One of our ladies buyers read somewhere recently that the average woman owns 20 pairs of shoes. It really sparked a conversation between us all, how many shoes are enough? The article made it seem like 20 was stretching it…our first thought was “only 20?”. Granted we are biased as we are surrounded by shoes all day (and get the occasional sample sale) but seriously, only 20?

Despite owning upwards of 500 pairs of shoes (and counting) between us, there are a few pairs which we come back to again and again, the ones we have a long-standing love affair with rather than a fashion fling.

Here’s our guide to the five pair of shoes every woman should own.                                                                                                           

Black heels

Even if you have heels in every other colour, there are some occasions when only a black pair will do. Whether you need to add some confidence to your stride for an important work meeting or need to glam up for a night on the town, you’ll find yourself reaching for your trusty HBH (high black heels – we’re coining a new phrase) over and over again.

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 Converse

Even if your idea of exercise is trotting around the shops on a Saturday, you need a pair of trainers in your life. At HQ we all seem to own a pair classic Converse. They’ll ensure you look on-trend even on the most casual of dress-down days.

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Gladiator sandals

We know it’s not exactly the weather for them now, but as soon as the sun returns next spring it’s a safe bet we’ll be reaching for our trusty gladiator sandals. Even just looking at them in the wardrobe has us dreaming of festivals and BBQs…

Ankle boots

Now, it certainly is the weather for ankle boots. This season’s most stylish pairs have a low chunky heel, buckle or cut-out detailing.

Flats

Flat shoes are back in favour with the fashion crowd at the moment, but they’ve never been anything but a must-have for us mere mortals without private chauffeurs.

Brogues, loafers, pumps, slippers, there’s space for all of them in our shoe collections. But having done a quick count, its ballerina pumps we’ve got the most of. Paired with skinny jeans and a blazer, they’re an essential part of our weekend uniform.

But don’t worry if you think you don’t have any of the above in your collection, it’s a great excuse to go shopping…

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