Thanks SO much to Angie, I have figured out my essentials, and more importantly, the colors I prefer for essentials. Navy is the one I've got reversed: I own it mostly in statement pieces, which do not bring me joy as statements. I have dress pumps, vintage pumps, and vintage-style Keds wedges. (Also metallic blue sneakers, not quite navy.) I need flat/low sandals, flat/low closed shoes, booties, and tall boots.

I have three pair of sandals here. I like all three, they're all pretty comfortable, but they look very different. It's hard to choose between them! I want to wear them both with shorts and casual skirts/dresses, so there are pictures both with shorts and with the skirt I wore to work.

1-3. Crown Vintage gladiator sandals. The low wedge is comfortable, and the lacing can be snugged up enough to fit my feet and ankles. (Back zipper, yay!) They definitely make a statement. (No Find, since YLF isn't cooperating with the DSW website.)

4-6. Paprika hurache sandals. The sole has a reasonable amount of cushioning, and the heel part grips pretty well. They're a little loose in front, and the heel part may stretch out with time. If that happens, I won't be able to keep them on! Note that I will need to size up since my toes are hanging over the front a little; that may affect the fit overall. These are the most feminine/refined.

7-9. Blowfish fisherman sandals. These have a very contoured sole, and the straps, although not adjustable, fit my feet very well. They're very easy to move around in. A bit minimal, but I like the daintienss of the straps.

What looks best and is the most versatile? I really like all of these, and I *desperately* need navy sandals. If two were not available I'm sure I would be happy with the one left.

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