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    28 Pairs Of Shoes To Instantly Refresh Your Wardrobe

    If there was one thing I learned from What Not To Wear (besides the importance of color, texture, pattern, and shine and where to shop in the West Village) it's that shoes set the tone for an outfit.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. On-trend slingback flats with designer-worthy details like a color-blocked grosgrain strap and pearl-embellished buckle. Honestly, it doesn't even matter what the rest of your OOTD is — everyone's eyes are gonna go right to your feet in these babies.


    Ahem, my eyes are up here!!!

    Promising review: "These shoes are absolutely amazing! I never usually get compliments on my shoes. I decided I wanted to be more fashionable and these hit the mark. So many compliments!!! Also, pretty comfortable too. Most flats kill my heel with blisters and the like. Didn’t have to break these in!" —Mercedes Taylor

    Get them from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in sizes 5-9 and in three colors).

    2. Gorgeous and Gucci-esque mules here to give you serious bang for you buck(le) and make your plain flats weep with jealousy as they get shoved to the back of your closet., Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow, what a steal. These look great. Good value and quality, true to size, and comfortable. Highly recommend a good slip-on shoe; perfect for summertime in the workplace or to tie your outfit together at brunch. I want them in black now too." —LC

    Get them from Amazon for $36.95+ (available in sizes 6-11 and in eight colors and prints).

    3. OMG-worthy horoscope symbol-print platform Mary Janes any astrology geek will end up pairing with every outfit for the foreseeable future — it's ~written in the stars~.

    model wearing black faux patent, chunky, low-heel shoes with the different horoscope signs printed all over them in bright colors

    They're by super cool vegan shoe brand Koi Footwear, which makes lots of equally statement-making styles and which I totally recommend following on Insta.

    Promising review: "Eye-catcher. Compliment magnet. People asked where I got these." —Asos customer

    Get them from Asos for $59 (available in UK sizes 3-8, which are approximately US sizes 5-10).

    4. Shockingly affordable pointy-toe loafer flats that'll finish off a jeans look with way more panache than basic ballets.


    Promising review: "Comfortable. These shoes have great cushion and look very fashionable." —BKing

    Get them from Amazon for $11.93+ (available in sizes 5.5-12 and in five colors and prints).

    5. Amazingly affordable metallic d'orsay wedges with a heel so manageable, you'll happily swap out your flats for a stylish height *and* mood boost.


    Some reviewers say they run small.

    Promising review: "Chic and comfortable. Looks good with denim jeans or skirts. Low heel but still sexy." —Just D

    Get them from Amazon for $19.23 (available in sizes 5.5-11 and in three colors).

    6. Blue velvet oxfords that are almost too chic to be allowed. Truly — in the words of JVN, who gave you permission? Put these on with a striped tee and jeans and I might faint from fabulousness.

    A model wearing the round toe, royal blue flats with tan laces

    These beauties are handmade in Greece!

    Get them from Aeliasandals on Etsy for $99 (available in sizes 4-11 and with vegan or real leather lining and in red here).

    7. Low-heeled sandals with scalloped straps sure to ~wiggle~ their way into your heart, especially when you see how they (literally) elevate dresses and skirts you've typically worn with flat sandals.,

    Plus, they zip up in the back so you'll never have to futz with an annoying buckle 🙌. Some reviewers recommend sizing down.

    Promising review: "This shoe is extremely comfortable!!! It is also very minimalistic. The shoes add just the right amount of flair to make any outfit stand out!" —Celenna Duet

    Get them from Amazon for $27.90+ (available in sizes 5.5-11 and in nine colors).

    8. Posh ruffle detail pumps, which would be especially great for making serious office wear feel a bit more fun. And after hours? They'll be compliment magnets at future get-togethers, too.,

    Some reviewers say they run small!

    Promising review "The shoes look just like the picture. Overall the shoes are comfy, beautiful,and can be worn with any type outfit — jeans, dress, or slacks. I will get a lot of use from them." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $40.99 (available in sizes 5.5-12 and in five colors).

    9. Badass chunky heel, studded booties to instantly add a touch of rock 'n' roll to an ensemble. Please buy these and pair them with boyfriend jeans, floral dresses and tights, and silky skirts so I can live vicariously through you and your sartorial pursuits.

    Model wearing the black high heeled booties with a silver zipper and stud details at the back of the ankle

    Promising review: "I love these boots and will be purchasing a different color in the near future. They fit as expected. Plenty of room in the toe box so toes aren't squished together when walking, and they're very comfortable to wear all day. Quality is very good. They are clunky but I love it." —Trina

    Get them from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in sizes 5.5-11 and in five styles).

    10. Platform oxfords that could pass for designer. You can pop 'em on any time you're tempted to just wear your go-to sneakers for a much more polished look.


