The Laws of Building a Great Shoe Collection

The Laws of Building a Great Shoe Collection

Shoes are every woman's weakness. If they're not, change your life! A great shoe... be it a killer heel, a pair of must-have mini-boots, or that favorite workout sneaker in just the right color combination is what completes your look and basically your life. Period.

An amazing shoe collection is so key because mothers sacrifice so much for others. Meaning when school starts up, you may find yourself buying four pairs of shoes for kids and nothing for yourself. Every pair of shoe counts and fills a need. And you need shoes that send the right signals.

There is an art for how and what to fill your closet with. Here are the basics for any shoe budget:

Always buy black first. So let’s assume you are barefoot and you don't own a single pair of shoes. Buy black first. Black heels go with so many outfits, making them extremely versatile. Quality always over quantity. Investing in a pair of Michael Kors or Christian Louboutin isn't a bad idea if you can spare it. Quality lasts, meaning it will not need to be replaced as frequently. Did you know that a brand new pair of “So Kates," one of Christian Louboutin’s most popular and classic shoe cuts, starts at just $650? That's a lot less than most people think, and you can catch them on sale or online at resale outlets for much less. Spend to save and enjoy the luxury along the way. A classic closed-toed leather shoe never goes out. Don't start with a crazy, strappy, embellished shoe that happens to be black. Start simple and expand.

Next, go nude. Nude is the second most needed shoe in any collection. Again, very versatile. Go classic and closed toe. Make sure to choose your nude. If you have very pale skin, be careful not to choose a shoe that is too blush and looks pinkish against your skin tone. If you have a darker complexion, don't go too light as your shoes won't look nude at all and will not be nearly as versatile.

At this point double back to black and nude in open-toe options. A simple single strap high heel in both black and nude will really boost your style flexibility.

Earth tones. Once you have the basics down, find a great neutral shoe. Earth tones will go with all the beige, brown, blush and warm colors in your wardrobe. These shoes will be versatile as well.

Get a little crazy! Here and now is the right time to buy that sexy pair of bedazzled-shy high pair of heels. These are the ones you can't seem to live without. Don't ever buy something you like. Only buy what you love, just go for it.

Continue to expand with the same principles in mind for various cuts and styles of shoes. Need boots? Go with black first. Then go earth tone, then grays. Mix and match. One pair of black thigh high boots, one pair of earth tone mini boots, and a pair of gray slouch caviler boots. It’s better to have six pairs of amazing heels and boots than a closet full of trash that you wish you'd never bought on clearance.

Avoid cheap materials. Faux leathers, funky materials, cork-pressed heels, and shoes in which you can clearly see the glues or other binding materials are a total “don't do it.” A pair of sandals you kind of like that are faux leather and $9.99 will be in the trash in a month. Stop, think, save. Grab the genuine leather sandals that follow the basic shoe buying laws even if they cost $40 because when you need them, you need them. If they are higher quality, they last longer and you won't need to replace them after several seasons of wear.

Happy Shopping! Be sure to check out other posts for great tips on buying designer shoes at unbeatable prices at resale boutiques and see how the hottest designer handbags can be yours for less if you know where and how to shop.

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