Worth It : Shoes, Part 1

That’s right, shoes part 1. There will be a part 2. I mean how could I not break essential shoes up into two lists? This part one includes the all important classic black shoe. I decided to break out essential shoes into black and nude, since those can usually get you through any outfit you can come up with. 

Lately (in fact I think 90% of my January outfits have featured a black boot or heel) I’ve been reaching for my classic black pumps or booties. They complete so many outfits. An outfit can fall a part if you don’t have the right base. Shoes are always the last thing I want to invest in, but always the first things I reach for over and over again. Below I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite shoes or shoe styles that I consider to be essentials in my closet from fall to summer and all year round. If I’m going to invest, then I’m going to look for quality in material and construction (typically leather for material) so that I can not only get lots of wear out of my shoes but also keep them for a long time. For instance, my black heels that I wear a lot are such a classic shape and style that I can hopefully keep for many years. 
It was also quite hard to limit myself to what styles I really consider an investment. I mean there are a lot of shoes out there so I looked to my past posts to see what I truly get the most wear out of. Granted you never see me in flats on here but I wear them a lot outside of the blog. Got to keep things real. πŸ˜‰
7 shoes to consider when investing in your closet:
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What is the essential black shoe (or shoes) in your closet? 

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  1. Heidi says:

    This is such a great list! The only thing I would add would be a pair of black peep toe pumps. They can be paired with almost any dress and save you a bundle on fancy footwear.

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  2. the classic pump, for sure! I’ve actually found that JCrew shoes are incredibly painful, but that might be because of my platypus feet…

    http://www.from-thelionsden.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  3. I agree with all of these! I actually have 2 types of black pump, a thicker heel like above and stiletto. I honestly LOVE this series, Kendi. I’m in the point in my life where I’m moving around a bit and need to only keep essentials… this is really helping me keep my closet at a minimum but with efficiency. Thank you! xx

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  4. Valerie says:

    my current black shoe essentials are pointed flats from steve madden, pointy heels from zara and sam edelman ankle boots with a slight heel!

    xx, valerie @ lilyonfillmore.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  5. amywheaton says:

    Love this! I live in Nova Scotia and I would add Sorels to the list for the coldest and snowiest winter days. These are all great picks!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  6. Natalie says:

    I’ve been drooling over those Madewell boots forever! Need to have them!!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  7. Q says:

    the Madewell booties are very cute.

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

    01.30.14 · Reply
  8. Totally agree with this list! Black and nude shoes are such versatile pieces, looking forward to your part II.

    Choo Choo
    http://choochooli.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  9. jesscuellar says:

    this is really helpful. i’ve been debating the investment in a black pump, as i seem to buy a new pair for under $50 every two-three years. i’d love to find one to last longer.

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/01/spruce.html

    01.30.14 · Reply
  10. Grace says:

    I’m all about those neutral colors. Love those Madewell boots. And a rockin’ pair of flats seems to be a closet no-brainer! Love it.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  11. I love a rounded toe black pump for tights & skirt/dress in the winter and a pointy toe pump in the warmer months for bare leg dresses and work pants. You can never have too many black (or nude) shoes!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  12. the j crew pumps are delicious!

    becky,

    accooohtrements.wordpress.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  13. shoes are very important!!

    I def. invest in them. Shoes, bags, good pants and jewelry

    Xo,

    Belen

    http://blog.androbel.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  14. Nikell says:

    Great selection! I have a pair of super comfy black ballet flats…a serious must have.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  15. AggieMeg says:

    Tieks are the best flats I have ever owned and are worth the price! Everyone should own at least one pair. The only bad thing is they can only be purchased online, so you can’t try them on. After buying my first pair, I will not waste a dime on any other flat. Try a pair– you won’t be disappointed.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  16. Alex Nguyen says:

    Wow, such great choices! Thanks for sharing! <3
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.wordpress.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  17. fashionforgiants says:

    My Born Crown black ankle boots. I wear them at least three times a week all fall and winter.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  18. Yes, ma’am those gorgeous shoes are worth every penny. I love that you are doing this series.

    xx
    Here&Now

    Enter to win a $500 shopping spree!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  19. rhiannon says:
    01.30.14 · Reply
  20. Kathleen DeSouza says:

    Really beautiful shoes.
    I need a new flat, Id rather buy an over the knee boot.
    priorities.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  21. Allie says:

    I have a pair of black flat knee-high boots, and I wear them allllll winter long. Unfortunately they’re starting to scuff on the toes!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  22. Jess says:

