Diamonds may be a woman’s best friend, but we’re pretty sure shoes are, too. A stunning pair of shoes can turn basics into an outfit, while the wrong match can ruin your entire look. And with tons of options available in the market these days, it quite difficult to resist the urge to purchase a pair every month.

As much as we’d like to amass a shoe collection as massive as Imelda Marcos‘, we have to admit that it’s not the most practical nor is it space-saving. Besides, you won’t be able to use all 2,700 pairs even if you have special events to attend to every day or night. All you need is a well-edited shoe wardrobe for unstoppable style.

But what does a basic footwear wardrobe really look like? Is there a minimum number that a woman can have in her shoe rack? While the figure depends on your fashion versatility, there are key styles that can cover all bases, fashion wise. From your secret-weapon statement heels to that ankle boot that can take you practically anywhere, we made a short list that can help you streamline your collection.

So, if you’re looking to do some spring cleaning, or a strategic fashion investment this season, here are 5 shoe styles no woman should go without.

 

1
Flat sandals

For those free and easy days when you have to run around, flat sandals are an essential for your shoe rack. Heading out to the mall? Hitting the beach? Attending luncheons? These blue suede flat sandals that feature an embellished t-bar front strap is your best bet. It’s comfortable and can easily match jeans, skirts, shorts, and dresses.

RM5,417, Manolo Blahnik

2
Loafers

This is classic footwear that you can just slip on. With elasticated panels on either sides negating the need for laces or fastenings, a pair of ladies’ loafers offer a classic style that adds vintage glamour to a daytime outfit or office wear. Pair this red Gommino driving shoes in suede from Tod’s with denim jeans for a casual look or match it with a dress for an edgier look.

RM2,617.50, Tod’s

3
Ankle boots

Invest in a good pair of boots that reach your ankle and you’ll discover it has a classic shape that can easily take your outfit from work to play. They look great with a pair of tailored trousers, but you’ll love them more with a summer dress. Take this Podium Square ankle boot from Roger Vivier, for example. Wearing it over a pair of black tights and a black pencil skirt or figure hugging, knee-length dress will give your outfit a sexy touch.

RM5,842.26, Roger Vivier

4
Everyday heels

Really, you won’t find no other shoe as timeless as the black pump. Like this Dior high-heeled shoe with a red heart in the back, they’re discreet enough for day-to-day wear without compromising sophistication you’ll need for work. Opt for coloured pumps if you’re planning a night out with the girls.

RM3,698, Dior

5
Red carpet heel

For attending a gala or a charity ball, you’ll need to kick up your style quotient a notch with super-chic statement stilettos that are meant to be ogled at. This Jimmy Choo white suede and hot fix crystal embellished sandals with an Ostrich feather tassel has enough bling to dress up your little black dress for any formal gathering.

RM6,261, Jimmy Choo