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Fashion Fridays: Shoes You Must Have in Your Closet

August 31, 2018

Over the last year, I’ve focused on rebuilding my shoe collection (most of my shoes are SO OLD, like pre-kids OLD!  My oldest is almost 8!  Yikes!!!).  Along the way, I realized that I needed a strategy and it proved to be quite useful.  So let me share my thoughts on shoes you MUST have in your closet as well as where to invest vs. splurge (~$200+) vs. save (~$150 or less)

Invest ($500+): IF you have the money, you can never go wrong with designer shoes in classic colors (e.g. black, red, blush/nude), classic styles (i.e. Pump, Strappy Sandals, Booties, Ballet Flat) and classic materials (i.e. leather, patent leather, calf hair).  Some of my favorite designers in this category (I don’t own any, I am too practical but they serve as great inspiration): Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Aquazurra and Giuseppe Zanotti

Splurge (~$250+): IF you know the shoe will be a staple in your wardrobe, meaning you will wear it frequently, it is worth the splurge!  Any color any style that is true to your style aesthetic and made with high quality materials are worth your hard earned dollars.  Some of my favorite designers in this category: Schutz, Kate Spade, Via Spiga, Frye and Tory Burch

Save (~$100 or less): IF being on-trend is important to you and you are uncertain about its longevity (e.g. PVC/vinyl) opt to save by buying on sale or shopping an affordable brand.  This is also a great way to add unique colors and patterns to your collection that you know you won’t wear often.  Some of my favorite designers in this category: Michael Kors, Jessica Simpson, Steve Madden and Vince Camuto

The Bottom Line: It all comes to down to your budget and style/brand preference. You might want a pair of Rainbow Pumps, you could opt to invest and spend $745 on Louboutins or save a spend $100 on Steve Maddens.  Maybe you want a warm neutral to your collection, you can opt for a splurge brand on sale like I did on Schutz or amp up your style with some embellished Kate Spade Pumps or check out these sexy Kate Spade strappy sandals (not pictured below)!  Or perhaps you want a steal of a deal (all finds are less than $60!!!) – not ready to give up on summer?  Check out the embellished flat sandals (available for full price here), or maybe you want to add a pop of color with some strappy sandals (available in additional colors but limited sizes here) or a pump.  Maybe you need to add some glitz and glam to your live with some sexy strappy sandals with a twist or glitter!

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Classic Black Pump!  SPLURGE!  You don’t want to cut corners here!  These  shoes can make or break your professional slay! But once you have your classic pump – splurge or invest in other variations to your heart’s content

Inspiration: Rockstud Spike Pump (Invest) and ‘So Kate’ Pointy Pump (Invest)

Classic: Waverly Pump (Splurge) and Nikole Pointy Toe Pump (Splurge)

Classic with a Twist:  Kaawa Pump  (Splurge)

Statement:  Awletas Pump (Splurge) and Piercey Polka Dot Pump (Save)


Leopard Print / Calf Hair! Does not matter how you do it!  Flats, Pumps, Sandals – any option you choose will instantly upgrade your look!  Here are my picks:

Pumps: Viviana Pump (invest), Posh II Pointy Pump (save)

Strappy Sandals: Clarita Ankle Tie Sandal (invest), Ismay Ankle Strap Sandal (Splurge)

Flats: Fearless Animal Print Ballet Flat (invest), Rodney Pointy Toe Genuine Calf Hair Flat  (save)

Sandals: Tribute Flat Slide Sandal (invest),

Booties! Fall will be here before we know it . . . booties are a wardrobe essential!  They are so versatile – depending on the style you select, they can be paired with just about anything.  Here are some of my favorite booties:

Studded Western Bootie ($220 – sale $138-161), Lila Pointy Toe Boot ($328), Jennifer Ankle Boot ($228 – sale $160)

Blaze Peep Toe Boot ($165 – suede on sale $73), Jessie Open-Toe Bootie ($199 – Sale $88) and Gladiator Bootie ($185 – sale $139)

Happy Shoppings Luvs – Z’Marie

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