As tempting as it can be to stockpile your closet with feathery, sparkly, sky-high heels, they’re definitely not “essential shoes.” Yes, they look great on Instagram, but there are a select number of styles that are actually practical—pandemic or not—and stand the test of time. Think chic house slippers, white sneakers, chunky lug-sole boots, even transitional loafers. They’re easy to style, comfortable to walk in, and they’ll save you from what-to-wear moments when you’re headed out for your first sanity walk of the day. Ahead, shop the 10 essential shoes everyone should have in their closets.
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