No outfit is complete without the right pair of shoes. Whether you’re on your way to a business meeting or running errands in between your busy schedule, it’s always important that you look the part and dress to impress. Every closet needs all the classic basics so that you’ll never have to worry about what outfit to put together the next day. When it comes to shoe essentials, there are specific silhouettes you need in your collection for certain occasions. As comfortable as sneakers are, adding a little finesse to your look wouldn’t hurt once in a while.
From Nike‘s classic Air Force 1 ‘07 to Karl Lagerfeld‘s sophisticated Royale Pump, we’ve rounded up the only 10 shoe essentials you need in your closet all under $300 USD. Scroll down below and find out which made the cut.
Timeless white sneakers: Nike Air Force 1 ‘07
A pair of white sneakers is definitely a fashion must-have when it comes to your shoe collection. They go well with almost everything and complete your entire outfit, especially Nike’s classic Air Force 1 ‘07. From jeans to dresses, you can never go wrong with white kicks.
Running shoes: Nike Joyride Run Flyknit
Whether you’ll actually use them for working out or not, running shoes will always come in handy. Nike’s Joyride Run Flyknit makes a great statement piece and are easy to put on when you’re in a rush to leave the house.
Rain boots: Hunter Original Tour Boots
Rain boots are a must, especially if you reside in England. The original Hunter Tour Boots come in a cool, matte finish and convenient, foldable design. Its flexible and lightweight shaft can be rolled up easily, making it convenient for you to bring on your travels.
Everyday sandals: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Sandals
During the summertime, Birkenstock‘s iconic Arizona Soft Sandals should be in everyone’s shoe collection because of how comfortable and easy they are to wear in the heat. Pair these with your favorite denim shorts and a basic white T-shirt on a hot summer day.
Year-round boots: Dr. Martens ‘1460’ Boot
Dr. Martens will never go out of style, especially the classic ‘1460’ Boot. The silhouette comes in its signature sole and grounds the offbeat style of an iconic lace-up boot. Wear these with your favorite pair of pants or even your go-to flowy maxi dress to pull off an edgier look.
Classy loafers: Aeyde Black Aurora Loafers
Classic black loafers like Aeyde‘s add that touch of elegance even if you’re in casual attire. Its sleek silhouette brings your whole look together, making you seem like you put in the effort the night before.
Elegant mules: Calvin Klein Chantalia Pointy Toe Mule
Mules can never go wrong, especially when you’ve had enough of your 5-inch heels for the past eight hours. Calvin Klein‘s Chantalia Pointy Toe Mule comes in a pointed toe with a low cushioned wedge for a look that’s both sharp and comfortable.
Pointed-toe ballet flats: Marc Jacobs The Wave Flats
Pointed-toe ballet flats are the perfect alternative for those who aren’t a fan of heels. Marc Jacobs’ The Wave Flats can be paired with anything while still making you look effortless and polished.
Open-toe heels: Atp Atelier Carmen 45mm Ankle Strap Sandals
Black strap open-toe heels are a must, especially when it comes to formal events or business dinners. You won’t have to worry about getting any blisters in Atp Atelier’s Carmen 45mm Ankle Strap Sandals as it comes in a block heel, making it comfortable to wear throughout the entire evening.
Closed-toe heels: Karl Lagerfeld Paris Royale Pump
Admittedly, pumps aren’t the most comfortable pair to wear. However, nude heels are a fashion essential and probably goes well with most of your cocktail dresses. Karl Lagerfeld‘s leather Royale Pump comes with a discreet simple logo badge letting it shine in its minimalist chic look.