    I think I would have to go with a knee high boot. Mainly because I keep getting Sabrina the Teenage witch flash backs of those pvc over the knee boots that came up mid thigh? haha Of course, the ones you picked out are far more gorgeous. But I just can’t shake the fear of me looking a little too much like I have just rocked out of an 80s glam rock band . . .

    and I’d sorta want to double up in brown since I have a softer wardrobe palette πŸ™‚ I love this series though, very cool can’t wait for part 2!
    jess xx

    01.30.14 · Reply
  23. Iliyana Licheva says:
    01.30.14 · Reply
  24. Kimberly Ann says:

    Love this post! On point πŸ™‚

    Kim
    http://trendkeeper.me

    01.30.14 · Reply
  25. I wish I could have them all πŸ™‚ Great post, I need to start saving for those clogs, love them!

    xo
    Christa
    http://www.gardeniasandmint.wordpress.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  26. I totally agree will this shoe essential list. Great picks!
    Jessica

    the way to my Hart

    01.30.14 · Reply
  27. I share your love for the classic black shoe, and here is a post to prove it πŸ™‚
    http://angeladissected.blogspot.com/2012/12/black-heels-and-revelations.html

    01.30.14 · Reply
  28. I totally get why there would be a part 2! I think I have almost all of these, but you really do get a lot of use out of a black shoe.
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  29. GREAT black shoes line up! You hit all the must haves! Great affordable picks.

    OUTFIT POST:: SNOW LEOPARD

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com
    http://www.eyelikefashion.com
    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

    xoxo

    01.30.14 · Reply
  30. Anne says:

    Are those Sam Edelman sanded or DV?

    01.30.14 · Reply
  31. the black pump and leather clogs are my favorite. i am in serious need of some new black shoes so i really appreciate this roundup!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  32. Renee says:

    What do you suggest for someone falls and has trouble finding comfortable shoes? I don’t like to wear heels. But I love how they look.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  33. Renee says:

    That was supposed to say tall.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  34. Heidi says:

    This is such a great list! The only thing I would add would be a pair of black peep toe pumps. They can be paired with almost any dress and save you a bundle on fancy footwear.

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  35. the classic pump, for sure! I've actually found that JCrew shoes are incredibly painful, but that might be because of my platypus feet…

    http://www.from-thelionsden.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  36. Supal says:

    I agree with all of these! I actually have 2 types of black pump, a thicker heel like above and stiletto. I honestly LOVE this series, Kendi. I'm in the point in my life where I'm moving around a bit and need to only keep essentials… this is really helping me keep my closet at a minimum but with efficiency. Thank you! xx

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  37. Valerie says:

    my current black shoe essentials are pointed flats from steve madden, pointy heels from zara and sam edelman ankle boots with a slight heel!

    xx, valerie @ lilyonfillmore.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  38. amywheaton says:

    Love this! I live in Nova Scotia and I would add Sorels to the list for the coldest and snowiest winter days. These are all great picks!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  39. Natalie says:

    I've been drooling over those Madewell boots forever! Need to have them!!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  40. Q says:

    the Madewell booties are very cute.

    http://www.myclayexperience.com/

    01.30.14 · Reply
  41. Totally agree with this list! Black and nude shoes are such versatile pieces, looking forward to your part II.

    Choo Choo
    http://choochooli.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  42. jesscuellar says:

    this is really helpful. i've been debating the investment in a black pump, as i seem to buy a new pair for under $50 every two-three years. i'd love to find one to last longer.

    http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2014/01/spruce.html

    01.30.14 · Reply
  43. I'm all about those neutral colors. Love those Madewell boots. And a rockin' pair of flats seems to be a closet no-brainer! Love it.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  44. I love a rounded toe black pump for tights & skirt/dress in the winter and a pointy toe pump in the warmer months for bare leg dresses and work pants. You can never have too many black (or nude) shoes!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  45. the j crew pumps are delicious!

    becky,

    accooohtrements.wordpress.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  46. Androbel says:

    shoes are very important!!

