Perhaps the assumption is that any accessory that works with about 99% of your existing wardrobe needs to be basic—boring, even. But the truth is that there are many shoe styles that can pair with just about everything. They play a supporting role in your look, but they bring something special to the table, as well.
Ahead we’re highlighting 13 such examples of shoes that get the most mileage out of any wardrobe because of their ability to be styled in multiple ways. They include timeless silhouettes such as loafers, minimalist sandals, and—for a riskier choice—the classic western boot. Though most of these styles wouldn’t be necessarily categorized as statement-making pieces, their subtle design details make them unique without compromising their versatility. You’ll see this in rich textures, unconventional neutral tones, and the occasional chunky sole, which can make any ensemble look a bit more trend-forward. Below, explore all your options for wear-with-anything soles.
The sweet, timeless ballet flat is as comfortable as a slipper but can be worn with anything from straight-leg jeans to a mini skirt. Whether the toe is pointed or square, this flat shoe has a nice elongated shape to it. Choose an off-white or black color, but also feel free to mix it up in a pale blue that'll complement nearly everything.
Black Ankle Booties
For some, a great black bootie is the only shoe they wear between the months of November and March. Reason being: They're super versatile with all silhouettes, pant and skirt lengths, and outside temperatures. Choosing one all comes down to your preferences, be it heel thickness, toe box shape, or choice of fabric.
Fresh White Sneakers
A sleek, white, unfussy sneaker is a sporty option that always looks sharp. While you might not wear these to a dressed-up affair, for everyday use, an all-white, lace-up style completes an ensemble with a polished and casual vibe.
We love a loafer because of its classic shape and ability to make any outfit look polished. And, because they're such an iconic shoe choice, the options on the market are plentiful, from the always-chic Gucci loafers with signature horsebit details to textured and high-shine versions you'll happily wear on repeat.
Minimal Strappy Sandals
For a goes-with-everything kind of party shoe, the minimalism sandal has got you covered. Metaphorically speaking, that is. The floss-thin straps have a '90s nod and blend naturally with whatever you pair them with, even if you opt for an unconventional colorway.
Clogs have made a strong return to mainstream fashion in the last year or so. Though they can be a somewhat controversial footwear choice, those who love a chunky, clunky silhouette will be wearing theirs with everything in their closest, including midi skirts, wide-leg trousers, a cozy matching set, and more.
A contrast-stitching, pointed-toe, calf-high silhouette may not be the most obviously versatile shoe choice, but we're making a case for the anytime cowboy boot. The style is comfortable and sturdy for everyday purposes, and also lends a bit of Western, rugged charm to denim as well as more dressed-up suiting and dresses.
Mules are the kind of silhouette you'll want to wear over and over, partially because of their comfort. Opt for a chic neutral color with subtle details you'll appreciate, such as a sculpted heel, mirrored detail, or studding along the sole.
Even with summer drawing to a close, we'll be carrying the sporty, vacation sandal into early fall. Though the familiar silhouette suggests downtime, many brands have updated and elevated these open-toe, flat sandals for everyday use with a tailored trousers or midi dresses.
Lug Sole Boots
Available from high-fashion to mass-retailer brands, the lug-sole, slip-on boot is a prominent silhouette this fall. Sure, some bolder versions make a statement, but we'll argue that these heavy-duty styles will be as functional as plain black booties or white sneakers—they just pack a little more punch.
Puffy, colorful, slightly retro sneakers are the pairs-with-everything shoe for the person who's a little sporty and doesn't mind a dose of color clashing. Plus, few other shoes can compete with the comfort of these lace-up styles.
For far too long, versatile "nude" shoes were only a good option for those of one skin tone complexion—a fair-skinned one. Thanks to newer labels like Salone Monet and Kahmune, as well as established names in footwear like Christian Louboutin expanding its nude offerings, the skin-tone pump is now truly a shoe that goes with everything, for everyone.
A good knee-high boot will last you throughout the seasons, year after year. Whether you pair them with a mini skirt for a summer night out or layer them over tights and trousers in the colder months, these boots can handle your wear and tear.