This series on fashion is inspired by a few great fashion related posts and bloggers I've been reading lately as well as a really positive response I got from a comment I left on another blog. A young woman was asking what she should get for a work wardrobe without spending a fortune. I gave this some thought and then commented on the ten pieces I'd recommend she get. I got an email back, complimenting my complete list and saying it would serve as a shopping list.
A good pair of shoes is definitely something I wanted to mention. I've had a pair of brown pumps for a few years now. They are still in great shape but the company label has since rubbed off. I can tell you they are Canadian and my mom bought them for me for about $100 almost five years ago. I've worn them at least weekly for the past two years.
When I say good shoes, I'm not saying go out and spend $500 on something trendy. I think around $100-$200 denotes a quality pair (with very rare exceptions of course). A good pair of pumps takes me far but your style might go the way of Dansko clogs or Doc Martins.
I've included photos of me and my trusty shoes from a few previous posts.
Anonymous but awesome Canadian brown leather pumps, $100 (I have a good black pair of pumps too, Kenneth Cole $80)
Tips for choosing your shoes: Buy a good pair that you can afford, ideally a black pair and a brown pair to match all your clothes. If you don't like my suggestions for styles/companies above, talk to your more well dressed coworkers. What shoes do they think are stylish and comfortable? They at least have a couple things in common with you 1) your geographic location and 2) what you all do eight hours or so a day. If you can't afford wonderful get ok and get a good pair of supportive insoles. Your feet are important to take care of and if your shoes are comfortable, you are going to be a happier and healthier person (you'll be walking more!).
Check out the other posts in this series:
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Cotton Sweater
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Crisp White Shirt
Top Ten Femlae Wardrobe Staples: The Graphic T-Shirt
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Pencil Skirt
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Wrap Dress
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Pin Striped Suit