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When it comes to shoes, choosing the right pair can really have an impact on your look as well as the impression you give. For those who want to spice up their footwear but don't quite know where to start, we've gathered a list of the trendiest shoe types of the season, along with which designer brands to get them from and when they should be worn for optimal impact. From statement leather boots to chic and chill espadrilles, here are the five footwear essentials every woman needs in her collection.

Boots

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Who said stilettos were the only way to stand out? Every woman should have a pair of designer boots in her shoe collection, for days when she really wants to make a statement. Whether it’s for an exclusive fashion event or a luncheon with your trendiest friends, the following are sure to catch eyes and make your extra special. 

Fendi

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Rockoko ribbed stretch-knit and leather sock boots ($1000). Shop here.

Gianvito Rossi

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Levy 55 leather ankle boots ($995). Shop here.

Tod's

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Glossed-leather Chelsea boots ($695). Shop here.

Sneakers

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Another way to stand out is to be different altogether. You don’t have to be a massive sneakerhead to pull off great sneakers, and here are a few options that your sneaker-fanatic friends will surely eye with envy. 

Stella McCartney

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Eclypse logo-woven neoprene-trimmed faux leather and suede sneakers ($640). Shop here.

Balenciaga

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Triple S leather and suede sneakers ($895). Shop here.

Mules

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The new trend for semi-formal business casual looks, mules are the go-to option for the office where you have to look decent but aren't into wearing those five-inch pumps all day. 

Diane von Furstenberg

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Nori snake-effect leather mules ($250). Shop here.

The Row

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Coco suede and satin mules ($795). Shop here.

Erdem

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Fari faux pearl-embellished grosgrain mules ($820). Shop here.

Slip-Ons With A Twist

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When semi-formal doesn’t quite cut it and you want to unleash your inner go-getter, the one who’s always on-point and ready to take on the world. For days like that, be sure to have a pair of designer slip-ons at hand. Sophisticated and stylish without ever being overwhelming, these will really complete your look with an elegant finale.

Jill Sander

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Embellished glossed-leather point-toe flats ($650). Shop here.

Loewe

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Leather slingback pumps ($950). Shop here.

Gucci

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Logo-embellished leather collapsible-heel pumps ($840). Shop here.

Espadrilles

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Lastly, for those lazy days when style should be comfortable and effortless, there's the espadrille. Have a look our picks for designer kicks featuring that casual esparto rope material. 

Castaner

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Carina canvas wedge espadrilles ($120). Shop here.

Roger Vivier

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Crystal-embellished satin espadrilles ($1,050). Shop here.

Saint Laurent

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Logo-embroidered leather-trimmed canvas espadrilles ($495). Shop here.

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