    Promising review: "I love these shoes!!! I don't typically write long reviews, but I really love that I bought these. I bought them a week before a trip to Iceland and France with no time to break them in. They were great! It was rainy in Iceland and I wore these everywhere — they still look great and the platform kept me elevated enough that I never worried about puddles or anything getting my feet wet. I wore those on all the little sightseeing stops waking through dirt and lava fields. Comfy like a sneaker, but better looking. They elevated casual outfits — like navy capris and a white tee — to be a little more sophisticated-looking, which came out great in photos. I can wear these with no-show socks and without socks. With no-show socks they are roomy enough that I had no rub. I also had a stranger or two compliment me on my cool shoes. Overall, super awesome and a great value." —Justina Pfister

    Get them from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 5-10 and in five colors).

    11. Positively drool-worthy Betsey Johnson wedges featuring pastels, florals, mixed materials...all your fashion dreams basically (or at least mine). If a picture is worth 1,000 words, please see my 2,000 word essay below on my spring outfit plans.

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed

    Yup, it's basically just these shoes.

    I just bought these and I am irrationally (?) excited about them, in case you couldn't tell. As someone who doesn't wear leather for ethical reasons, Betsey Johnson is my holy grail for swoon-worthy statement shoes that could pass for an even splurgier designer brand. They also just fit me so well and are really wearable IRL, even if they're wild! I haven't worn this particular pair yet, but I'm so excited to, particularly with boyfriend jeans and eventually sundresses or rompers. No, they are not walking shoes, but I think I can handle the heel. I haven't worn wedges in ages, but I feel like they're coming back in style and these have single-handedly (footedly?) gotten me back on board with them.

    Get them from Macy's for $79 (available in sizes 5-11 and in two colors).

    12. Cool metallic flatform slides that'll put your flip-flops to shame and make your well-loved jeans look suddenly snazzy.

    reviewer in the double strap slides in gold with white chunky soles
    @stylishserenityblog on Instagram / Via

    Promising review: "Bought these last year and I totally adore them! I love everything silver and gold. These slides are comfy plus affordable — my favorite combo! You can style them with just about anything. I love them so much I wrote a whole blog post about them on my website. Highly recommend!" —Ksenia

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 5-10 and in two colors).

    13. Flatform organic cotton sneakers to ~kick~ every casual look up a notch.


    They can be machine washed!

    Get them from Everlane for $70 (available in sizes 5-11 and in four colors).

    14. Sparkly-paneled ankle booties you'll find youself reaching for multiple times a week, because you understand the universal truth that everything is better with glitter — including outfits that looked kinda blah with regular boots.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE these boots! The sparkles don’t fall off at all and they are SO comfy for heels. The heels have a sole type on the bottom that offers some cushion when you walk and doesn’t make as loud of a noise. Plus they’re a perfect fit. I ordered the size shoe that I usually wear and they fit perfectly with a normal pair of socks. If you plan on wearing them a lot with thicker socks, I would get a size up. Overall SO CUTE and a great quality. Highly recommend!" —Shyanne Hall

    Get them from Amazon for $28.21+ (available in sizes 5.5-12 and in three colors).

    15. Show-stoppingly gorgeous jeweled ankle-strap flats for anyone who thought you needed heels to finish a dressy look. These babies are laughing in your face.

    the bright blue satin pointed-toe flats with a slingback strap and jeweled ankle straps
    Aminah Abdul Jillil

    They're from a fabulous Black woman-owned shoe line full of glam statement designs.

    Pre-order them (expected back in stock April 25) from Aminah Abdul Jillil for $395 (available in sizes 6-11 and in more colors here).

    16. Super chic kitten heel booties worthy of a modern day Carrie Bradshaw (we'll see how the reboot goes...) and that you can style with anything from jeans to party dresses. ~And just like that~, suddenly that fit-and-flare you've worn a zillion times feels like a whole new outfit.


    Promising review: "Comfortable is an understatement. I love the style and wearability of the boots even when running around at work or walking to and from the bus. Easy on the feet and the pocketbook and they go with so many outfits. I will order another pair in another color." —Davvlyn

    Get them from Amazon for $57.99+ (available in sizes 5.5-10.5 and in eight styles).

    17. Pride-month (and every month)-ready rainbow heart heeled sandals my jaw legit dropped when I saw. It's 2021 — it's time to acknowledge rainbow as a neutral.

    the yellow sandals with embroidered rainbow heart T straps

    Get them from ModCloth for $119 (available in sizes 36-41).

    18. Luxe-looking jeweled mules (isn't that fun to say?) that are so glam up top but have flexible, grippy soles on the bottom. They're so easy to slide on with a casual jeans outfit to take it from 0 to 100 real quick.

    Katy Herman/BuzzFeed,

    Reviewers recommend sizing up! I treated myself to these earlier this year and forgot to do so, but they still fit well (my heel is just a teeeeeny bit over the edge in the back, but I don't mind because they stay on my foot more easily and the front part stretches with wear). I'm honestly obsessed — I can't believe how affordable they were, especially considering how high fashion they look. They just make me smile!!! The grippy soles give a nice cushion and are for some reason printed with fruit designs? Can't explain it but only adds to the happy feet feels these give me. Oh, and they're compliment magnets on Insta, too.

    Promising review: "Better than the photo! I actually love the look of this shoe even more than I thought I would! It goes with so many things and looks more expensive than it is. I took off one star because it is slightly harder to keep on my foot than most of my slides. Not a ton of padding, so not much for my foot to grip. But it's only a small issue and I got used to it. If you are used to wearing slides this should not be an issue. Super cute shoe overall!" —carrie

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes 5.5-10.5 and in three colors and prints).

