The Shoe Guide: Footwear Basics Every Girl Should Know

Evolving from being simple footwear with the purpose of just protecting the feet when walking, to becoming an integral part of an outfit that can make or break the look, shoes are every woman’s best friend and weakness. However, because there are plenty of shoe types, it can be quite overwhelming to discern which ones should be a staple in your closet. We have enumerated five of the most basic shoes that every woman should start with, so you’ll know which ones are a must-have and which ones you can live without.

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5 Shoe Must-Haves For Every Woman

Ballet flats. Easily the most comfortable and versatile pair of shoes you can ever own, ballet flats can be worn with almost anything: dresses, skirts, shorts, jeans, and trousers. They look classy without sacrificing comfort and style, and you can never have too many pairs in your closet. Nude-colored ballet flats will make your wide feet look slimmer, while printed ballet flats make any basic outfit stand out.

Sneakers. Even if you’re not the sporty kind of girl, sneakers will always be your feet’s best pal during long walks. And who says wearing sneakers are restricted to the jeans-and-shirt combination? You can definitely wear sneakers with a dress! Wear white canvas sneakers with a body-con dress, or wear running shoes with a skater dress – be bold and explore different styles. Lastly, wearing a cool pair of sneakers will motivate you to get on your pretty little tush and start achieving your fitness goals.

Sandals. Aside from giving your feet a breather from closed shoes, sandals are chic, feminine, and comfortable. You can wear it during beach trips or on sunny days with a sundress. There are many kinds of sandals too; pick out which style suits you best.

Ankle boots. Want to up your style but don’t want to jump into overwhelming fashion pieces yet? A pair of ankle boots makes you look posh and low-key while still being comfortable enough for long walks (read our guide on how to break in new shoes below). This is a pair of shoe that also goes with anything and never goes out of style.

Pumps. As we have mentioned in a previous article, investing in a classic pair of pumps will truly go a long way. A versatile pair of pumps can be worn during formal parties, internships, job interviews, and other events. Choose pumps in a neutral hue, or a black pair to be sure, so you can mix and match it with any clothing and prints.

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How to Break In Your New Shoes

Wearing a new pair of shoes is all fun and games until you get blisters and a sore foot. Avoid these painful dilemmas by trying out our tips on how to break in your new shoes below.

Buy a shoe shaper. Your dad or brother probably has one of these; it helps maintain the shape of the shoes while also breaking in your new pair through stretching. Although shoe shapers can be quite expensive, buying one is the most efficient way of breaking in new shoes. Plus, your other family members can also use it too, so it’s a good investment as well.

Practice wearing your new shoes for a while. For shoes that you need to wear to an event such as prom or a party, practice wearing them around your house for a while. Walking around them for about an hour a few days before you will have to wear them will make you more comfortable in them.

Apply heat to your shoes. No, we don’t mean popping them into the microwave. You can use a hairdryer for about a minute, or dry them out under the sun for no longer than 30 minutes – this makes the shoes soften and become for flexible. Put on a pair of socks and wear your shoes immediately after applying heat so it will mold into the shape of your feet.

Wear your shoes periodically for a short time. After buying a new pair of shoes, try not to wear them immediately for long periods of time. This will hurt your feet more since your shoes are still adjusting to the shape of your feet. If possible, only wear them for a few hours, then switch to more comfortable shoes for the rest of the day. Continue doing this for several more days until your shoes have stretched and it doesn’t hurt your feet anymore.

Reduce friction between your foot and the shoes. Of course, you can’t wear your shoes with damp feet, or else it will smell bad. But moisturizing your feet (especially the heel and toes) will reduce the friction between your feet and the shoes, which is the culprit of painful blisters. Wearing socks will also protect your feet from friction too.

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