Today I’m sharing my fashionista footwear must haves taken directly from my book, The Everyday Supermodel. While most women have a bit of a Carrie Bradshaw / Imelda Marcos mentality when it comes to foot fashion, the truth is … more is not always more! We’ve identified the seven (maybe eight) shoe styles that will get you through any event in style. If you have these, you have everything! Thank you Re-Stylists for keeping me on top of my shoe game.
These are non-negotiable. You must own a classic pair that can be worn winter, spring, summer and fall. When choosing a nude, choose a shade that complements your skin tone and extends your leg (that is truly different for everyone). Nothing lengthens the leg like a nude heel! Pointy or flat? The Re-Stylists and I thought long and hard about this. The verdict? When investing in a heel you’ll have forever, always go with a classic point. It stands the test of time…and elongates the gams, ladies.
Looooooove Lanvin ballet flats. I could go broke collecting them. They are comfortable, stylish and feminine. I’ve had mine for six years and have had them resoled three times. And for the heel avers, they can be paired with a dressy look. Even more… you can slip ‘em in a tote for on-the-go comfort or chase after toddlers wearing them and still look fabulous! There are several grat brands out there. D’Orsay flats are comfortable, stylish and versatile too, and even more flattering for those with shorter legs.
Tall Black Boots:
Now if you live in the tropics, maybe you can skip these, but for everyone else- pay attention! Invest in quality leather or leather look-alike (It shouldn’t look like plastic). Go with a classic heel that isn’t too high. If you tend to be more casual, you can go with a sleek riding boot with a round toe, and box heel. If you have more nights out than in, buy a foxier pair with a narrow heel and pointy toe.
Neutral Casual Bootie/Ankle Boot:
Isabel Marant makes the best sued ones, but Rag and Bone’s are great too, and good knockoffs abound (think Aldo and Steve Madden). Buy them in any neutral color and pair them with almost everything. Skinny jeans, short-shorts, floral dresses or leggings and a chunky knit. Wear them with bare legs, tall socks or tights. Dressy versions work too if that’s more up your alley. You can’t go wrong with this style.
You all have these, but do you have the right ones? This is a hands-down investment piece… So let’s talk. If you choose to smartly invest in these, and maybe even splurge on a designer pair, how do you know which pair to purchase? Which will stand the test of time? Here’s our advice: Again, pointy toe-not round. A heel with a platform is fine, but choose a design with a hidden platform. Go with leather-not patent leather or suede-and select a feminine, narrow heel(not chunky) at whatever heel height you are most comfortable in.
My weekend wear is all about the motorcycle boot. I’ll wear moto boots with a casual dress or a white tee and boyfriend jeans. The longer you have the boots, the better they look. If yours look brand-new, scuff them up a bit. A little Harley-Davidson on your heel is hot and supermodel cool. Vrooom, Vrooooom!!
Preferably a flat, but a small kitten heel also works if you like height. Nude will go with everything, black is a close second. A modern, leather, strappy something with a touch of glamour (think a simple jeweled or metal detail) will take you far. The right sandal can be dressed up or down and will pair perfectly with a casual tee or a dress at a spring wedding.
#SupermodelSecret: The Statement Shoe
This is possibly #8 on the Core Shoes list. Every woman should have a shoe that steals the show. You wear it with something extremely simple. It makes the outfit and gives you the everyday supermodel edge. Think a bright red pump, studded high heel, something with embellishment, diamonds, or fringe. It’s a shoe that says and does it all so you don’t have to do anything else. Fashion truth-be-told: It’s so easy, it’s almost cheating. Busy babes: pay attention. The statement shoe is a guaranteed way to look stylish without doing a damn thing. Prepare to be complimented.
Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.