This story is updated in January 2019.
Most girls dream of having a walk-in closet filled with rows and rows of shoes neatly lined up by colour, kind, and with a special almirah dedicated to the eccentrics. But this Mariah Carey-like closet remains a distant fantasy because of budget constraints and of course the space it might all occupy. Besides, we get bored of our shoes and love to update them from time to time. But at the end of the line, there are certain types of shoes every girl should have to ensure the perfect shoe-outfit pairing. From wardrobe essentials that every woman must own to the top shoe trends we saw in 2017, this is the only list you need to score your footwear game!
This is pretty much the one item that actually puts it at the top of the shoe handbook! Be it a patent one or a textured one, you need to get yourself one of these. You can work around with the heel height according to your comfort, but tall pumps work like magic! These sculpted black pumps with the slight cut out give the classic heels a great twist!
POPxo Recommends: ALDO Black Solid Leather Pumps for Rs 4,799. Buy it here
A pair of ballet flats is a must-have! Get them in whatever colour you like, but a black, beige or nude pair is always the best option. They go well with jeans, skirt and all kind of pants. Because they are ladylike, they are your go-to shoes! Flats make them comfortable and the shape perfectly defines your feet. This one here is a blush coloured ballet with a bow tie detail and it’s quite adorable, we think!
POPxo Recommends: GEOX Respira Beige Patent Leather Ballerinas for Rs 3,899. Buy it here
These ones are like your track pants that you want to reach out for when you need that comfort! Instead of making it boring, get these printed sneakers and you are going to look stylish but with an undertone of being laid back! These embroidered shoes are so happy, we definitely want to get a few of these! You can also opt for one with laces and tie-ups!
POPxo Recommends: MANGO Floral Embroidered Peach-Coloured Sneakers for Rs 5,190. Buy it here
Wedges are a girl’s best friend in the heels spectrum! It’s almost like wearing flats but with increased height! These sandals look nice with dresses and sarees and lehengas and pants. Actually almost everything. Having a chic of wedges will you help you add dimension to your shoe closet.
POPxo Recommends: Next Silver-Toned Solid Wedges for Rs 3,672. Buy it here
Nude shoes are universally slimming and a favourite amongst celebrities because it merges with your skin tone and makes your feet and legs look slimmer! This pair of heels that is half covered will contour your feet to look sleek. Nude peep-toes, pumps or ballet flats are good choices.
POPxo Recommends: Koovs Velvet Nude Sandals for Rs 2,899. Buy it here
Something for the parties, something for your Indian outfits. This pair of metallic stilettos is everything that you need to get ready for that social event! Animal printed heels, pop coloured heels, metallic shoes - these are some of the options you have! Experiment with something that goes well with your style and let the shoes do all the talking!
POPxo Recommends: DOROTHY PERKINS Gold-Toned Solid Sandals for Rs 3,590. Buy it here
Ankle length boots go well with pants, dresses and a whole lot of other stuff. These are not just for winters; you can wear them all year round to give your outfit that stylish edge! You should invest in a pair of tall boots once you’ve got the right ankle boots!
POPxo Recommends: DressBerry Solid Mid-Top Boots for Rs 3,009. Buy it here
Every girl needs a pair of smart formal shoes to wear with pants, or to make her denims look more work-appropriate! Get oxfords, monk straps, loafers or brogues, but you should definitely have one of these. They are so trendy and, trust us, you can wear this with a dress and a flouncy skirt and still look sharp!
POPxo Recommends: The Label Life Black Patent Brogues for Rs 2,093. Buy it here
Thong sandals are a complete must for every girl. They are your everyday wear option! Forget one or two - we all have a stock of these! This one here is super smart strappy snakeskin flat. It’s very versatile as it can be matched with both your ethnic and Western outfits!
POPxo Recommends: Steve Madden Snakeskin Open-Toed Flats for Rs 4,499. Buy it here
Comfortable, cool and super chic, mules are perfect for every woman - be it for office, casual outings or parties. They are available in different styles and designs to suit every purpose. From flats to heels to even sporty styles, you can get them in so many different types of designs. The best part is, they’re super versatile and comfy!
POPxo Recommends: Koovs Lurex Mules for Rs 2,595. Buy it here
The hottest entry to the casually cool club this year has been super cool slides. They are comfy, colourful and super cute. Not to miss the embellished ones, they are a great alternative to painful heels. Miu Miu’s unconventional designs made us fall in love with slides! We recommend you get one for your next chill session by the fireplace!
POPxo Recommends: Puma Pink Solid Bow Slide Slip-Ons for Rs 3,599. Buy it here
Mary Janes are inspired by the classic children’s shoe style. You can spot them with their statement vamp strap over the pumps. The appearance of the trend this season is proof that childlike, innocent styles are here to stay! Above we can see Prada’s spin on the traditional Mary Janes.
POPxo Recommends: DOROTHY PERKINS Mary Jane Heels for Rs 2,990. Buy it here
Flatforms gained popularity because they’re the perfect combination of heels and comfortable flats! They look best with a pair of cropped pants and boxy tops. Gucci’s recent collection is highly dominated by flatform sandals and that’s all the validation we need!
POPxo Recommends: KOOVS Buckle Mule Flatform Slides for Rs 1,499. Buy it here
Thanks to the Kardashian clan, lucite heels have gained immense popularity amongst the fashionistas. The trend started with transparent straps, moving on to transparent heels and so on. They look super sexy and are definitely worth giving a try!
POPxo Recommends: QUPID Peep-Toe Transparent Block Heels for Rs 2,449. Buy it here
In leather, suede, flat soles, or pointed toe, thigh high boots are not only surprisingly comfortable but are an integral part of almost every fashionista's wardrobe. While ultra-tall boots may seem to be daunting, finding the right height and proportion will guarantee they look great and prove to be a worthwhile investment too.
POPxo Recommends: Lulu & Sky thigh high boots for Rs 1,980. Buy it here
Tired of leather and suede? Well, we are too! Then why not give satin a chance? It’s smooth, stunning and oh-so-luxe. A pretty pair of satin pumps will give you major princess feels we’re sure!
POPxo Recommends: Dorothy Perkins Satine Pink Bow Ankle Strap Stilettos for Rs 3,590. Buy it here
Though open sandals seem like a comfortable option, they might not balance out your heavy winter layers like a pair of thigh-high boots would! Picking the right footwear will ensure that your ensemble comes together.
It's not necessary to match your shoes to your clothes, but paying close attention to the colours and patterns of your outfit will help. Pick out the dominant colour and pattern in your outfit and choose complementing footwear.
If styled incorrectly, heels can do more harm than good! High heels can give the illusion of elongated legs but the wrong pair can make your legs appear stumpy. Steer clear of tie-ups since they tend to cut out the length and make you look shorter.
Winding down after work is necessary, grabbing a drink at the bar - crucial. Sure, there is nothing more comfortable than a pair of sneakers, but we’d recommend loafers and flatforms when you need to hop from one location to another!
There are a few styles of shoes and clothes that just do not flatter each other! For instance, unless you’re channelling a ‘badass bride/wedding guest, loafers wouldn’t be paired with a lehenga. Another example that comes to mind, paring kitten heels with pencil skirts can negate its elongated silhouette.
If you tend to hoard, chances are that you spend a considerable time in front of your closet every morning. It would be a good idea to take assistance from the apps available in the market - they are tailored to organise and plan your ensembles. Apps like ClosetSpace and Stylicious would be good starting points for you.