7 Essential Shoe Styles to Upgrade Your Wardrobe

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By David

Finding new shoes is one of the best parts of going shopping. There are so many cute styles, patterns, and cuts – which means you’ve probably got a large selection of shoes in your closet. Regardless of how many shoes you already own, you always need more. Looking for a change? Try these essential shoe styles to improve your wardrobe.

Black Boots

Black ankle boots are an essential part of any wardrobe. They match just about anything you could pair them with, so it’s easy to mix and match them with a ton of different outfits and individual pieces. A black ankle boot with a comfortable heel is great for business-casual wear, jean days, and even skirts of any length!

Choose a faux leather or suede boot with a heel you’re comfortable wearing! You can easily dress up just about any outfit.

White Sneakers

White sneakers are the new universal casual shoe. They are another staple that works well with just about anything in your wardrobe. Instead of dressing your outfits up (like the black ankle boot does), a pair of white sneakers can make any outfit a little more casual.

You can wear them year-round with a variety of different outfits and pieces. They are so incredibly versatile that you won’t want to wear anything else!


Slides have been really popular in recent years, and for good reason. You can slip them on to top off any casual outfit. In the warmer months, these can replace your flip-flops for a classier barefoot look. With a neutral slide, you won’t have to worry too much about your outfit – they’re chic, cute, and go with anything.

The great part? There are so many different slide styles to choose from due to their recent popularity. You can make the most of your wardrobe by selecting just a few different slides.

Neutral Heels

Sometimes, you want to go all out with colors and patterns. Other times, having a neutral heel can help you put together an outfit with just the right touches. If you don’t own a pair of neutral heels (in brown or black, preferably), this is your sign to go out and buy some.

A pair of neutral heels can help you stand out at more formal occasions, or those last-minute interviews where your bright pink slingbacks don’t cut it. Having these on hand can make your life a whole lot easier!

Ankle Boots

Ankle boots, or booties, deserve a place in your closet. You can choose to go with a universal black pair (as we talked about above), or you can mix it up with ankle boots in different colors, prints, and patterns. Choose a few different pairs that you can match with a variety of different pieces in your wardrobe.

The ankle boot is a powerful fashion statement – they are always appropriate, whether you’re going to the grocery store or an event. Try a statement bootie to really top off a neutral outfit. They can add an extra layer of polish that makes your look seem effortless.

Strappy Sandals

Sometimes, heels are too much and sneakers aren’t quite enough. These in-between moments, at least in the warmer months, call for strappy sandals. You can get strappy sandals in a flat or heeled version – or both, so you have plenty of options! Like most of the shoes on our list, they can go with anything. Get a brightly-colored pair or an eye-catching rhinestone version to add a pop of style to even your most casual outfits.

Knee-High Boots

Thigh-high boots can be great for the warmer months, but knee-high boots are great year-round.  Knee-high styles in recent years are flashy, bright, and eye-catching. They might have rhinestones, metallic, or bold animal patterns. However you choose to get your knee-highs, there are plenty of ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe.


Many shoe styles come and go, but these seven options are going to be around a while. They can help elevate your favorite looks, improve your wardrobe, and help you step out in style. But you don’t have to stop there! These styles and more timeless classics are available at Shop Style Shark. Get a head start on building the perfect eye-catching shoe collection!