Shoes are the finishing touch on any outfit, and can make or break it. That’s why it’s important to pick the right shoes–this can be a really tough call and sometimes the experts need to be called in. Here are a few rules many fashionistas follow across the board.

Professionalism

Don’t wear crazy high heels to the office–people might think you’re a party girl. kate spade glenda camel pantent shoeTo look professional, wear medium height pumps or go for round, square or slightly tapered heels. Stuart Weitzman Swoon Suede Pumps are popular with well-groomed professionals–they’re a classic staple and available in black, red, blue and brown. Tory Burch Amy Black Pumps are sophisticated with the rich suede and tory burch metal logoTory Burch metal logo on the front of the shoe–plus, they have a lower heel, making running around the office more comfortable. Vanelli’s Sahar Suede Pumps have a square toe, are simple yet smart and extremely comfortable.

Color

all black outfitIf you’re wearing a red skirt or pants, skip the red shoes. It’s hard to match reds and can kill an outfit. The same goes with other primary colors like green, blue, yellow, orange, etc. The only exception to this rule would be if you want to go all black, which is always extremely chic. A classic style that works with many outfits, no matter what color, is the MICHAEL By Michael Kors Bayville Black Patent Pump–they’re penny loafers with a 2 3/4 ” heel and can take you through Spring.

Long skirt

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Long skirts are best paired with flat shoes, ballet slippers, and ankle- or knee-high boots. Sam Edelman Candellas Flats are an excellent choice with embossed crocco leather that’s a bold fashion statement and goes extremely well with long skirts. But with miniskirts, you’ll want to knee-high boots if you have the legs to pull it off–try the Le Pepe 679 is a knee high boot that’s a must-have this season. For the truly daring, you can wear suede or leather ankle booties with stockings or leggings.

Casual

When choosing platforms or clunky loafers, think casual–they go best with casual skirts, jeans or corduroy pants. Classic tennis shoes, like Converse’s Chuck Taylors, also work well with jeans and corduroy pants.

Loose fitting pants

Loose fitting pants can be tricky–if you go for chunky heels or platforms, you come off looking like something from Cirque de Soleil. Try open-toed flats or espadrilles for the best results.

Work pants

When wearing pants to work, oxfords or loafers with flat or lower heels work best. Ankle boots are another good choice–Aquatalia by Marvin K. Zolo Ankle Boots in black patent leather are water-proofed and insulated for those chilly days and nights.

Straight pants

When painting the town and wearing straight pants, go for strappy, high-heeled sandals. With capris, choose platforms or super high heels for the extreme, yet sexy look. Steve Madden’s Kerrin Suede Heels will have you stylishly towering over the crowd and people will be taking notice of the bright purple, blue or black and the gold stud detailing.

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