In our perfect world, we have unlimited money, closet space, and places to go.
However, we don't have the budget (or the suitcase space for that matter) to jump on every single trend. But we (Tayla) travel a LOT! And being able to pack the necessities in a carry-on is a lot to ask of two babes who love fashion as much as we do.
The truth is, you don’t need a million shoes in order to pull together every outfit. Even though you may be convinced that you need the same style in a dozen different colors and heel lengths, all you truly need are some superstars that will save you in those "what-to-wear" moments.
Sure, these silhouettes might get an update from time to time - but the bare bones remain the same. If you follow this foolproof footwear plan, you'll always have the pair you need. Read and click below to see, shop, and stock your closet with all the necessary ingredients to get Tayla's 'Perfect Pack' every time.
1. THE 'GO ANYWHERE AND WITH EVERYTHING' SANDAL
They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but these sandals are definitely at the top of our list!
Why? Neutral-colored sandals are basically the LBD of warm weather footwear. It’s almost magical how a pair of flesh-toned sandals look just as chic with jeans and a t-shirt as they do with a work-ready shift dress. And they won’t compete with vibrant colors or prints — completely taking the stress out of trying to figure out which shoes will go with that bold gingham dress you’ve been dying to rock.
Tayla Tip: pick a neutral tone that compliments your skin tone instead of competing with it!
2. SOLE-SAVING FLATS
Flats, like these fun Soludos don’t have to be your boring back up. They can be a great alternative for long days, with lots of walking, whether you’re shopping, attending business events, or travelling (our shopping trips combine all 3!).
The key is to look for a soft, flexible pair with plenty of room for your toes and don't rub your heels raw. From cheap pairs to investment pieces, beige to black, the right pair of flats can take you from day to night and everywhere in between.
Heels are what really make you feel like a rockstar. Our weakness (and sometimes our worst enemy) a high-heeled shoe can make or break an outfit. But the right pair, like these Pavlin Espadrilles can transform an outfit and even make that back-up pair of flats unnecessary!
Our secret? Opt for a wedge. You get the height of a heel and the leg-elongating effect of a stiletto without the toe-crunching pain. Because let's be honest, it’s not as much fun to look like a rockstar if your toes feel otherwise.
4. THE VICTORIA BECKHAM
If the Queen herself can close New York Fashion Week rocking a classic Adidas Stan Smith, we're pretty sure that gives us permission to rock a sneaker with any outfit we choose. And if you've followed our journey at Poppy & Dot for any amount of time, you know we have a hard time saying no to any new Nike arrival at Nordstrom like this classic white pair that Tara loves!
Want it super simple? Choose a sneaker without laces! Slip-on options, like the Baylee Platform Slip-On have become our goto because they make it so easy to get out the door in no time. You can wear them all day long without any discomfort and BONUS: they hide that pedicure you haven’t had time to get!
Listen, we know there are always extenuating circumstances: rain, snow, 4-inch deep mud at Coachella…but these fantastic four have your back in 99.99% of situations. These are the four styles you can depend on at work, at home, and on your coveted vacations.
Which shoes are our favorites? Click the images above to find more details and photos of our MUST-HAVE styles.