The 6 basic shoes everybody needs in their wardrobe

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To have a smart wardrobe, you need to have at least some good basics shoes to complete your outfits nicely, that you can wear with several different looks. Choose right so that you won’t find yourself in those dreadful situations where you can’t find one pair of shoes that go well with the outfit you’re dying to wear. In fact, with only six pairs of shoes, you can be sure to look good anywhere and at any time.

The best essential shoes are black; they match with any colour, they don’t get dirty easily, and you can find beautiful shoes that are fashionable and look more expensive than they really are.

So, here are the six best basic shoes for a smart wardrobe:

Black Ballerinas

These cute flat shoes are so essential you can wear them with absolutely any outfit, believe me, they look incredibly chic, day or night. Ballerinas are the favourite shoes of stylish models like Elle MacPherson and the British beauty Adwoa Aboah, and contrary to what many think, you don’t need to be tall to look good in ballerinas.


Black Pumps

Black pumps are indispensable in any stylish woman’s wardrobe. Pair them with jeans or cargo pants to dress up your look, wear them with dresses and skirts like Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, or with tailored pants for an elegant look like the French Jeanne Damas.


Black Slingbacks

Slingbacks are extremely elegant and feminine, and they are the ideal shoes for spring since they are like summery sandals but closed-toes to keep your feet warm and dry. Chic women such as the Italian fashion blogger Eleonora Carisi and the German art director and influencer Julia Haghjoo pair their black kitten heels with skirts, suits or white denim and manage fabulous looks. Black slingbacks look fantastic with this year’s colour trend; beige.


Black Mules

Eva Chen, Instagram’s head of fashion partnership, looks very cool in her black mules and denim oversized jacket. You can add an edge to your black mules wearing them with white tights with fun little boats like the Japanese Dj, Mademoiselle Yulia


Black Booties

Booties are another spring essential. Maise Williams, Game of Throne’s Arya Stark, pairs her black bootie with a very cool jacket by Sacai, the twins Aya and Ami Suzuki finish their colourful look with chunky ankle boots and Valentina Ferragni, the Blond Salad’s sister, wear black ankle boots with a girly pink look.



By Selma

I am the editor-in-chief of and co-founder of I have also been working as creative director at, a marketing agency headquartered in Vienna, Austria, with offices in Hamburg, Germany, and Madrid, Spain.