The dream is to have a closet dedicated to shoes, Carrie Bradshaw–style. Right? Trust us, we get it. But to be honest, it’s totally unnecessary. There’s no reason to live with so much excess—especially when you really only need five specific shoes to get through life. That’s right—it’s often best to cut through the clutter and have a minimal wardrobe of pieces you love and work with everything in your closet.
Below, we’re highlighting the essential women’s shoes required to build the perfect wardrobe. And don’t worry—these select steppers will go with every single thing in your arsenal. Keep scrolling to see what made the list and shop inspired finds.