This is How To Choose the Best Shoes for You


Shoes are one of the most understated elements of a strong outfit, but you will soon notice them if they clash. In fact, your choice of shoe can define the rest of your outfit because you can choose whether you want to intentionally match them to your clothes or contrast them.

For example, if you are piecing together an outfit for a night out, then you would probably match a cocktail dress with some practical heels which blend in. However, if you were dressing down for an occasion, then you could pair an understated outfit with some eye-catching knee-high boots to balance out the aesthetic.

Of course, you are unlikely to have an endless supply of shoes in your wardrobe, meaning you have to pick carefully when buying a new pair.

They will need the ability to be paired with a range of different outfits and be practical enough to walk in for extended periods of time – high heels not permitting. 

It’s not an easy decision to make, which is why it is worth checking out these shoe-buying tips:

What occasions are you buying them for?

The first question you need to ask yourself is what you actually need them for.

This will inform the rest of your decision-making process because if you need traditional formal shoes for a gala dinner, then a sparkly pair of sneakers is probably out. 

Of course, many shoes are intended for a more general-purpose – whether as comfy everyday shoes, a smart pair of work boots or hiking boots for Sunday walks. If this is the case, it is best to buy a high-quality pair which are likely to last without being so pricey that you are scared to ever get them dirty.

Everyday shoes should match a variety of colors and styles

Another critical aspect that you need to consider when buying shoes is whether they will match a variety of colors and styles. If you are going to hold on to the shoes for a long time, then you will want to be able to pair them with different outfits rather than leave them hidden away until you wear a certain outfit.

It is why simple-colored shoes – black, white, or blue – often work best. They can be paired with most colors without it clashing horrendously. 

Pair your formal shoes with a certain outfit

Having said this, if you are looking for a pair of formal shoes, then the opposite is true. You are only likely to wear them alongside particular outfits in particular situations, so it is worth making sure they are as unique as possible.

Formal occasions are a great excuse to make a statement, so don’t be afraid to opt for a bold color or an impractical design. They are meant to be flamboyant rather than worn for a long time. 

Closing thoughts

Buying shoes is not easy. It will take a lot of browsing to find a pair that fit you perfectly, can be matched with the right outfits, and can fulfill their intended purpose.

The trick is to avoid making rash decisions. What looks amazing in store might not look so good when paired with your outfit, so be sure to try shoes on more than once and keep your wider aesthetic at the front of your mind.