    19. Western-chic faux-suede fringed boots, because it's still a bit too cold for bare legs in many places (sigh) but you need *something* to help you wear your spring frocks ASAP.

    model wearing the pointed toe, just-below-the-knee height boots in black with fringe on the sides
    Beginning Boutique

    Beginning Boutique is a woman-owned Australian shop with a huge selection of trendy clothes and accessories!

    Get them from Beginning Boutique for $59.99 (originally $89.99; available in sizes 5-10).

    20. Major wedge sandals ideal for breathing new life into midis and maxis you've worn on repeat the past three summers. The sky's the limit for new styling possibilities with these sky-high (yet still comfy!?!) beauties., Amazon

    Promising review: "Super cute and comfy wedges. It has great arch support and I can walk easily and comfortably in them. Super excited for summer to get here so I can wear them more!" —jessica litvinoff

    Get them from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in sizes 6-10 and in four colors).

    21. A splurge-worthy pair of Agnes Bethel heels that are pretty much the hottest pair of pumps you'll ever see and are made for revitalizing an old LBD.

    A model wearing the ankle strap stilettos colorblocked with red, black, and leopard. the ankle straps have a gold turnlock fastening
    Agnes Bethel

    Agnes Bethel shoes are all handmade in Italy and designed by married couple Justice and Leslie Bessent.

    Get them from Agnes Bethel for $575 (available in sizes 35-43).

    22. Color-blocked Chelsea rain boots, because TBH your usual rainy-day outfit of an oversized sweater, leggings, and tall clunky rain boots is starting to feel as dreary as the weather outside. You can rock these with pretty much anything and stay stylish even when the forecast is gross.


    Promising review: "Much more comfortable than my Lands' End boots; I wore them all day working outside and even though I just got them yesterday, they didn’t need to be broken in. Not stiff at all. Perfect garden, yard work, rain, and Northern Coast beach shoes. I bought them in navy and they look like they’re patent leather. I’m very picky and I have not one complaint about these. Looked narrow when I brought them out of the box — a concern since I have wide feet — but they felt fine. Worth every penny." —HRH Catherine Anne

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes 5/6-10/11 and in 11 colors).

    23. Cool kicks that are basically wedges, sneakers, and booties all at once, so you're getting the best of all shoe worlds. And yeah, that also means there are very few outfits you couldn't rock these with.

    the tan slip on laceless wedges with perforated details

    Promising review: "I loved the look of these, so I purchased both colors! Was surprised how comfortable they are and how nice they look on!! Much better than some much more expensive brands!" —vlc

    Get them from Target for $30.39 (originally $37.99; available in sizes 5-12 regular and wide and in two colors).

    24. Stiletto-heeled thigh-high boots, because you don't need to splurge on a Stuart Weitzman pair to get this fashion influencer-worthy look that instantly makes an old pair of skinny jeans or leggings ~fancy~.


    4Twenty4 is a Black woman-owned boutique based in Seattle that stocks all kinds of chic-but-affordable fashion finds.

    Get them from 4Twenty4 for $65 (available in sizes 6.5-10).

    25. Posh quilted espadrille flats ready to send your current go-to flats into early retirement. These will give the clothes you've rocking for months a warm-weather twist.

    black and tan quilted espadrille flats
    Forever 21

    Reviewers say they run small!

    Get them from Forever 21 for $22.99 (available in sizes 6-10 and in two colors).

    26. Chunky sole combat booties to add a cool ~kick~ to everything from jeans to floral dresses. Plus, the side zipper means you don't have to constantly tie and untie them to get them on and off, so you'll actually want to wear them with every outfit.


    Promising review: "Love these boots. OMG they are so cute. I get so many compliments on them at work! My only issue is they make a squeaking noise when walking around, but only on the right boot. They are also really comfortable. I just love them! Glad I took a chance and bought them." —Mother Of Cats

    Get them from Amazon for $48.99+ (available in sizes 6-10 and in four colors).

    27. On-trend muted green mules that'll go with ~olive~ your spring outfits, but especially cuffed jeans and midi dresses — any hemline that'll show 'em off.

    model wearing the slim-heeled mules
    Lilly's Kloset

    They're from a Black woman-owned business!

    Get them from Lilly's Kloset for $48 (available in sizes 5.5-11 and in more colors here).

    28. And finally, some fuzzy slide slippers, because your pajamas are an outfit too and after all this time, your WFH uniform could use a refresh, too.,

    Promising review: "They are super soft and comfy PLUS they are open-toed — perfect summer slippers. Hard sole for outside wear but padded and comfy. I bought them because I am teleworking through the pandemic and therefore working in my pajamas, and I love it! Anyway, I have hardwood floors throughout the house so I like to wear slippers, but Uggs and Dearfoams were both too hot! These are perfect! Great price too!!!." —Ms. Michelle

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes 5/6-9.5/10.5 and in 10 colors and prints).

    Proof a new pair of shoes can change your life:


    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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