As I’ve been spring cleaning my wardrobe, I’ve been thinking more about the pairs of shoes I own. In doing so, I’ve come to a realization: the shoes that I currently own have been so good to me throughout college. From my first job interview to buying my first alcoholic beverage and everything in between – they’ve seen it all. Jokes aside, here are the shoes you need for college and I’ve linked up some of my favorites and alternatives at the end.
Throughout these last four years, I have gone through several pairs of canvas sneakers. From the $10 pairs you find at Target to Keds, I’ve had them all at some point. These were probably the most practical and overall most worn type of shoe during my time at college. I would wear them to class, going out, to dress down an outfit and to work. This type of shoe comes at a variety of price points and there’s no giant difference between any of them. If you go to college with one pair of shoes – pick this one.
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Like with canvas sneakers, I wore these heels for all kinds of reasons: presentations, formals, dressing up a pair of jeans and job interviews. The pair I have (and is still going strong) is a patent leather which makes cleaning them up a breeze. I would highly recommend you select patent leather for your pair of college heels for the same reason – no one will be able to tell what you did or where you were the last time you wore them. It may not seem like a big deal because honestly, who will be looking at the glitter on the bottom on your shoes, but trust me, it’ll be one less thing to worry about.
Out of all of the shoes I’m mentioning, this is the newest pair (pictured above). I got these Sam Edelman suede flats last summer specifically for work, but have since been able to wear them for all different occasions. I love these because they are a neutral color, but the scalloping around the toes makes them slightly fun. The only thing I would say specifically about these shoes is that they take some time to break in. I had blisters for the first week and a half of wearing them, but now they’re incredibly comfortable and I have no issues. I highly recommend picking up a pair of neutral, but interesting flats to wear to class or on a night out. Honestly, flats are so versatile and can be worn year-round, you need them.
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I don’t mean flip flops – let me make that abundantly clear. I’m referring to the gladiator-style sandals that can be worn casually, but also at work during the summertime, depending on your employer. Just because we are aiming for these shoes to be versatile, does NOT mean that they need to cost you a small fortune. I have had the same pair of black gladiator sandals for four years and I got them for $20 at Target.