I like shoes.
Since I like shoes and I’m a casual gal, my dressed-down shoe collection could probably rival Kim Kardashian. I have like 5,000 pairs of sneakers and I’m not ashamed to admit it. #sneakers4life
However, occasionally this casual gal needs to put on something fancy. And by fancy, I just mean it shouldn’t be worn with sweatpants. ;) However, my fancy shoe collection is dismal – every pair is either way out of date, or looks orthopedic, or hurts my feet so much that I never wear it.
In an effort to avoid the inevitable scramble to look acceptable when a girls’ night out presents itself, I’ve started scoping out . . . heels. Gasp. I typically avoid them like the plague, but I think it’s time to grow up and get some big girl shoes.
Here are some of the looks I’ve been drawn to:
I quickly noticed that you can achieve just about any look with just 4 pairs of heels – hooray! Here’s what you need:
- a simple black heel
- a pair of strappy black heels
- a pair of heels in a fun, solid color (I like red)
- a simple nude heel in patent or matte leather
That’s pretty easy, right? Since I’m not a fancy gal and these shoes won’t get worn every day, all of the heels I chose are below $100. Also, I noticed that you need to have more than a kitten heel for the shoes to look “sexy” (RAWR), but I’m pretty darn tall and my feet don’t like high heels, so all of my picks are 2.5-3″ – enough to look sassy, but not so tall that you’re begging for flip-flops or towering over your partner. Up first are the nude heels – perfect for making your legs look longer. #nicestems I chose this one because it is the perfect shade of “nude” and the toe is pointy but not so pointy that it will break your toes off. It’s the little things. ;) Black heels are a staple in every girl’s closet. My old pair is a matte black leather kitten heel, and I feel like a Sunday school teacher in them. Not that that’s bad, it’s just not what I’m going for. This black heel, on the other hand, is simple enough to go with everything but has the fun d’Orsay detail that makes it a bit sexier. (How many times can I say sexy in one post? Pretty sure I’ve never said it before…) The strappy black heel – I’m excited about this one!! This shoe can go with anything, but instantly makes any outfit more fun. You can go for either the simple ankle strap or a pair that has a lace-up detail like the one above. I think the simple ankle strap is more versatile, but the price on this lace-up one is great and it’s just SO CUTE. And now for the “bonus pair” – it’s true that no one really NEEDS a pair of red heels, but they’re just so fun!!
I love this pair because the red is a slightly poppy shade, rather than fire engine, and because it too has the d’Orsay styling that’s so flattering.
So that’s it! The 4 pairs of heels that can get you through any occasion.