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Shoes, glorious shoes! They can be the finishing touch on a fashionable outfit, athletic performance enhancement or just protection for your precious toes. You don't need to be Imelda Marcos to be a footwear fashionista. All you really need in your closet is five great pairs:
The perfect pair of pumps : With heels high enough to flatter your foot and make your legs look longer, but not so high that you stumble while walking, a good pair of pumps is a must. You don't need to drop a wad on Manolos or Jimmy Choos, but make sure to invest in a well-made pair with simple yet elegant styling. You want something that's professional enough for a job interview or business meetings, and yet will effortlessly glide into an evening out. While you can't go wrong with basic black, a pair of red pumps will add a pop of color to any outfit. Or choose nude pumps which not only are the current style trend, but go with anything!
A pair of practical flats : Sometimes teetering around on heels isn't a good idea. Running errands, sightseeing or a lot of time spent standing begs for a smart alternative to pumps. Smart, however, doesn't have to mean unattractive. Whether it's a cute pair of Mary Janes or dainty ballet slippers, flats can look good as well as feel good!
Casual kicks : Sneakers, tennis shoes, cross-trainers: whatever you call 'em, this All-American footwear is a staple for a casual Saturday. Lace-up or slip-on, canvas or leather, lo-top or hi-top, Keds, Converse or Vans, these must-have shoes come in such a wide assortment of colors and styles that you could find a pair to match almost any outfit. Invest in a pair of white canvas and you have the added bonus of being able to toss them in the washer when they get dirty.
Some boss boots : Nancy Sinatra's were made for walkin', but the pair you choose should reflect your fashion sense and lifestyle. Keep it warm with a pair of cozy Uggs, unleash your inner cowgirl with a pair of Frye boots, go utilitarian with some Doc Martens or class it up with a pair of stiletto heeled designer boots. For the ultimate versatility, I recommend a cognac-colored pair in a mid-heeled equestrian style.
A pair of sassy sandals : Expose your toes and let them breathe! Come summer, nothing beats a pair of sandals, thongs or flip-flops for keeping you cool. Although white sandals are perfectly legitimate between Memorial and Labor Day, I'd suggest a simple style in a bronze metallic to offer the optimum fashionable functionality.
There you have it: the five essential pairs of shoes every girl's closet should contain.