When you find that perfect white T-shirt, that one sharp blazer, and that dependable pair of jeans that you can break out for any and every occasion, you never have to worry about "not having anything to wear." That's why the concept of a wardrobe staple is so enduring: A closet built on a streamlined selection of items makes day-to-day dressing infinitely easier. Besides, they ground those trendier items you bought on a whim.


While they can be perceived as boring or safe, a thoughtful selection of basics guarantees smart style no matter the occasion. No one knows this better than the celebrity stylists responsible for the A-lister outfits we routinely look to for inspiration.


The four shoe styles ahead are those you can mix and match to your heart’s delight - whether you're getting dressed for work, brunch, or anything that might come up in between. If you don't know where to begin when it comes to building up the "essentials" section of your shoe closet, these pieces should serve as an excellent primer. For the trend lover, just remember that your wardrobe will never be complete unless you have the foundation to carry it season to season. Simple pieces get you there—it’s about constantly rethinking [them].


1. The Slipper Cara



Slip-on sneakers have hit critical mass solidifying its place on the wardrobe-essentials list. Comfortable enough to walk miles in, but way more sleek than chunky dad sneakers, these shoes give any outfit an extra dose of cool.


2. The classic lace-up sneaker with minimal sole



Versatile and wildly cool, our lace-up classic sneakers look just as great when they’re all worn down as they do fresh out of the box. The premium material choices and excellent construction quality set this shoes apart from any other.


3. The Chelsea Boot



Chelsea boots are arguably the best shoe around (as you’ve probably noticed if you read our previous post), and there are various levels of casualness they can take. Freakloset’s brown version in either Valdis or Timmy is ideal no matter the environment.


4. The black Derby



The Derby in all black is a stylish and adaptable shoe that can look equally fitting with a pair of jeans, khakis, or a modern-cut suit (for men and women!). Do we have to tell you that black is the new black? Thought so!


Always making sure your steps are even more special,


The Freakloset Team