Having a diverse shoe collection is just as essential as a wardrobe filled with extravagant clothes and accessories. There are those who can never have too many shoes. However, there are also many people who overlook their shoes, thinking they are not the most important part of the outfit. We beg to differ! Shoes are actually an integral, key part of an overall look!

Let’s break this down…shoes not only provide your feet with protection and comfort, but they also allow you to express your style in a unique way. A beautiful pair of heels can take your LBD from drab to fab in an instant. So what better time than now to do a winter cleanup of your shoe collection and spice up your looks? Here are some tips to do just that!

Look at your shoe collection and separate your shoes into five different categories:

  1. Boots
  2. Athletic shoes/sneakers/trainers
  3. Special occasion
  4. Daily go-to shoes
  5. Casual (sandals, flip-flops, other)

Now, go through your shoes in each category and determine whether or not you want to keep each pair of shoes. Struggling to figure out what to keep? Ask yourself the following (yes, for each pair if needed):

Does the shoe fit?

Am I in love with or ambivalent about the shoe?

Is the shoe in good condition?

Did I wear this pair within the last two years?

If you answered “yes” then keep the shoes in your collection! If you answered “no”, now is the time to say goodbye and consider purchasing something new.

What are some must-haves in any collection? Marilyn Hellman, owner of Marilyn’s Boutique in Naples, believes every woman needs to have the following:

  1. Classic black pump. This never goes out of style so invest in a top pair.

The classic black pump is anything but basic! These timeless shoes can be incorporated to fit any occasion. From fancy dinner occasions to professional business ventures, this footwear is a necessity to completing any closet.

  1. Nude heels (whether pump, sling-back or sandal)

Can’t find a pair of shoes to match your ensemble? Consider a pair of nude heels — neutral shades work with every color! Similar to the classic black pump, nude heels are timeless and worth the investment. Try slipping on some nude heels with that LBD to add some more depth to your look!

  1. The perfect boot (black, tan or your favorite color)

Boots are made for walkin’ — but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish! Consider picking up a pair of neutral-colored boots for a sophisticated, edgy look. Marilyn’s French handcrafted Pressed Alligator Patterned Leather Short Boots are a great option! Also, bright-colored boots are an excellent way to add a pop of color to your look.

  1. Clear heels in any style!

Let’s be clear — a high-quality pair of shoes is essential to any outfit! Whether they are pumps, sandals or sling-backs, clear heels make a classy, modern statement. Marilyn’s has many elegant clear options to choose from!

With so many ways to wear your shoes, never miss an opportunity to be creative, fun and daring. A fabulous pair of shoes is not only good for the heart, but good for the “sole”.