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Someone asked me if I could only keep 5 pairs of shoes in my closet, which ones would I keep? These were the five essential shoes that I picked.

My 5 essential shoes in my closet

Last week on Instagram, someone asked me which shoes I would choose if I could only keep five pairs of my shoes. This was a tough question — I’m a shoe lover. But after thinking it through, these are my top five shoes in my closet…the ones I couldn’t live without!

1. White lace up sneakers

I own a few pairs of white sneakers, but my favorite pairs are these ecco sneakers and these adidas sneakers. I’ve worn and talked about them both a ton of times.

WHITE ECCO SNEAKERS | MADEWELL JEANS | MADEWELL LEATHER TOTE BAG | QUAY SUNGLASSES | SIMILAR TIE FRONT TOP

2. Black patent leather pumps

These Manolo Blahniks were actually a gift from Philip a few years ago and they’re definitely a splurge. But this pair is super similar and much more affordable.

A pair of black pumps is endlessly versatile. I do like owning pumps in other colors (leopard print and light pink are my other most worn), especially for wearing during the spring or summer, but but my black pumps definitely get the most all around use.

PLAID DRESS MADE BY ME | LEATHER BELT | BLACK PUMPS

3. Neutral pointed loafer flats

I got a pair of nude loafer flats from M.Gemi a few years ago and have worn them so many times – they’re endlessly versatile and great for making a casual outfit feel chic and sophisticated, great for the office, and nice for dressing up if you don’t want to wear heels.

Sadly they’re sold out, but THESE ONES are similar.

My other most worn flats are definitely my leopard loafer slides and my cheetah print slides.

SIMILAR FLATS | SIMILAR JEANS | SIMILAR POLKA DOT SWEATER

4. Black Chelsea Boots

It’s so hard to decide between black and brown boots in the fall and winter — some years I’m wearing my brown or tan ankle boots everyday, but this year I’ve been really into the black ankle boots. So I have to choose that one this year.

These chelsea boots are cute and super comfortable and look so great dressed up with a skirt and black tights, or down with black or dark blue jeans.

YELLOW SWEATSHIRT (code Merrick25 gets you 25% off) | MADEWELL BLACK JEANS | BLACK ANKLE BOOTS

5. Brown leather sandals

This was another splurge that my husband bought for me (he buys me all my most expensive shoes…). These Hermes sandals are perfect neutral brown leather sandals, and the kind of sandal you can wear with a dress or skirt, or with cut off shorts and a hoodie.

A good leather sandal like that is definitely an essential for me in the summer.

You don’t have to splurge on a sandal like this though, and actually lots of brands have made knock offs of this H shaped sandal, like THESE and THESE and THESE. But if this style isn’t your style, any nice leather sandal works!

SIMILAR SKIRT | DENIM JACKET | WHITE ABERCROMBIE BODYSUIT | HERMES SANDALS

What are your top 5 shoes that you would choose??

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5 Essential Shoes in My Closet

my five essentials shoes

Someone asked me if I could only keep 5 pairs of shoes in my closet, which ones would I keep? These were the five essential shoes that I picked.

 

My 5 essential shoes in my closet

Last week on Instagram, someone asked me which shoes I would choose if I could only keep five pairs of my shoes. This was a tough question — I’m a shoe lover. But after thinking it through, these are my top five shoes in my closet…the ones I couldn’t live without!

1. White lace up sneakers

I own a few pairs of white sneakers, but my favorite pairs are these ecco sneakers and these adidas sneakers. I’ve worn and talked about them both a ton of times.

sweatshirt and jeans

WHITE ECCO SNEAKERS | MADEWELL JEANS | MADEWELL LEATHER TOTE BAG | QUAY SUNGLASSES | SIMILAR TIE FRONT TOP

 

 

2. Black patent leather pumps

These Manolo Blahniks were actually a gift from Philip a few years ago and they’re definitely a splurge. But this pair is super similar and much more affordable.

A pair of black pumps is endlessly versatile. I do like owning pumps in other colors (leopard print and light pink are my other most worn), especially for wearing during the spring or summer, but but my black pumps definitely get the most all around use.

plaid dress with ruffle hem and black pointed pumps

PLAID DRESS MADE BY ME | LEATHER BELT | BLACK PUMPS

 

 

3. Neutral pointed loafer flats

I got a pair of nude loafer flats from M.Gemi a few years ago and have worn them so many times – they’re endlessly versatile and great for making a casual outfit feel chic and sophisticated, great for the office, and nice for dressing up if you don’t want to wear heels.

Sadly they’re sold out, but THESE ONES are similar.

My other most worn flats are definitely my leopard loafer slides and my cheetah print slides.

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SIMILAR FLATS | SIMILAR JEANS | SIMILAR POLKA DOT SWEATER

 

4. Black Chelsea Boots

It’s so hard to decide between black and brown boots in the fall and winter — some years I’m wearing my brown or tan ankle boots everyday, but this year I’ve been really into the black ankle boots. So I have to choose that one this year.

These chelsea boots are cute and super comfortable and look so great dressed up with a skirt and black tights, or down with black or dark blue jeans.

graphic sweatshirt with black boots and baseball cap

YELLOW SWEATSHIRT (code Merrick25 gets you 25% off) | MADEWELL BLACK JEANS | BLACK ANKLE BOOTS

 

5. Brown leather sandals

This was another splurge that my husband bought for me (he buys me all my most expensive shoes…). These Hermes sandals are perfect neutral brown leather sandals, and the kind of sandal you can wear with a dress or skirt, or with cut off shorts and a hoodie.

A good leather sandal like that is definitely an essential for me in the summer.

You don’t have to splurge on a sandal like this though, and actually lots of brands have made knock offs of this H shaped sandal, like THESE and THESE and THESE. But if this style isn’t your style, any nice leather sandal works!

denim jacket and floral midi skirt

SIMILAR SKIRT | DENIM JACKET | WHITE ABERCROMBIE BODYSUIT | HERMES SANDALS

 

What are your top 5 shoes that you would choose??

 

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3 Comments

  1. Kendra says:

    The caslon chelsea black boots you mentioned and wear often, before i make the splurge purchase and then theres some Discount code…, dO they ever go on sale?!
    I feel liKe i often finally pull the trIgger and buy some item i’ve been lurking aNd watching for mOnths, and then boom, sale!

    • Merrick says:

      I know the feeling! so frustrating. I’m sure they’ll go on sale at some point but I haven’t seen it yet!

    • Merrick says:

      Oh I forgot to mention, Nordstrom will price adjust if it goes on sale within 14 days of your purchase!

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