10 Classic designer footwear to splurge on right now
Seasons come and go, but a good quality pair of designer shoes can last a lifetime. Whether it is bi-coloured pumps, a bold red sole, or cutting-edge loafers, classics are worth the price if they are well taken care of. With so many options available, narrowing down the ideal pair that suits your style might be tricky but fret not; we’re here to help! Here are ten designer pairs of fancy footwear that will stand the test of time.
Chanel sling-backs are a must-have for fashionistas. Inspired by men’s footwear, Coco Chanel designed the two-tone shoes in 1957, and former creative director Karl Lagerfeld revived them in a multitude of hues and finishes in 2015. With its sleek silhouette, neutral colourway and the comfort it provides the wearer, it’s easy to see why this has become one of the most sought-after pairs in fashion.
Gucci Horsebit loafers
It’s often love at first sight for many when they first lay eyes on the Gucci Horsebit loafers. The preppy shoes were first released in 1953 and have since been refreshed and reinvented to the point where they can now be worn with the heel curled up as a loafer or folded down as a slipper. What’s more, the vintage-inspired shoes boast fine leather craftsmanship and iconic hardware, so you can bet they will be hanging in your closet for years to come.
Hermès Oran sandals
You have probably seen the knock-offs all over social media, but nothing beats the original, which was created by Pierre Hardy in 1997. The Oran’s design was influenced by the way the African Ndebele tribes decorate their homes, and its popularity is growing due to its affordability in contrast to other Hermès leather goods. Also, who can say no to sandals—especially for those of us who live in tropical countries?
Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps
If you are looking to add a hint of sensuality to your wardrobe, the Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps are a perfect choice. The iconic red-soled shoes have the power to elevate your everyday look, with their thin stiletto heel and narrow-pointed toe. Crafted in a variety of fabrics, including glossy black patent leather, the Louboutin’s staple will undoubtedly exude the confidence and sexiness you seek.
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps
A little sparkle on your shoes would not hurt, and the Hangisi pumps are exactly what you are looking for. As seen on Carrie Bradshaw in Sex & the City, this gorgeous pair of Manolos can magically turn any ensemble into a glamorous one. In addition to the dark blue satin tone, the style is also offered in an array of other shades.
The Prada loafers are an icon of simplicity. This chunky pair of patent leather shoes lets you flaunt your style both on and off the trails thanks to its fashion-forward silhouette, hefty rubber sole as well as rounded toe. From wearing loafers with pantsuits to pairing them with long skirts, there are countless ways to style them, which means you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Bottega Veneta Lido mules
Under the helm of ex-creative director Daniel Lee, Bottega Veneta has prospered in the past with distinctive designs like the Lido mules that were the talk of the town when it was first introduced. What set apart the instantly classic mules is the impeccable Italian craftsmanship, the squared footbed as well as the braiding accents. Best of all, the sassy shoe glides on easily and adds a vibrant punch of colour to any wardrobe.
Saint Laurent sneakers
Your closet only needs one solid pair of sneakers and white is the way to go. The minimalist Saint Laurent trainers, in particular, should not be underestimated. This low-cut, modern take on a classic trainer will go everywhere with you—from weekend getaways to after-work drinks, and everything in between.
Jimmy Choo Romy pumps
Jimmy Choo’s Romy pumps are the embodiment of refined glamour, poised elegance, and flexibility in footwear. This wardrobe staple has long been favoured by royalty and celebrities due to its versatile point-toe, which is far more leg-lengthening than rounder styles. Plus, it comes in a variety of colours and fabrics to cater for the demands of a modern-day woman.
Maison Margiela Tabi flats
What is not to love about ballet flats? It’s comfy, gorgeous like heels, and available in a range of colours, much like the iconic pair of Tabi split-toe flats by Maison Margiela, which still look stylish despite shifting fashion trends. Simply slip on the heritage classic and you are ready to conquer the world!
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