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Build a Better Wardrobe: 5 Must-Have Shoes

A few years ago, I created the Build a Better Wardrobe Series because I wanted to simplify my wardrobe, own versatile items that I actually wear and make it easier to get ready… and I bet you feel the same way if you’re reading this!

Here are the other posts in the Build a Better Wardrobe series:

I update these posts regularly so items are in stock and as styles evolve. My goal is always to be intentional about purchases since I want clothes that will last me a long time. And I always buy quality over quantity, especially when it comes to basics since those are things I’ll wear for years.

Today I’m sharing five must-have shoes for your closet. And yes, I have a LOT more than five pairs of shoes in my closet (heck, I have more than five pairs of running shoes alone), but these are five shoes that will make it easier to get dressed and feel cute. Yes, sparkling heeled sandals are fun and strappy lace-up sandals have their moments, but those trends tend to come and go. So, if you’re investing in shoes that will last for years and make it easier to get dressed, prioritize getting these five pairs. (But let’s not talk about when you get pregnant and your shoe size changes!!)

5 Must-Have Shoes

1. Classic Loafers

My white button down is such a great summer classic. #LTKstyletip#LTKunder50#LTKSeasonal

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Favorite distressed jeans ever from Abercrombie and under $100. #LTKunder100#LTKshoecrush#LTKstyletip

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Abercrombie patterned puff sleeve crop top #LTKstyletip #LTKunder50 #LTKSeasonal

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Sam Edelman loafers - 5 Must-Have Shoes

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I bought a pair of Sam Edelman loafers a few years ago when I was still in Corporate America and am now on my second pair since I wore them into the ground. They look great with work pants, but they also pair perfectly with casual dresses, white jeans, skinny jeans, not-skinny jeans, shorts, and even look cute with golf clothes. (I also wear them to the course before I change into my golf shoes.) I love love love these! And, they’re so comfortable right out of the box.

2. Everyday White Sneakers 

White jean shorts, a tan t-shirt and white sneakers #LTKSeasonal #LTKunder100 #LTKsalealert

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I’m a HUGE AGOLDE jean shorts gal. #LTKsalealert #LTKstyletip #LTKSeasonal

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My favorite running shorts from the Nordstrom sale! 5 Must-Have Shoes

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5 Must-Have Shoes - white sneakers

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5 Must-Have Shoes | Agolde denim shorts, perfect white tank, Vejas sneakers #LTKSeasonal #LTKshoecrush

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Vega campos sneakers | 5 Must-Have Shoes

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Another must-have in your closet is a pair of everyday sneakers. In fact, I prefer white since they go with everything. White sneakers are cute with jeans and shorts, of course, but I also think they’re super cute with dresses. I have three favorites. I love Vejas as a dressier option for sneakers, On Clouds for more casual outfits, and I also love these Madewell trainers for both styles!

3. Classic Nude Pump

Classic Nude Pumps | 5 Must-Have ShoesPumps

Every woman needs a good pair of nude heels in their closet. They are SO versatile and it’s worth investing in a pair you love that you can wear for years. I got my dream pair of nude pumps for my wedding shoes, and they make me so happy every time I wear them. Plus, they’re incredibly flattering! I also love this more affordable pair that I wore when I was working in finance. It’s a more comfortable height and a more forgiving toe box – I had probably six pairs of these over the years, in multiple colors. But, prioritize a nude pair first.

4. Comfortable Flat Sandal 

Long jean shorts, puff sleeve top, leather slide sandals

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Best flat sandals

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My smocked peplum top is by Willa Story

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Toddler travel essentials!

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Sure flip flops and  Birkenstocks are comfortable but I never feel put together when I wear them! In fact, my favorite sandals  — that are just as comfortable! — are these. They fit a slightly wider foot and they’re also great quality while still being affordable! There are so many flat sandals that look cute and are comfy so don’t settle here!

Here are a few of my other favorite flat sandals:

5. Heeled Sandal 

I snagged this summer dress at my favorite local boutique (Rebecca and Co if you’re in WS) #LTKstyletip #LTKshoecrush #LTKSeasonal

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FRAME wide leg jeans

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I love a white jeans and wedges moment! 5 Must-Have Shoes

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My favorite mango colored smocked top paired with my favorite short denim skirt!

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Truly so obsessed with his platform sandals!

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I actually LOVE heels. I know that not everyone agrees, but I’m petite and heels always make me feel more put together. A good classic heeled sandal is great for almost every occasion – date night, work, weddings, you name it. In fact, these Seychelle sandals have been my go-tos all summer. The platform makes them so easy to wear all day. And also when I’m headed out for dinner, I almost always opt for these over flat sandals. So if you prefer something simpler, I have and love these!

I hope you’re enjoying this series and feeling a little more intentional with your wardrobe purchases! You can also see more of my daily looks, heart favorites and getting notifications of sales by following me in the LikeToKnow.it app!

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