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With all the shoes available every time we enter a store or e-commerce site, it can be difficult to know what we actually need or wear. Someone who knows it is Alex Long, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based personal stylist and founder of Alex Long Studio, who also offers his clients personalized shopping and wardrobe services. "Shoes can either look good or kill them," says Long, and she recently told me that one of the things people never seem to have enough time for is everyday shoes.
Long and I could easily talk about shoes all day long. So who could better advise on the everyday shoes that women need (and who currently might be missing in their closets) than they? Keep scrolling to find out which five styles of footwear are essential to you, and buy our selection for each shoe.
"This is a shoe that can guide you through the day Show your funny side with animal print, old-fashioned velcro or metallic details Sneakers replace the flats."
"Mules – flat or not – choose something non-traditional like rich, jeweled velvet – mules are great with any look."
"Try an unexpected splash of color."
Long's Bootie Tip: "Low on the ankle for dresses and skirts or over the wide-legged ankle."
"This is a great way to add a texture to a look, the snake is huge right now, and Leopard is the classic that holds on tight."
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