5 Pairs Of Shoes Every Woman Should Have

Let’s face it – the shoe habits of women are quite different than the shoe habits of guys. Many guys can live with a good pair of work boots, sneakers, and dress shoes. But for girls…three pairs of shoes doesn’t even scratch the surface.

And just to prove it, we’re going to go through 5 basic pairs of shoes that every woman should have in their closet, no matter the season.


There are two types of shoes that I would seriously recommend be in any girl’s closet – ballet flats and canvas shoes (be they Converse or otherwise).

Casual Flats

Ballet flats are a great way to still look chic and actually feel comfortable. While some of us are comfortable living our lives in sky-high heels, the majority of us…well, aren’t. The paragon of ballet flats, Chanel flats, with their quilted leather, are timeless, gorgeous, and quite pricey.

There are, of course, many, many, less pricey alternatives, but the Chanel flats epitomize what you want to look for in ballet flats – simple elegance (and the ability to run around as much as you want without stopping due to aching feet, or tripping over the sidewalk because of a lack of coordination…).

And then for the more slouchy casual urban style – or for those who just like the look, there is the classic canvas sneaker – Converse (or Chucks, whatever your name for them) or otherwise. The great thing about Converse, especially, is that it’s actually pretty difficult to go wrong with them…and it’s expected that they will be dirty and grungy. In fact, when I get a new pair of Converse, I find it difficult to wear them out anywhere before I’ve scuffed them up a little bit. They’re too white and bright and new when you first get them – and how many shoes can you say look better a little dirty?

Sky High

There are 3 pairs of heels that I recommend that every woman have in their closet – the bare essentials, that is – black, nude and awesome.

Black heels because they can translate well from day to evening and season to season, they are the ultimate classic heel. It’s really, really, astronomically difficult to go wrong with a pair of black heels.

It’s actually pretty much the same with nude heels – both black and nude are neutrals when it comes to your wardrobe. Nude heels usually add a touch bit more of class and polish to an outfit than black heels. Sometimes (mind you, not all of the time), sometimes, a black heel – depending on height and style – can look a little…hoochie.

And then for the “awesome.” These heels should be the ones that make you smile whenever you wear them – heck, whenever you see them in your closet. Whether they’re sky high and sparkly or red and velvety…you own the room whenever you walk in with these heels on. Own it!

Ashley Dean is a freelance writer who loves her shoes and can’t understand how her boyfriend can just live in his Dunham boots – she needs her outdoor shoes, too, but she can’t live with just those. She hopes everyone finds the perfect shoe to make them swoon, whatever it may be.

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What Makes Ethical Footwear?

In this day and age, we are far more aware of the world around us. Responsibility and ethics is something that is becoming increasingly important to us as consumers. So what is the fashion industry doing about it?

When it comes to the question ethics, what do we actually mean? Is this related to the treatment of the workers who make the products, the treatment of animals if by-products are used, or the environmental concerns? Ethical production actually encompasses all of these things, covering ways of reducing harm to the environment as well as human and animal welfare.


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It’s a broad area to look at, and as a blog post could get very in depth! With this in mind, I’ve decided to take a look at one area of fashion with brands that do have an ethical stance: shoes. This is an area that has been challenged by the constraints of producing attractive, fashion forward designs with corporate responsibility.

Leather is a material that is so tied into our consciousness as essential for the production of shoes, certainly formal and dressy shoes, that we tend not to think about alternatives. Many companies have begun to use different materials and processes when taking the environment into consideration.

Terra Plana is one such company, making it their forte to explore new manufacturing techniques. Thinking about the Earth’s resources, this British footwear brand has been doing their bit to protect the planet. Their footwear is made from materials that have been made to be recyclable, limiting their impact on the environment.

There has also been a great deal of innovation too, not only with this brand, but for many other ethically motivated companies too. Leather processing can involve the use of a lot of chemicals that can cause environmental damage.

New methods, new materials

Materials such as vegetable leather – leather that uses environmentally friendly vegetable tanning – as well as leather without chromium and latex are all used in manufacture. Terra Plana have even created their own material called ‘E-Leather’, which has been made from a mixture of textiles and leather.

It’s not just recycling that Terra Plana encourages in its footwear production. More and more footwear companies are following suit. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to eliminate the CO2 output from factories, but donations are made to counteract this effect to go to other environmentally conscious projects.

Many fashion footwear brands are also involved in the Fairtrade Foundation too. By investing and trading through this organisation, it helps to support workers in developing nations. Fairtrade ensures that workers are given a fair wage, which helps to develop the local community and general working conditions.

These developments highlight the steps that the fashion footwear industry is taking to improve things, not only for the environment, but for the workers too. Hopefully some of these steps will be adopted by more brands!

Fashion that is Different brings a great choice of women’s fashion and footwear designers such as Terra Plana, Lola Cruz and more.

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Boot Care 101

Looking after your boots to ensure they look like new for longer is easy with our introduction to optimal boot care. It is worth your while to invest in a pair of good quality leather boots in a classic style that will never go out of fashion. But there is no point in spending a lot of money on a gorgeous pair of boots if can’t be bothered to get a care kit and take care of them properly. Follow these tips to keep your boots in tip top condition.

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• Clean and polish. If you do nothing else, regularly cleaning and polishing your boots will maintain the leather, keeping it clean and supple. Polish also help the boots to remain resistant to water, which would otherwise damage and stain the leather.

• Store your boots properly. Allow the boots to air between wears instead of placing them straight in the cupboard. By inserting boot shapers into tall boots, you can help to maintain their shape as well as better enable air flow through the boot.

• Use a non abrasive pencil eraser to remove scuff marks on your leather boots, as part of the care process. Clean the stitching with a toothbrush. Use a non-metallic scrubbing brush and some water to clean the rest of the boot.

• Basic boot care and maintenance needn’t require a lot of expensive products. Use a damp sponge to wipe off dry dust and wipe of all mud immediately or at least while still damp. Saddle soap can be used to help clean and restore leather, but keep in mind that it may ruin the finish.

• Use cedar shoe trees inserted into the toes of the boots to retain their shape and keep them from cracking.

• While the leather is still damp be sure to use a good quality leather conditioner that you can purchase at any shop offering boot care supplies. The conditioner will replace the leather’s natural oils, which will help it remain in good condition. After you have applied the product be sure to leave it overnight to dry and then buff the leather to a shine.

• Keep in mind that leather boots should be waxed or oiled in order to maintain their ability to repel water. Wet leather stretches and weakens, and when it dries it becomes brittle – using a shoe hook can help it to dry out properly and is an important part of your leather boot care.

Sally Roberts is a freelance writer with a keen interest in fashion and especially shoes and boots.

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