Photographed by: Daniella Guzzo Photography

#whatruwearing: Leather Ridng Boots: Winners | Animal Print Pumps: Zara | Ankle Boots: Lucky Brand Jeans | Black Pumps: Dolce Vita, The Bay | Peep-Toe “Shoet” : Winners | Nude Pump: Stuart Weitzman | Sparkle Pump: Badgley Mischka, The Bay | T-Strap Silver Pump: Nine West | Fringe Bootie: Minnetonka | Smoking Loafer: Kelsi Dagger | Vintage Sling Back | Color Block Heels: LAMB Shoes, Nordstrom | Yellow Kitten Heel: Versace | Converse Sneakers: Urban Outfitters | Hot Pink and Floral Print Pumps: Manolo Blahnik | Silver Sandals: Sixty Seven Shoes | Gold Sandals: Rachel Zoe

I believe that a step in the right direction should always be taken in a great pair of shoes!  This week, I’m reliving some of my favorite shoe moments, captured by Daniella Guzzo, and revealing my footwear essentials.  Come walk with me…

Nadia Albano, Riding Boots, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Riding Boots, Winners, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The Ridng Boot

Flat riding boots are an absolute staple in every woman’s Fall and Winter wardrobe.  I picked these black leather pull-up riding boots from Winners several years back and they are still in great condition.  You can wear them with jeans, leggings, dresses or cargo pant, as shown above.

Nadia Albano, Leopard Print, pumps Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Leopard Print, pumps Zara, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Animal Print

Believe it or not, I picked these up over 10 years ago from Zara.  Animal print is a great way to add personality to your outfit and is considered a neutral.  This classic shape keeps them looking timeless and stretches your shopping dollars!.

Nadia Albano, Ankle Boots, Lucky Jeans, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Ankle Boots, Lucky Jeans, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Ankle Boot

 The ankle boot is very versatile.  They can be styled with jeans (as seen above), and with slim cut trousers, leggings and even dresses (maxi or mini).  Great for Spring season, when you want to expose your legs, or in the Fall/ Winter with opaque tights and a sweater dress, for example.

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Classic Black Pump

A must-have staple in ever woman’s wardrobe, a classic black pump will stand the test of time and works all year round.  When shopping for a black heels, stick to an almond toe shape rather than rounded or pointy.  The almond toe never goes out of style, while the other shape fall in and out of fashion.

Nadia Albano, "Shoet", Shoe-Boot, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, “Shoet”, Shoe-Boot, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The “Shoet” (Shoe-Boot)

The “Shoet” is a combination of a shoe and an ankle boot.  They’re super versatile and can work at the office with a pencil skirt and blouse, or for a night out with a sequins mini skirt a simple top and leather vest!

Nadia Albano, Nude Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Nude Pumps, Stuart Weitzman, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nude

A nude shoe is another staple.  It’s a great neutral and will work with everything in your closet!  It lightens the overall look of an outfit and elongates the leg to create a seamless extended silhouette.

Nadia Albano, Sparkle Pumps, Badgley Mischka, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sparkle Pumps, Badgley Mischka, The Bay, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Sparkle

When your outfit needs a little pizzazz, just add sparkle! (right, Jeweliette Jewllery?)  Great for formal occasions like weddings and grads, and even cuter with cropped denim and a simple peplum top!  Keep in mind the shape — again, opt for a versatile shape so you can wear them all year round.  I suggest to keep the rest of your outfit toned down, so not to compete with the sparkle!

Nadia Albano, T-Strap Pumps, Nine West, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, T-Strap Pumps, Nine West, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

T-Strap

The t-strap shoes were made popular in the 1920’s when the hem lines went up above the ankles and shoes were being admired by everyone.  This shoe design provides added support to the ankle, especially if you’re on your feet all day or cutting the rug on the dance floor!  They also offers versatility as you can wear them with slacks or dresses.

Nadia Albano,Minnetonka, Fringe Booties, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano,Minnetonka, Fringe Booties, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Fringe

A huge trend in the 20’s, 60’s and the 80’s;  the fringe is back!  It’s a little boho and very flirty!  We’re seeing fringe details on dresses, tops, jackets and bags, so why not the shoes!

Nadia Albano, Color Block, Yellow and Tan, Lamp Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Color Block, Yellow and Tan, Lamp Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Color Block

These multi-color shoes add a hit of color and can work with many outfits and color combinations.   It’s like getting two shoes for the price of one!

Nadia Albano, Animal Print, Smoking Loafers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Animal Print, Smoking Loafers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Smoking Loafers:

No smoking required when wearing these slip-ons!  They’re a great alternative to the ballet flat or sneakers, and look fantastic with slim fit cropped trousers – how 50’s chic!

Nadia Albano, Versace, Yellow, Kitten Heels, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Versace, Yellow, Kitten Heels, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Kitten Heel

The kitten heel is a God-sent, especially for a girl on the go who wants a little height without the soar feet!

Nadia Albano, Converse Sneakers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Converse Sneakers, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Converse Sneakers:

I live in my All Star Converse sneakers!  They’re another wardrobe staple and can be styled 50 different ways!  I love how cool and chic they look with a rolled up cuff, shorts and dresses.   I especially love wearing them with my mid calf tube dress and denim vest!

Nadia Albano, Vintage Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Vintage Shoes, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Vintage

Vintage shoes are so well made and when you find them in great condition, you want to take extra care of them.  Plus, I love treasure hunting and I’d say these beauties are golden!

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Floral

Floral print is huge for Spring and Summer.  They add the perfect feminine touch to any outfit weather you’re wearing them with a full half calf skirt or with distressed jeans!

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, Vintage Shoe Clip, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Black Pumps, Dolce Vita, Vintage Shoe Clip, Value Village, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Shoe Accessories:

Shoe accessories are a cheap and cheerful way of updating and/or transform your shoes into somethine completely different.  If you can’t find them, simply head to a second hand store and look for clip-on earrings; they’ll do the trick!;)

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Hot Pink Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Hot Pink Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sam Edelman, Blue Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sam Edelman, Blue Pumps, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Pop of Color

Talk about making a statment!  Bright shoes are so fun and make an outfit come to life.  These shoes give a basic black ensemble a vibrant boost of #NadittudeTM!

Nadia Albano, Sixty Seven Shoes, Silver, Jesus Sandal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Sixty Seven Shoes, Silver, Jesus Sandal, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

The “Ugly” Sandal

“Ugly”, “Jesus” or “Man” sandal; call them what you want, but these bulky shoes are back in a big way.  I have to agreet, they aren’t the prettiest but they sure are comfy and they look so stylish!

Nadia Albano, Rachel Zoe, Gold, Sandals, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Rachel Zoe, Gold, Sandals, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Strappy Flat Sandals

Metallic sandals are perfect for dressing up an outfit without having to wear heels.  Rock these strappy gold sandals with a maxi dress for a garden or destination wedding, or wear them with a romper and fedora hat at a summer music festival!

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Print, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Nadia Albano, Manolo Blahnik, Floral Print, Daniella Guzzo Photogrphy

Coco Chanel once said “A girl with good shoes is never ugly!” — I couldn’t agree with her more.  Stay beautiful my friends!

xo,