more fun pairs that really speak to you and show off your personal style. The five I’ve chosen are:

1. Heeled booties

For the office or evenings in the cold and rainy season. Another black bootie – but, I think these are different enough from my chelsea booties since they have a bit of a heel and they have a pointed instead of round toe. They are a bit fancier so they’re perfect for the office when it’s colder, or paired with a blazer and skinny jeans for Saturday date night. Mine are from Aldo (similar here).

2. Espadrilles

For everyday in warmer seasons and vacations. I splurged on this pair of Loeffler Randall espadrilles a few years ago, and I’m still in love. They’re so versatile and can create a lot of looks, and are one of my go-to shoes in the spring and summer months.

3. Heeled Sandals

For evenings in warmer seasons. This is my most recent addition – I purchased them for a summer wedding, because I didn’t really have anything else in my closet that was appropriate. But I think they can be worn for much more than just special occasions – they go well with a pair of boyfriend jeans or just a simple summer dress. This pair is from Aldo and they are still available!

4. Wedge sneakers

For everyday in any season. These are by far my trendiest pair, but I love them so much! They are the Sol Sana Tabbie Loafers (available here). I like to pair them with a pair of skinny jeans on the weekends, but I’ve also worn them with tailored pants to work. These are really just my own personal style, and I think it’s important to make room in your shoe closet for one or two pairs that really speak to you and let you express yourself.

5. Ankle-strap heels

For the office and formal events. Last but not least, I have a pair of black ankle-strap heels that I purchased from Joe Fresh a few years ago (similar here). Some might consider these a basic, and I think you could include them as your heel option in your five essentials. My only issue with that is that they’re open toe, so wouldn’t work in colder or rainier seasons. Also I don’t find these as comfortable as a classic pointed-toe pump, so I don’t get as much wear out of these as my other pairs. That said, I love the way they look and for a more formal event I’ll pull these out so I can feel fancy!

Combined with the essentials, I have everything I need to take me from spring through winter and achieve a variety of looks.

As you can see, the non-essentials are a little less practical, a little more interesting, but still very versatile. Combined with the essentials, I have everything I need to take me from spring through winter and achieve a variety of looks.

So that’s it for my year-round shoe collection. I hope this has left you feeling inspired on how to create your own perfect shoe closet! Of course, you can make your collection totally your own, especially when it comes to the non-essentials. Just make sure you’re including a variety of options for different weather and occasions to make sure you get the most out of your collection. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for daily outfit posts! And, if you’d like to suggest a topic for a future blog post, please drop me a line in the comments below 🙂

Until next time!

xx Emily

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