10 Shoes Every Woman Should Own

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As tempting as it can be to stockpile your shoe closet with feathery, sparkly, sky-high heels, we’ll grudgingly admit it’s not the most practical strategy (although our Tumblr tells a different story). Collect all 10 of these always-chic flats, heels and sneakers (yes, sneakers!) to save yourself from what-to-wear moments — and some painful blisters.

1. Must-Have Shoes: Nude Peep-Toe Pumps

Peep-toe pumps that match your skin tone are the ultimate leg-lengtheners and a chic showcase for a fresh-from-the-spa pedicure. Plus, as Eva Mendes proves, they go with almost everything under the sun.

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2. Must-Have Shoes: Black City Boots

Whether you prefer the cool knee-high boot look, like Fergie, or the sexy over-the-knee style, sleek black leather boots with a not-too-high heel will take you places in this world.

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3. Must-Have Shoes: Ballet Flats

Giving everyday dresses and jeans a chic Parisian flair, ballet flats are essential to your wardrobe, especially after a long night out (or even just a half hour) in those daring high heels. To liven up the mood, contrast ‘em to a bright-colored dress like on-the-go cutie Alexa Chung.

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4. Must-Have Shoes: Wooden Platform Sandals

You can’t really go shopping or have brunch in sparkly Loubs, but sometimes plain-ol’ flats won’t do either. Katie Holmes and Isabel Lucas have the right idea with their wooden platform sandals—they’re daytime shoes with a fab nighttime attitude.

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5. Must-Have Shoes: Canvas Sneakers

Follow Blake Lively’s lead here, ladies, and slip on canvas sneakers on those days when you’ve really got your hands full. You’ll be comfy and look chic. Now if only every outfit warranted that description!

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6. Must-Have Shoes: Black Pumps

The workhorse of all workhorses, basic (but sexy!) black pumps will take you from the office to dinner and back again. Just take a long look at the gorgeous Rachel Zoe in her cap-toe pair if you need any further convincing.

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7. Must-Have Shoes: Metallic Sandals

Get a pair in gold. Get a pair in silver. Make sure they’re fabulous with a capital F. And the next time you have to wear a bridesmaid dress that isn’t quite as chic as Natalie Portman’s teal number here, you can look down at your feet and smile.

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8. Must-Have Shoes: Suede Booties

Booties in sumptuous suede are as pivotal to the fall season as pumpkin-spice lattes (yes, it’s that serious). Wear them with jeans by day, or like Kate Hudson, with something fun and leg-baring by night.

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9. Must-Have Shoes: Flat Leather Sandals

Basic leather sandals are meant for those days when you decide to lose track of time, laze in the grass or wander without direction. Or those days when you merely wish you could. Just looking at this pic of Marissa Hargitay makes us want to go on vacay.

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Gorgeous Work-of-Art Shoes That Make You Happy
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10. Must-Have Shoes: Gorgeous Work-of-Art Shoes That Make You Happy

To Olivia Wilde, it’s a pair of gold Christian Louboutin boots. To you, who knows. Just follow your gut and whip ‘em out whenever really good (and, hey, really bad) things happen. Or just take them out and look at them from time to time—whatever makes you happy.

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