    I def. invest in them. Shoes, bags, good pants and jewelry

    Xo,

    Belen

    http://blog.androbel.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  47. Nikell says:

    Great selection! I have a pair of super comfy black ballet flats…a serious must have.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  48. AggieMeg says:

    Tieks are the best flats I have ever owned and are worth the price! Everyone should own at least one pair. The only bad thing is they can only be purchased online, so you can't try them on. After buying my first pair, I will not waste a dime on any other flat. Try a pair– you won't be disappointed.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  49. Alex Nguyen says:

    Wow, such great choices! Thanks for sharing! <3
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.wordpress.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  50. Courtney Parker says:

    Love those booties!
    http://www.loveandclothing.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  51. fashionforgiants says:

    My Born Crown black ankle boots. I wear them at least three times a week all fall and winter.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  52. Yes, ma'am those gorgeous shoes are worth every penny. I love that you are doing this series.

    xx
    Here&Now

    Enter to win a $500 shopping spree!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  53. rhiannon says:
    01.30.14 · Reply
  54. $92836691 says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I just started blogging myself, and would really appreciate it if you could check mine out in any free time you have! I post about travel, yoga, meditation, health and fitness, beauty, and more. I would love to stay in contact with you.. maybe we could follow each other’s blogs? Thank you so much!

    I’d appreciate it if anyone else followed me too πŸ™‚ I just started and I will obviously follow you back !!

    http://lifelation.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  55. Kathleen DeSouza says:

    Really beautiful shoes.
    I need a new flat, Id rather buy an over the knee boot.
    priorities.

    01.30.14 · Reply
  56. Allie says:

    I have a pair of black flat knee-high boots, and I wear them allllll winter long. Unfortunately they're starting to scuff on the toes!

    01.30.14 · Reply
  57. Christa says:

    I wish I could have them all πŸ™‚ Great post, I need to start saving for those clogs, love them!

    xo
    Christa
    http://www.gardeniasandmint.wordpress.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  58. I totally agree will this shoe essential list. Great picks!
    Jessica

    the way to my Hart

    01.30.14 · Reply
  59. gorgeous black shoe options! mine are the same as yours above – classic black shoes for every season

    http://www.ladiesinnavy.com/

    01.30.14 · Reply
  60. I totally get why there would be a part 2! I think I have almost all of these, but you really do get a lot of use out of a black shoe.
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    01.30.14 · Reply
  61. GREAT black shoes line up! You hit all the must haves! Great affordable picks.

    OUTFIT POST:: SNOW LEOPARD

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com
    http://www.eyelikefashion.com
    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

    xoxo

    01.30.14 · Reply
  62. Anne says:

    Are those Sam Edelman sanded or DV?

    01.30.14 · Reply
  63. the black pump and leather clogs are my favorite. i am in serious need of some new black shoes so i really appreciate this roundup!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  64. Renee says:

    What do you suggest for someone falls and has trouble finding comfortable shoes? I don't like to wear heels. But I love how they look.

    01.31.14 · Reply
  65. Renee says:

    That was supposed to say tall.

    01.31.14 · Reply
  66. Mica says:

    I agree that nude and black are definite essentials! When my knee injury healed up enough for me to wear heels again, I scored a black and a nude pair on sale, they are great basics! πŸ™‚

    Away From Blue

    01.31.14 · Reply
  67. Courtney Parker says:

    Love those booties!
    http://www.loveandclothing.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  68. Lifelation says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous! I just started blogging myself, and would really appreciate it if you could check mine out in any free time you have! I post about travel, yoga, meditation, health and fitness, beauty, and more. I would love to stay in contact with you.. maybe we could follow each other's blogs? Thank you so much!

    I'd appreciate it if anyone else followed me too πŸ™‚ I just started and I will obviously follow you back !!

    http://lifelation.blogspot.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  69. Elisa Taviti says:

    Love the pants πŸ™‚

    My Fantabulous World

    01.31.14 · Reply
  70. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    gorgeous black shoe options! mine are the same as yours above – classic black shoes for every season

    http://www.ladiesinnavy.com/2013/09/at-home.html

    01.31.14 · Reply
  71. My OTK boots have become a staple for sure and my pointy toe pumps. I just got a pair of D’orsay black flats but haven’t been able to wear them yet in this Upstate NY weather!

    xo, Nina

    afterthe40barfinish

    01.31.14 · Reply
  72. Bee says:

    Great post!! Is it bad that when I think about what I would choose for a new black shoe my mind automatically jumps to leopard? Looking forward to Part Duece!!

    01.31.14 · Reply
  73. Mica says:

    I agree that nude and black are definite essentials! When my knee injury healed up enough for me to wear heels again, I scored a black and a nude pair on sale, they are great basics! πŸ™‚

    Away From Blue

    01.31.14 · Reply
  74. Nikki says:

    that j.crew classic black pump is perfect!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  75. Sasa Zoe says:

    Love your picks! Definitely worth investing those shoes:) <3

    http://www.shallwesasa.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  76. LEM says:

    I learned this lesson about shoes the same way I did about bags: I’d buy a super cheap pair that I loved and a week later they were completely shot and I’d have to throw them out.

