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7 Essential Shoes for the Soft & Subtle Type 2 Woman

Do you have a wardrobe full of shoes or just a few to get the job done?

I’m somewhere in the middle. I appreciate beautiful shoes, but I also want to own shoes that I can wear with multiple outfits and get a lot of use out of.

It can be overwhelming (and expensive) to have a shoe to fit every imaginable wardrobe need. Narrowing it down to a few staple shoes that you will reach for time and time again will give you confidence to create beautiful outfits every day!

Today I want to share with you 7 essential shoes to include in your Type 2 wardrobe.

1: Wedge Heel

I prefer a wedge heel over a basic pump. A wedge is a classic Type 2 design line that will support you in creating dressier looks. Take a look at the color of your favorite dresses and skirts to determine if neutral gray or taupe would be a better fit. Or go for a soft pink or green to add some color.

You can determine what heel height would be best based on your comfort preferences. (Most Type 2s choose a lower heel height.) If you prefer a pump over a wedge, honor that preference and choose a great neutral color so you can be sure to get many uses out of it.




2: Dressier Flats

A simple flat could become your every-day, go-to shoe. Go with a neutral brown or gray, or choose a softer color like nude or blush pink.

For added detail, look for a flat with accents such as a bow, buckle, or gem. Choose your favorite toe line: oval, rounded, or soft point (my personal fave). And make sure they are comfy!




3: Ankle Boots

I purchased my first pair of ankle boots this year! I don’t know why I waited so long to jump on this trendy band wagon. (Honestly, I thought my ankles would get chilly!)

I love my ankle boots. They aren’t as bulky as tall boots, but still offer more coverage than a flat or sneaker. They are my most worn shoe this season since they look great with both jeans, skirts, and dresses! (And my ankles are staying warm, btw.)




4: Riding Boots

If you live in a cold climate, you’ll definitely want to invest in a pair of riding boots. They offer protection and warmth, and they also look great with skinny jeans and a relaxed-fit sweater. They’re usually made with a lower heel, so they’re also comfortable!

I have both gray and taupe and wear my taupe boots more. You can decide if you want a slouchy or more structured design line. I prefer less bulk on the lower half of my body, so I choose a boot that is a little more sleek in the design line.




5: Patterned Shoe

Adding pattern in your shoes creates a “connecting factor” and is such a fun touch! You’ll look like the most fashionable lady on the block. And because of all the color in the pattern, they can be worn with a wide range of outfits!




6: Casual Flats or Sneakers

I’m not talking gym shoes—I’m talking stylish comfort. There are so many options when it comes to on-the-go comfort shoes. This would be a fun place to pull in some color and add even more pattern.

You’ll want to make sure that you get ankle socks for these shoes, or find a pair that doesn’t need to be worn with socks. Otherwise, they’ll look bulky and unpolished.




7: Sandals

Is it summer yet?! My toes love to breath, so my feet love sandals.

The key here is comfort. I have gone through a lot of uncomfortable sandals – too bulky, too tight, the toe fits weird, too scratchy, etc. So make sure you buy a fit and fabric you know you’ll love. The sandals shown below can be worn up or down – very versatile.




As you know, shoes can make or break an outfit. You want to get it right! If you want to see even more great options for shoes, shop the StyleInspire!

Now I’d love to hear from you. Do you own these 7 essential shoes? What’s missing from your shoe collection? What would you add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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