When you become a model, you learn very quickly the importance of a good pair of heels. Whether a casting call, a shoot, or a runway show, you will be required to have at least one pair on hand at all times. It is not uncommon for models to be asked to bring their own shoes to a booking, so making sure you have the right type of shoe is very important.
There are 4 absolute must-have shoes every model should own. If you have these shoes, you can pretty much get by at any casting or booking without any problems (click the links for easy shopping!):
1. Basic Black Pump
2. Basic Nude Pump
3. Strappy Black Heel
4. Strappy Nude Heel
You don’t have to break the bank when purchasing your model shoes. You want to make sure they are sturdy and will handle a lot of wear (my black open-toe heels have a lot of miles on them!), but it is not necessary to purchase designer labels. A lot of people don’t have the extra funds to spend on a lot of different shoes, so you want to treat this as an investment by getting the styles that you can get the most wear out of. You also don’t have to buy them all at once. I would start with a black pump and work your way down the list as you’re able to.
I also suggest not getting a heel that is lower than 3 ½”, and make sure that you can comfortably walk in all of the shoes you purchase. These shoes will be your go-tos in many situations, so make sure they’re as comfortable as they can be!
When choosing the right style, there are a few things that should be avoided:
1. No big platform: Even if you are on the shorter side, there is nothing more distracting & unflattering than having a huge platform under the toe of your heel. They can make your walk look slightly clunky, and bring more attention to the fact that you may not be as tall as some of the other models. If you must have a platform, sticking to something a ½” or less is the best way to go.
2. No wedges: It is very rare that a designer will request you to wear wedges as they make your walk look clunky and can make the proportions of your leg look off-balanced in photos. Even though they are very comfortable, it is best to pass on purchasing wedges when it comes to your modeling shoes.
3. No bling: When looking for modeling shoes, simple is always best. You want to invest in shoes that can be worn with a variety of looks, so avoid heavily embellished shoes or shoes with a lot of straps or laces, as that will limit what they can be worn with.
4. No patent leather: Don’t get me wrong, I love a good patent black pump as much as the next girl, but when it comes to modeling shoes- matte leather is best. This is because the shine of patent leather can be very distracting and take the eye away from the garment, and can also give the whole look a different vibe than the designer intended.
If you have the extra money to invest on shoes, some bonus styles to have are heeled ankle boots in black & brown, and heeled tall boots in black & brown. While these styles aren’t “must-haves” per say, they are often requested in the fall & winter months so it is good to have them on-hand if the budget allows.