10 Essential Types of Footwear to Keep on Your Shoe Rack

These classic styles will last you years!

(SPOT.ph) Do you ever look at a piece of clothing you just bought, say, two months ago and realize you don’t even wear it anymore? Maybe you don’t like it as much as when you first bought it, or maybe its unique design just doesn’t go with enough of your clothes. That’s why it’s important to invest in classic wardrobe pieces that are practical enough to pair with a variety of outfits and will last you years. The same applies to your shoes. Trends come and go, but in the long run, you’ll want to invest in pairs that are versatile, wearable, and timeless—those will be the ones that you’ll use most often and that stay on your shoe rack the longest.

Here are 10 pairs of shoes every girl should own:

Sneakers

Stan Smith Shoes (P9,000)
PHOTO BY Adidas
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For casual looks and maximum comfort, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of sneakers. Invest in a sturdy pair with a sleek design that’ll go with pretty much everything in your closet. These all-white Stan Smith shoes from Adidas are a great staple to have on your shoe rack that you’ll always be reaching for. Plus, the leather exteriors make them much easier to clean than cloth or canvas shoes.

See a list of Adidas branches.

Running Shoes

UA Charged Assert 8 Running Shoes (P3,195)
PHOTO BY Under Armour
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In case you didn’t know by now, not all of your casual sneakers are made for working out. Set aside a pair specifically for strenuous activities and make sure it’s specially designed for exercise. These lightweight trainers from Under Armour might be a good place to start. The cushioned construction is comfortable and versatile enough to give your feet the support they need for a variety of activities. Stick to a practical colorway like this black-and-white one so it matches all your activewear!

See a list of Under Armour branches.

Sandals

Flow Sandals (P2,090)
PHOTO BY Renegade Folk
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Sunday brunches, garden parties, trips to the beach—some occasions just call for a pair of strappy sandals. Try this one from Renegade Folk, which can be dressed up for a formal occasion or dressed down for daily use. The cream-colored straps and classic brown sole will go with a variety of outfits and add a dainty touch to any look. Plus, the soft insoles and slight elevation make these sandals comfy enough for walking.

See a list of Renegade Folk branches.

Heels

Leather High Heel Sandals (P2,995)
PHOTO BY Zara
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For formal events, you can’t go wrong with black stilettos, like this pair from Zara. The thin, barely there straps will look effortlessly sexy and flatter anyone’s feet. These measure a little less than four inches in height—tall enough to give you a boost without making your feet sore.

See a list of Zara branches.

Pumps

Leather Pumps (P2,995)
PHOTO BY Mango
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While strappy black stilettos are for making a sexy, powerful statement, make sure to have a more toned-down pair of heels in your collection. These pumps from Mango are reliable for office settings or family gatherings. We suggest a nude color like this one, which will go with anything and elongate your legs.

Available at Mango branches nationwide.

Kitten Heels

Selene (P1,450)
PHOTO BY Giovanne the Label
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For a daintier option, try kitten heels like these block-heeled slip-ons from local brand Giovanne the Label. They’re perfect for anytime you want to subtly dress up a casual outfit (even your go-to T-shirt-and-jeans combo). Trust us when we say it pays to have a not-too-high pair of heels on your shoe rack. Your toes will thank us later.

Available online.

Loafers

PHOTO BY Charles & Keith
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Not all dressy occasions call for high heels. Practical, close-toed, reliable shoes like these loafers from Charles & Keith can be your go-to for big meetings and important lunches. These versatile shoes can be made to look professional, romantic, quirky, normcore, and more, depending on how you wear them.

See a list of Charles & Keith branches.

Flats

Ayla (P800)
PHOTO BY Hue
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There are few things you can count on the way you can count on a trusty pair of black flats. Whether you’re running errands, hanging out with friends, or busy at work, you know you can slip them on without a second thought and they’ll be appropriate for pretty much any setting. Try these pretty suede flats from Hue if you don’t have a go-to pair yet.

Available online.

Slippers

Slim (P949)
PHOTO BY Havaianas
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Well, we certainly hope you aren’t walking around at home in your going-out shoes—or worse, barefoot. Stay hygienic with a good pair of slippers. We know, we know—pretty much no one will see them so why go through the trouble? Trust us when we say a comfy pair of flipflops will protect your feet and last you years. We love the shiny bronze tone on this slim pair from Havaianas, which is cute enough to take to the beach.

See a list of Havaianas branches.

Slides

Mules (P2,690)
PHOTO BY H&M
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Slides, or “step-ins” as your tita might call them, are similar to sandals but have an extra casual, effortless feel to them—some days, you just can’t bother with straps and buckles. We’re currently eyeing these mules from H&M, which are decked out in a unique brown snakeskin-pattern, but can still go with pretty much anything—yup, patterned pieces, too. The animal print would bring elegance and texture to any look.

See a list of H&M branches.

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