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Stumped on what to wear? It's not your closet's fault–you may just need to think about dressing in a new way. Instead of styling yourself from the neck down, reverse your mentality and dress from the shoes up. Choosing an amazing pair of statement shoes can (and will) change your entire outlook. And the rest of your outfit? Well, that may as well pick itself.
There's something objectively cool about these futuristic sandals–the bright blue gem-like heel with the silver straps and stark black sole makes for an eye-catching contrast. Reach for these with black skinny pants and a fun blouse!
United Nude Leona Sandals, $319; shopbop.com
Flats, boring? Not this pair. With embroidery and pom-poms galore, these gladiators give a whole new meaning to the word "embellished."
Mabu by Maria BK Embellished Leather Sandals, $200; net-a-porter.com
Yes, that's fringe. And flaming red. And a high, high heel. An LBD + these shoes = your go-to for a night of dancing.
Kendall + Kylie Aries Fringed Suede Sandals, $140; lordandtaylor.com
Cobalt blue is having a major moment. Pair the striking hue with floral accents, and you've got yourself a shoe to remember.
J. Crew Collection Embellished Suede Sandals, $400; net-a-porter.com
Here's a secret: When you're dressing from the feet upwards, you don't need to match your shoes to anything! Go for the brightest, boldest pair you can find, and let the rest of your style fall in line.
French Connection Elvia Printed d'Orsay Pumps, $135; lordandtaylor.com
Silver ankle booties with red cowboy-inspired accents. Need we say more as to why, exactly, they're so freaking fabulous?
Georgia Cowboy Boot, $495; marcjacobs.com
Sure, standard pumps are versatile, but a lace-up pump is even better. This pair turns up the sexy when worn with short skirts (hello, legs!) and maintains a more demure appeal with ankle-skimming pants.
Sam Edelman Danya Suede Lace-Up Pumps, $120; lordandtaylor.com
Colorblocking is the ideal way to work in multiple shades into your look. This pair has the bonus of a neutral, beige ankle strap, making them totally wearable.
Schutz Delmano Sandals, $126; shopbop.com
Animal print is fierce, but metallic animal print is mega-fierce. The clear lucite heel adds a allure, and the criss-cross straps make these stunners surprisingly comfy.
Diane von Furstenberg Ibiza Lucite-Heel Snakeskin & Metallic Leather Sandals, $244; saksfifthavenue.com
Stilettos are no longer your only option for a formal affair. A stockier heel, when adorned with shimmering gems and paired with a silky, brilliant fabric, make as elegant of a statement when worth with slacks or a cocktail dress (and, bonus, they're far more comfortable).
Sandals with Heel Detail, $119; zara.com