En español | Shoe shopping has always been one of our not-so-guilty pleasures. Unlike our bodies, feet never sag or put on extra pounds (not that there aren't other issues). Thanks to decades in heels, by age 50 there might be a few bunions, corns, calluses and hammertoes, but we can deal with those. The right new shoes — just like the right haircut, jeans or makeup — solves problems and boosts your style. Here are the top 10 shoes, boots and booties to swoon over now.
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1. Bootie mules
Want a super easy transition from sandals and slides to closed-toe shoes? Backless mules with low stacked heels and a bootlike front offer substantial coverage of the forefoot but leave heels free. For a goes-with-everything style, choose black leather — like the Dolce Vita Women's Sukie Pointed Toe Mid Heel Leather Mules in black leather ($140, bloomingdales.com) or Chinese Laundry Millie Mule in black leather ($90, nordstrom.com) — or go trendy with texture such as the Charles by Charles David Emblem Chain Reptile Embossed Pointed Toe Mule in cognac lizard print ($100, nordstrom.com).
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2. Chunky Chelsea boots
The iconic daily boot now has a statement sole. If your style leans toward modern classic, choose a modified extended sole or mini tread like the Asos Design Auto Chunky Chelsea Boots in black ($44, asos.com/us) or Treasure & Bond Gabriella Chelsea Boot ($120, nordstrom.com). To go edgier, choose a threaded lug sole such as the Universal Thread Women's Campbell Double Gore Studded Chelsea Boots ($35, target.com). The bonus is a wide toe box that easily accommodates toes and bunions, as well as a broad heel that adds stability.
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3. Animal-print booties
If chunky booties aren't you, try a pair in snakeskin, croc or spotty leopard for a stylish update. A low-cut roomy ankle boot — like the Dr. Scholl's Ramble Bootie in tan/black leopard print ($60, dsw.com/en/us), Old Navy Faux-Suede Side-Buckle Ankle Booties for women in leopard print ($45, oldnavy.gap.com) or Vince Camuto Arendara Bootie in natural snake print leather ($150, nordstrom.com) — makes a perfect sole-mate for those with hammertoes, ingrown toenails, corns, or ankles that swell late in the day.
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4. Light-color booties
Shades of tan, beige and taupe are another new alternative to black ankle boots. They look great with white and light to medium wash jeans (now a year-round thing) and the whole range of softer neutral pants, from olive cargos to tawny corduroy flares and khaki utility crops. Styles with an almond toe and low block heel — like the Sam Edelman Women's Packer Leather Low Heel Booties in saddle ($130, bloomingdales.com), Universal Thread Women's Briar Block Heeled Booties in brown ($35, target.com) or Sarto by Franco Sarto Asti Bootie in taupe snake print leather ($155, nordstrom.com) — place less stress on the forefoot and the Achilles tendon (which shortens in higher-heeled booties) so you can wear them comfortably for hours.
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If you only buy one pair of real shoes, get loafers. Refined loafers — like the A New Day Women's Micah Pointed Toe Closed Loafers in cognac ($23, target.com) or Old Navy Faux Leather Pointy-Toe Loafers for Women in cognac brown or blackjack ($30, oldnavy.gap.com) — have an elegant streamlined shape and are the best choice for classic dressers who wear tailored ankle pants or straight jeans with blouses, V-neck sweaters and blazers. Bolder loafers with a chunky silhouette such as the Franco Sarto Cassandra Penny Loafer in black ($60, dsw.com/en/us) team well with joggers, cargos or leggings, sweatshirts and relaxed sweaters if your style is more fashion forward. Either way you can't lose.
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6. Sturdy ballet flats
If you're a fan of ballet flats, know they're still cool but the best ones for us have a padded footbed, rubber sole and tiny heel. Choose a scrunch style such as the Tory Burch Eddie Ballet in perfect black ($106, zappos.com) or no-scrunch — like the Universal Thread Women's Blanca Ballet Flats ($25, target.com) or Sam Edelman Jillie Flat in black leather ($120, nordstrom.com) — with this fall's trendy square toe. All are substantial enough so you can't feel pebbles, sidewalk cracks or bumpy pavement as you walk. For extra comfort in any flat shoe, fashion stylists always add Dr. Scholl's Stylish Step Hidden Arch Support for Flats ($8, walgreens.com) — a quick fix for those with flat feet or high arches.
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7. The rubber rain bootie
No need to bother with tall clunky wellies anymore. A short rubber rain boot — like the Madewell Chelsea Rain Boot in true black ($68, madewell.com), Jeffrey Campbell Cloudy Rain Booties in black ($65, bloomingdales.com) or the Sam Edelman Tinsley Matte Chelsea Rain Booties in black ($55, bloomingdales.com) — is lighter to wear and more lifestyle-friendly, and the modern Chelsea style looks just like regular leather booties. They're handy shoe-savers when you need to jump puddles and look polished — and you can wear them all day.
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8. Short snow boots
Love the toasty feeling of winter storm boots but hate the bulk of laced-up hiking styles? Cropped boots — like the Sorel Kinetic Short in quarry/black ($140, zappos.com), Merrell Haven Bluff Polar Waterproof in peacoat ($150, zappos.com) or Bearpaw Puffy Boot Boots in pewter ($60, target.com) — tick all the boxes for warmth, waterproofing and grippy soles. They also make the on/off situation a snap and are comfy enough to wear with socks or barefoot (to walk the dog or for dashes to the store). Wear with anything from jeans to leggings and midi dresses, too.
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9. Chic calf-friendly tall boots
Every woman loves the classy equestrian look of knee-high riding boots but complains about calf constriction. New styles — like the A New Day Women's Carol Stretch Fashion Boots in black ($40, target.com), MICHAEL Michael Kors Women's Bromley Leather & Stretch Tall Boots in black ($159, bloomingdales.com) or LifeStride Xtrovert Wide Calf Riding Boot in grey ($90, dsw.com/en/us) — feature low-stacked heels, oval toes, a high-low topline for comfort and a wide stretch panel at the rear that solves everything. Just add leggings or tights.
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10. Dressy flats
These are the shoes that elevate any black pant or jean to special-occasion status day or night. Just choose a casual style shoe you like that's embellished with a bow or glitz. Loafer lovers can try the metallic black patent and bowed Bandolino Lindio Women's Casual Bow Loafer ($79, macys.com) or the sparkly black suede with rhinestones Journee Collection Women's Kyrah Loafer ($80, macys.com). For a feminine twist, try a ballet flat such as Rothy's The Mary Jane in black ($155, rothys.com). Then put your best foot — or rather feet — forward.
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