The shoes I had for dress up, (heels), had to match the bag I carried. Of course they were displayed together in shoe departments. And since not a lot of money was spent on them in my household, they didn't last long.
I loved flats. Simple flats with no bow and a round toe in black. And the Bass Weejun loafer, known as penny loafers. It was something of a status symbol to have a pair in cordovan and especially in navy. They could be worn with shorts but never short shorts. That's what Keds were for.
As time went on my feet grew
I'm still in 10M shoes and embarrassed about the size of my feet. I feel like they look like man feet. The more feminine the shoe the happier I was. So what came into fashion? The Frankenstein boot. They were very mannish and had huge thick soles similar to many today.
I think shoes can enhance outfits, enhance comfort, and be great accessories. Lots of choices. Maybe the one on the cover of the latest fashion mag isn't the best choice.