Behind the Scenes: Including Shoes in Our Outfit Inspiration
Hey, hi, hello there! You may have found yourself here because you’re curious about the shoes you see styled with our favorite outfits on social media. We love that you ask about them and leave heart eye emojis for your favorite pairs–we’re obsessed, too! While Wantable doesn’t currently carry footwear (yet), we love a good pair of shoes just as much as you do. We know that they’re essential when pulling together a great ensemble, so we wanted to put our best foot forward and share a bit about why we look to them as an important part of telling our style story.
Our goal at Wantable is to inspire you, and we believe a big part of that is showcasing looks completely styled from head to toe. For that reason, almost all the outfits you see in our social feeds include the perfect pair of shoes for that look. While we love showcasing the awesome bags and jewelry available in our Edits as well as playing with props, there’s just something about the right pair of shoes that can totally transform an outfit. Who knew shoes held so much power?! (Okay, maybe we did—they’re pretty magical.) We spoke to a few of our expert Wantable Stylists to see what their go-to kicks are, and it turns out they have a few favorite brands they’re all swooning over.
Stylist Picks: Our Favorite Kicks
On-Trend Style On a Budget
Aldo: Fashion-forward shoes with a modern flair.
Asos: A one-stop-shop for all of your favorite brands (and then some).
Converse: Iconic and timeless sneakers driven by self-expression.
Keds: Run-the-world kind of shoes that have been putting ladies first since 1916.
Nine West: Cutting edge shoes from a brand that celebrates the spirit and strength of women.
Target: We especially love their collaboration with Dolce Vita, DV, and in-house brand, A New Day.
Toms: Known for their slip-ons, each pair purchased gives back, supporting a variety of incredible causes.
A Bit More of an Investment
Allbirds: Comfortable, simple, and sustainable shoes crafted from Mother Nature’s materials.
Birkenstock: Premium (and currently trendy) comfort sandals with a heritage of quality construction.
Dolce Vita: Ultra-cool designs providing non-stop style inspiration.
J/Slides: Effortless casual footwear, inspired by NYC street style.
Frye: Upscale leather footwear that is durable, timeless and authentic.
M. Gemi: Premium leather shoes, handmade in Italy at accessible prices.
Nisolo: Modern handcrafted styles made ethically and sustainably.
Rothy’s: Washable, woven flats made from recycled plastic.
Sam Edelman: Unique styles inspired by timeless favorites.
Seychelles: Vintage-inspired designs with a modern twist.
Sperry: Shoes inspired by prep heritage with comfortable tried-and-true construction.
If the Shoe Fits…
Pro tip: selecting the right shoe can make or break your outfit. Here’s an inside look at how our Stylists do it.
Pointy-toed flats are a guaranteed way to keep your ensemble looking professional and polished. Not to mention, no heel means they’re perfect for non-stop days filled with meetings and errands.
Distressed denim and comfy sneaks? Yes, please. A good slip-on sneaker paired with relaxed jeans and a cool jacket creates a completely effortless look and is a great place to add a pop of pattern.
A timeless Chelsea boot is at the top of our list of shoes you should invest in. They’re a style chameleon and can pair with literally everything. If you’re stuck on which shoe to finish your outfit with, here’s the answer.
A classic white sneaker is a closet must-have. Paired with boyfriend jeans, a utility jacket, and a comfy sweater or hoodie, this casual outfit is ready for low-key plans. White sneakers are a shoe-in (see what we did there?) for jeans and joggers, but we also love to pair them with dresses and skirts for an instant street-savvy look.
A low-heeled strappy sandal is our pick when we’re looking for the perfect balance of casual and elevated style. A chunkier heel provides all-day support and takes your outfit to the next level without having to go full-blown pump. Comfort and style? Winner, winner.
Okay, honestly a strappy black heel is the shoe of our dreams. They instantly add an air of sophistication no matter where you’re headed, and we love that they’re no longer reserved for dressed up occasions anymore. They work with any outfit from a graphic tee and jeans—to a cocktail dress—and everything in between.
Your Feedback: The Sole of Wantable
Your positive feedback, questions and requests have not gone unnoticed, and we’d love to hear more about what you think. Would you like to see shoes included in our Style Edits, Fitness Edits or Men’s Fitness Edits in the future? What brands do you love? How much do you prefer to spend? We’re dying to know! Share your thoughts in the comments below.