    My secret now is ebay – you can find TONS of classic styles in real leather from great designer brands for a lot less than you’d normally pay. I recently bought a pair of suede Via Spiga wedge booties for $50 and they are goooooooorgeous.

    01.31.14 · Reply
  77. Agi says:

    Quality vs quantity. It pays off.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  78. I definitely need to learn to invest in shoes rather than buying cheap trendy pairs. The price tag is always just so scary!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

    01.31.14 · Reply
  79. Black boots are a must, especially for the long winters we have here!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    01.31.14 · Reply
  80. Elisa Taviti says:

    Love the pants πŸ™‚

    My Fantabulous World

    01.31.14 · Reply
  81. I’ve been searching for a classic black pump that isn’t a stiletto and those J. Crew ones hit the mark! This list is great! I would also add Steve Madden’s patent flats. They are my go-to when I know I’m going to be on my feet all day and heels or boots aren’t options.
    xoox Allie / Joy and Ivy

    01.31.14 · Reply
  82. My OTK boots have become a staple for sure and my pointy toe pumps. I just got a pair of D'orsay black flats but haven't been able to wear them yet in this Upstate NY weather!

    xo, Nina

    afterthe40barfinish

    01.31.14 · Reply
  83. Bee says:

    Great post!! Is it bad that when I think about what I would choose for a new black shoe my mind automatically jumps to leopard? Looking forward to Part Duece!!

    01.31.14 · Reply
  84. nikki says:

    that j.crew classic black pump is perfect!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  85. Sasa Zoe says:

    Love your picks! Definitely worth investing those shoes:) <3

    http://www.shallwesasa.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  86. Lauren E. says:

    I learned this lesson about shoes the same way I did about bags: I'd buy a super cheap pair that I loved and a week later they were completely shot and I'd have to throw them out.

    My secret now is ebay – you can find TONS of classic styles in real leather from great designer brands for a lot less than you'd normally pay. I recently bought a pair of suede Via Spiga wedge booties for $50 and they are goooooooorgeous.

    01.31.14 · Reply
  87. Agi says:

    Quality vs quantity. It pays off.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

    01.31.14 · Reply
  88. Lisa says:

    when you do nude, feel free to pick nudes in darker shades as well for diverse skin tones!!! πŸ™‚

    was that a shameless plug to ask for help? maybe….

    01.31.14 · Reply
  89. Allie says:

    I've been searching for a classic black pump that isn't a stiletto and those J. Crew ones hit the mark! This list is great! I would also add Steve Madden's patent flats. They are my go-to when I know I'm going to be on my feet all day and heels or boots aren't options.
    xoox Allie / Joy and Ivy

    01.31.14 · Reply
  90. Lisa says:

    when you do nude, feel free to pick nudes in darker shades as well for diverse skin tones!!! πŸ™‚

    was that a shameless plug to ask for help? maybe….

    01.31.14 · Reply
  91. Zoey says:

    Kendi, you have such great taste!! Love them all, especially the over the knee boots!! I’m thinking I might spoil myself and get a pair. But before I get them, I wanted to ask you if they were comfortable and true to size? Thanks.

    02.03.14 · Reply
  92. Zoey says:

    Kendi, you have such great taste!! Love them all, especially the over the knee boots!! I'm thinking I might spoil myself and get a pair. But before I get them, I wanted to ask you if they were comfortable and true to size? Thanks.

    02.03.14 · Reply
  93. Meghan Ouellette says:

    i get the question all the time from my fiance…why do you need another pair of black shoes…I’ll show him this post. =)

    PolkaDots & Lace

    02.03.14 · Reply
  94. Meghan Ouellette says:

    i get the question all the time from my fiance…why do you need another pair of black shoes…I'll show him this post. =)

    PolkaDots & Lace

    02.04.14 · Reply
  95. Jennifer Spain says:

    I love the shoes, and this is a great way to organize them. On a different note, I would really love it if your posts were readable in Feedly/other RSS aggregators. Pretty please πŸ™‚

    02.07.14 · Reply
  96. Brooke says:

    Love your choices for the basics. I also just recently bought these shoe clips which extend my basic pumps.

    http://shop.avon.com/product.aspx?pf_id=49745

    02.08.14 · Reply
  97. Brooke says:

    Love your choices for the basics. I also just recently bought these shoe clips which extend my basic pumps.

    http://shop.avon.com/product.aspx?pf_id=49745

    02.08.14 · Reply
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