Shoe styles are limitless, and while we all want a shoe collection like Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, it may not be as attainable for most of us. This is why it’s important to pick your shoe styles wisely and know how to pair them with your outfits. A few carefully chosen pairs of shoes will allow you to create unique ensembles, even if your collection is small.

What makes shoes the ultimate accessory is they are far more versatile than any jewellery or handbag you may own. And they are the one accessory you can’t go without, making them an investment to put some thought into. If you do it right, you can wear the same pair of shoes for years. So instead of having a pair of shoes to match every outfit you own, you can opt for a few timeless options.

So, here are some of the shoes your collection can’t do without and some shoe matching ideas, so you can easily build all your outfits around them. 

Chukka boots

If you’re someone who enjoys wearing boots, a more classic option to choose is the chukka boot. Typically designed to be shorter than even ankle boots, they are much easier to style with a variety of outfits. You can also pair them with some formal or smart-casual looks, depending on the chukka boots you choose. Take this black pair from Allen Solly. Detailed with a textured finish and a low heel, the shiny black shoes can be worn just as well with a pair of trousers as they can with jeans. For a casual look, team them with Levi’s blue skinny fit jeans with rolled-up cuffs and the olive green corduroy drop-sleeve crop shirt from Ginger.

Ring-toe sandals

These sandals have always been a hit for ethnic wear, be it when paired with a kurta or an ethnic dress. They are super comfortable for all-day wear, and the light embroidery or prints add a punch to your outfit.

For shoe pairing ideas, you can try Melange by Lifestyle’s pink ring-toe flat sandals with detailed embroidery on the straps paired with Biba’s printed kurta set in pink that comes with churidar pants and a matching dupatta.

Solid pumps

Pumps can be worn in a variety of settings. Three-inch peep toe pumps can add that extra oomph to your party dress, while a sober pair can elevate your work wear.

Allen Solly never fails for work wear, and these simple and elegant black pumps with wedge heels deserve a spot in your closet. As much as they would look good with trousers too, you can wear them with this wine-red skirt from Faballey and the textured square neck top from Code for a regular workday.


This shoe style hits the right balance of smart and casual and you are bound to up your style, whatever your outfit may be. You do find loafers that look more casual than others, but if you want a pair that can go with just about anything, go for these Allen Solly loafers in pink. The classic loafer style with a comfortable footbed can be worn with many different outfits.

This outfit with the tie-up neck casual top in pink from Allen Solly paired with Van Heusen’s charcoal grey trousers will give you some inspiration for what to wear to the office.

Flat sandals

Sandals are a great summer shoe, and there’s nothing more comfortable and easy-to-wear than this shoe style. They can just as easily be worn with western wear as they can be with ethnic clothing.

For a fusion look, you can make a style statement with this combination – the sleeveless gold printed top, olive green palazzos with gold motifs and the embellished flat sandals – from Melange by Lifestyle. Wear this outfit and everyone will be asking you for shoe styling tips.


These shoes are another pair needed in your summer checklist. The backless shoes are popular because they look effortlessly cool and give you the right mix of comfort and style. Easy to slip on, you will be out of the door in seconds.

Code’s bow-tie detailed mules in a gorgeous navy blue colour are perfect as all-rounder shoes. Wear it with the black round-neck top from Code tucked into the navy blue straight pants from Vero Moda. Or even wear them with a pair of shorts and a blouse.


Ballerinas are a must-have shoe style for your wardrobe. They go well with everything, and the comfort factor makes them twice as appealing. So if there’s one pair of shoes to make you a flat-shoe fan, it should be these.

One of the cute shoe styling with outfits options you have is this blue and white look. You can recreate it easily by putting together a white scoop neck top like this one from Code Classic and a textured blue skirt with a sheer layer from Faballey. Complete the ensemble by slipping on the almond-toe ballerinas from Ginger, detailed with a gold chain detailing.

Stiletto heels

No shoe collection is complete without at least one pair of stilettos. And a red pair? It’s a no-brainer why you should have one!

Strut your stuff in this uber-chic pair from Code with a glossy finish. A muted dress like the black tie-up wrap dress from Faballey will let your shoes shine. You could up the ante by adding a red clutch to the mix.

Lace-up shoes

What’s not to love about lace-up shoes, right? They are so comfy for everyday use, and if you pick the right one, they’ll look fabulous too. If you like quirky designs that stand out, try Skechers’ printed lace-up shoes with cutesy dog motifs. The best way to wear them is with some comfy denim – ONLY’s relaxed fit crop jeans with an elasticated waist are the perfect bet for this. Team it with a casual top like the spaghetti-sleeved top from Ginger, and you’re good to go.


Who can forget sneakers? Every girl deserves a pair of sneakers so she can take time out for some TLC. Whether you go for a walk in the park or hit the gym, sneakers are what you need.

The training shoes in rust brown from Skechers check all the boxes and can be easily paired with your athletic wear – the dark brown elasticated tights and the colour-blocked sports bra from Kappa will give you some inspiration.

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