When choosing which pair of shoes to wear, there are a number of factors to consider: weather, destination, activity, dress code, how much time you'll spend standing. That decision becomes even more overwhelming when you're shopping for women's shoes, which seem to offer an endless number of possibilities. (That tends to be the way of all of women's fashion
, doesn't it?) Luckily, Groupon's own ever-changing selection of shoes can help you narrow down your choices to find the perfect pair. Just ask yourself some simple questions:
Does your day call for a dressier shoe?
In a formal office, your outfit may call for a pair of professional-looking pumps
, which tend to have rounded and closed toes, as well as low- to mid-rise heels. They'll probably be made of matte leather, suede, or fabric. In workplaces where anything from casual to business casual is acceptable, women's boots
—especially chunky-heeled ankle booties and knee-high boots—pair well with nearly any outfit and transition easily into weekend wear.
Or is this for an evening affair?
If you're more interested in special-occasion footwear, high heels and evening shoes
are the best bet. Options from brands like Jessica Simpson and Calvin Klein show off with features like pointed toes, peep toes, shiny patent leather, or platforms. (For those nasty commutes, snow boots and rain boots can be found on Groupon, too, but you might want to change out of them once you arrive at your destination.) Shoe accessories
such as wood stretchers are a sound investment for any shoes you care about, along with cushioned insoles to keep you comfortable during long nights in heels.
Will you need more versatile footwear?
Most occasions, however, call for far more comfortable shoes that your average pair of heels. Flats
can convey the same level of formality as pumps, but they're much easier to stand and walk in for long periods of time. These slip-on shoes
may also have a wider array of styles, encouraging women to save their round-toe ballet flats for the weekend and reserve the almond-toe suede shoes for the office. And, unlike heels, flats can provide a masculine edge—even in outfits as different as a suit and a flouncy A-line dress—in the form of loafers and oxford shoes
Can you rely on casual shoes?
Of course, among shoes for women, flats are still not the most comfortable option. The title probably belongs to slippers
—though faux-shearling-lined slides and Muk Luk moccasins shouldn't go much farther than your mailbox. If you have to venture outside your house, fashion sneakers
are a great way to look effortlessly stylish. In warmer months, sandals
are the best choice of women's shoe, whether you opt for flat slingbacks, heeled gladiators, or strappy wedges (though boat shoes
work as well). And no one should be without at least one pair of athletic shoes
in their closet. Groupon's selection has included trainers from New Balance and K-Swiss and running shoes from the exclusive Form + Focus line.