Shoes are a total mood changer and every girl’s best friend, so it’s natural to want to stay a step ahead of the crowd with the season’s must-haves. But before you put excess strain on your credit card, make sure you have statement staples. What do we mean by statement staples? You want to look out for basic, essential shoes with an edge. This way, you will have wardrobe essentials that will last you many more seasons. Here’s how:

1. The ugly sneaker

First of all, is it still considered an ‘ugly’ sneaker when everyone around the world is swooning over it? This not-so-ugly ugly baby is a major game changer because its drama uplifts any basic denim and T-shirt outfit. Shelflife South Africa is currently retailing this affordable Adidas version of the Yeezy Wave Runner and infamous Balenciaga Triple S. Many are fearful of this trend because of its bulkiness and loud colours, but then again, who doesn’t like a norm-core touch to their outfit?

Adidas sneakers R2 599 Shelflife


2. The loafer

Honestly, loafers are like the Chucks or tennis shoes of officewear. They’re so versatile and timeless that they easily work with any outfit. And this style of shoe can be a discreet cheat to achieving both comfort and style when paired with a crisp, white shirt and cropped joggers.

JW Anderson loafers R1 334 Maison Mara


3. Animal print

People tend to shy away from animal print but the trick to making it work is to pair it with black, anything white, or gold accessories. These Steve Madden heels are textured and have a classic sex appeal, thanks to the flattering d’Orsay cut, which elegantly reveals your foot.

Heels R1 399 Steve Madden


4. A sophisticated sock boot

Who knew that ‘sophisticated’ and ‘sock boot’ could be in one sentence. Well, think again, because Spitz is eradicating the Kardashian stigma we attached to this boot. What we love about this shoe is that it can be worn by women of all ages with basically anything. The detailing also sets the shoe apart from most sock boots and gives it character.

Boot R9 995 Spitz

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