After four or more decades dressing yourself, you’ve figured out what clothes work for you. (Yes to waist-defining dresses, no to hip-hugger jeans.) Make sure your shoe collection matches your wardrobe, and invest in these seven pairs of timeless kicks.
7 Pairs of Shoes Every Woman Over 40 Should Own
Pumps You Can Actually Walk In
Sure, a four- or five-inch heel is going to make your legs look hella long, but that doesn’t really matter if you can’t make it ten minutes without needing a Band-Aid—or a foot replacement. Find a lowish or block-heel pair that matches grace and sophistication with utility and comfort.
Get the look: Vince Camuto ($100); Botkier ($138); Mark Fisher ($160)
White Sneakers You Can Dress Up Or Down
A crisp pair of light sneakers look great with everything from boyfriend jeans and slim-cut trousers to midi skirts and shirtdresses. Just make sure to keep those white sneaks super clean.
Polished Loafers You Can Wear Every Day
Borrow from the boys and pair ’em with everything from slouchy jeans to cropped wool pants. And while you could certainly opt for any color, material or level of embellishment, a simple black leather version will never go out of style.
Get the look: Free People ($98); J.Crew ($158); Gucci ($730)
Ankle Boots You Can Wear With Anything
In the fall and winter, wear them with skinny jeans or black pants. Come spring, slip them on with a swingy skirt and you’re good to go. Stick to a mid-height, stacked heel, which is shockingly comfortable, easy to walk in and adds a flattering amount of length to your legs.
Get the look: Mark Fisher ($189); 8 By Yoox ($209); Saint Laurent ($995)
Sandals You Can Wear Instead Of Flip-flops
Real talk: You’re a grown lady, and it’s time to move past the flops—unless you’re at the pool. To ease the pain of letting go, try a pair of chic flatform sandals in a neutral color (or something metallic) that you can wear with casual shorts and maxi sundresses.
Get the look: Steve Madden ($60); Bella Vita ($80); Chloe ($595)
A Fabulous Investment Pair You Bought 'just Because'
Speaking of being a grown-ass woman: You deserve to blow half a paycheck on a pair of shoes you just love at some point in your life. This pair might not be the most practical, but they'll make you smile every time you put them on.
Get the look: Saint Laurent ($995); Manolo Blahnik ($965); Valentino ($995)
Rainboots That Don’t Ruin Your Outfit
Rainy days are a bummer, but that doesn’t mean your outfit has to bring you down. Invest in a pair of water-resistant boots that won’t totally throw off your sartorial vibe. Think: neutral colors and classic silhouettes, not polka dots or rainbow stripes.
Get the look: Hunter ($165); Jeffrey Campbell ($55); Jimmy Choo ($350)