Just like the right pair of earrings, the right pair of shoes can really add pizazz to your best black dress. It is important to consider a few things before choosing the right pair of shoes for the occasion. The key is wearing shoes that compliment your outfit rather than match it to a T. If your outfit has a lot of embellishments pair it with a simple, solid pair of shoes. Just remember: The shoes do not have to perfectly match the outfit. With a casual capri pant, Sharp Moms likes a ballet flat, thong sandal, or wedge. Try knee high boots or colorful flats when wearing skinny jeans. Not sure what shoes will look best with your short shorts? How about espadrilles, ankle strap sandals, or a nice wedge. Try sassy, kitten heel pumps with your favorite cocktail dress.

A popular shoe choice among Moms everywhere are flip flops. Many Moms will tell you that flip flops are appropriate for all occasions. However Sharp Moms believes there are a time and place for your favorite flip flops. Let’s go down the list:

DO wear flip flops with:

  • your favorite pair of jeans
  • casual shorts
  • denim skirts

DO NOT wear flip flops to:

  • Funerals
  • Churches
  • Weddings
  • Upscale restaurants

Now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s go over Sharp Moms’ Seven Shoe Must-Haves:

  1. Low heeled pump: This shoe will be great for that quick lunch date, early dinner or even a wedding or funeral.
  2. Ballet flat: You’ll want to choose a pair of flats that looks good with your best pair of jeans but not so casual that you couldn’t wear them to work with your favorite slacks.
  3. High heeled pump: This is a must have, preferably in black.
  4. Everyday shoe: You pick! From flip flops to loafers to flats, choose something that suits your style and works with your everyday routine.
  5. Sneaker: Every Mom needs a good sneaker for walks in the neighborhood or quick trips to the market. There are plenty of colors and styles to choose from, so take your time and choose a sneaker that is comfortable.
  6. A tall boot: Every wardrobe should be accompanied by a tall boot in black or brown (or both!). Cold weather calls us to wear boots with our favorite skirt or skinny jeans.
  7. Metallic Heeled pump: When black just won’t do, have a metallic pump on hand to spice up your outfit. Sharp Moms likes metallic shades of grays, whites and pastels.