I’m no stranger to having a perfectly curated minimalist wardrobe, but one thing we have yet to cover (and I have no clue why) is minimalist shoes! The thing is, it’s so amazing to have a few go-to shoes in your closet that you know will go with just about anything in your closet! I personally try to stick with white, tan and black. Fancy, I know. Typical minimalist, right? Don’t go thinking I’m so vanilla just yet though. Check out the shoe inspiration I have gathered for you today! These are minimalist style shoes that I swear will go with anything! (Basically…)
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Are you a shoe splurger?
Back before I was practicing minimalism, one of my biggest struggles was spending too much money on shoes every month! I even had a monthly shoe membership!
While I loved a lot of the shoes I bought, the truth is, like most things in my closet, there was only a few that I really wanted to wear all the time!
If you tend to go a little bananas on shoes and your closet is starting to overflow, you might like the mini course I created called Shopping Rehab!
The Shopping Rehab course helps you learn the inside sales tactics stores use so you can always be one step ahead when shopping. Plus, I teach you how to shop smarter so you are sure to have a closet of stuff you love — and not be totally broke come pay day! Click here to learn more about Shopping Rehab.
Quality over quantity
I know it can be so tempting seeing celebrities or influencers rocking some seriously sexy shoes, but like I said, at the end of the day, if they aren’t being worn, you’re really the one missing out.
Instead, work to learn your unique style and shoe needs so you can be selective when choosing what works for you.
I know I used to rock 5 inch heels all the time (because I thought I needed to always look sexy for hubby — so silly). Now, I am all about cute, comfy and practical.
Check out some of the minimalist shoe options below and imagine what ones you can see yourself turning to the most frequently. That way you can make sure you are buying something you not only love but will totally use the crap out of!
Black slip on sneakers
I recently purchased myself a pair of the MOST comfortable black slip ons in the whole world from Puma. You can shop them here. The best part about minimalist slip on black sneakers is that they really are very versatile.
Maybe I just wanted to put those two words together. Hehe. I’m a grown up. But, seriously, my nude/tan booties are one of my absolute favorite go-tos for just about any type of outfit. Unfortunately, they are starting to fall apart they have been worn so much and in the Minnesota winter to boot!
The best part is, booties like this are actually pretty comfortable to spend the day in as well and dress up even the comfiest of outfits. (Ok, maybe steer clear of these with sweats.)
The classic white sneaker is something that I see “coming back” in a big way. It’s so crazy to see the Gen Z peeps walking around in those chunky KSwiss shoes that I remember the cool kids wearing back in 7th grade.
After being on the hunt for white sneakers that were:
I finally found the perfect pair! You can shop them here or check them out in the photo below.
I cannot be the only person who doesn’t like the word loaf. Loafers just sounds like something chunky and unattractive that I don’t want to be a part of. However, the black loafer (shudder) is a classic.
While black loafers aren’t exactly my thing, they are often a must-have staple of any minimalist wardrobe because not only are they simple and versatile, they are also probably the most hassle-free shoe you can find.
Classic, am I right? The classic black pump has been an everybody favorite for decades. While it might not necessarily be your minimalist cup of tea to be strutting around in heels, I have always been someone who adores a classic pump. In fact, it’s probably time that I welcome some back into my closet.
After going through my major clothing spending freeze, I never really welcomed any heels back into my closet. I feel a change coming. Especially this little black dress and pumps classic and the casual/chic look from Camilla Pihlno.
This is one of my staples right alongside the tan/nudie bootie. I could basically just alternate between these two and be totally content for the rest of my life. Ok, maybe that’s taking it a bit too far.
However, if you are someone who lives in a 4 season state and love taking advantage of fall outfits, then yes, you are going to love the black boot. I brought some celebs in for this one, model, Emily Ratajkowski and Selena Gomez along with this super minimalist outfit from Where to Get It.
Nude Sandal Wedges
If you are not a heel person, please, please, I beg of you, do not underestimate the wedge. Wedges are seriously so cute and so comfortable. Even before I had a staple minimalist uniform, keeping black and nude wedges on hand was a must for me.
They were always a classic summer go-to, or for a classic all-inclusive vacay. These are again so versatile to have on hand especially during warmer weather when you want to seem a little bit more glam. I love the white jeans combo from The Sweetest Thing blog and love the dressed-up version on Running in Heels blog.
The classic little “ballet shoe” — maybe that’s not what they are all called. I don’t actually know. The truth is, I struggled to wear flats for so long because I am 5’1″ tall. I always felt like my clothes looked weird when I was flat ont he ground.
However, I have come to embrace my little-ness and am getting more and more comfortable with flats. These cute outfits make it easy to see why. Southern Curls and Pearls shows off the class blue jeans look and Cultural Collective dresses it up a bit with pointy flats.
Another thing you’ll see a lot of when it comes to minimalist outfits and style is the classic, simple, black sandal. I’m more of a flip flops girl myself, but, if we’re talking shoes that go with everything then the black sandal deserves an honorable mention for sure.
I could maybe get behind these ones from Shop Impressions and who am I kidding …after writing this article I want everything that Fashion Jackson owns. Did I just become a style blogger? No way. I am kind of hopelessly awkward behind the camera. Unless that’s what you guys are into? LMK
Since I am no fashion icon, I had to include some better style outfits with those classic tan sneakers we chatted about. (Ya know kind of like my Dr. Scholls.)
That’s why I chose these tan sneakers minimalist outfits from Lookastic and Hello Fashion Blog. Did you know when I used to dress in the morning I would try to imagine myself holding a cup of coffee to decide whether or not I looked awesome? I can’t be the only person who has noticed that like 80% of fashion photos have a cup of coffee in them.
What did I miss?
Do you have some favorite go-to sneakers that seem to fit with almost everything in your closet? If so, be sure to share in the comments!