Yes, they’re definitely more of an investment than your average footwear. But, a pair of designer shoes can really stand the test of time, as well as making any outfit look more expensive. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see someone wearing designer shoes, I always assume the rest of their outfit is designer too. So, if you’re ready to splash out on your first pair, what are the best designer shoes that will stand the test of time? Let’s take a look.
If you prefer more purse-friendly options, you will also find some designer dupes that look similar to the originals.
What to think about when choosing the best designer shoes for you
When will you wear them?
Do you want to wear your designer shoes with your jeans everyday, or do you want to wear them for special occasions? This will probably mean the difference between sneakers or heels, for example.
Neutrals or colors?
If this is your first pair of designer heels, you may want to choose a neutral shade to make sure you get lots of use out of them. You can always choose a brighter, funkier pair next time!
Can you walk in them?
A lot of designer shoes feature stiletto heels. And, while they make look beautiful on the shelf, they may not feel quite as beautiful to walk in. That may be okay if you tend to wear your designer heels for dinner and don’t need to walk far. But if you will be on your feet for a long time, you may want to look at a lower heel.
How to take care of them
If you want to give your shoes longevity, make sure you look after them from the outset. For example, you may want to have them resoled or you may want a good suede protector.
Do you want everyone to know you are wearing designer?
Or is it enough that you know. If you want an iconic designer look, choose a pair with detailing that your chosen designer is renowned for, such as the Gucci horsebit, Louboutin red soles, the Prada triangle or y Chanel double C.
Do you love them?
When you’re investing in a pair of shoes, you really want to make sure they bring joy when you wear them. So choose a pair that you really love.
Truly timeless designer shoes
Now let’s move onto looking at some beautiful designer shoes that you could choose
Louboutin is famous for red soles and pointy stilettos. But you don’t have to go with stilettos to get that red soled look. Block heels are easier to walk in but still give you a designer look.
Sam Edelman has a similar option if you want the look without the pricetag.
CHANEL‘s toe cap shoes are iconic. You could choose a pair of heels or flat ballet pumps.
Choose shoes with the iconic Prada triangle to get the classic Prada look.
The J’Adior Dior slingback is Dior’s most famous style, having been created in 1962. Christian Dior once said that you can judge whether a woman is elegant by looking at her feet, and your feet will definitely be elegant in the slingbacks (below).
Ausland also does a similar style in a choice of colors.
Manolo Blahnik is another big favorite from the Sex and the City series. If you watched it, you’ll remember the scene where Carrie left her blue Manolos in the apartment she shared with Big. After getting the shoes, the pair bumped into each other and reconciled.
You could also try the flat version if you aren’t a big fan of heels.
TOM FORD is renowned for edgy minimalism. The little padlock detail lets you know this is a Tom Ford style. A perfect pair if you don’t have to walk too far but can sit down for the night and show them off.
Fendi‘s logo will add a designer element and a print to your outfits. Ideal to add interest to your neutral outfits. You could wear the pair of slingbacks (below) with a pair of white pants, or your favorite jeans.
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Steve Madden has also created a similar pair in a good choice of colors. Reviewers say they are elegant, and perfect for a special occasion. If you have a wedding invitation this year, they could be perfect.
Tory Burch gives you a designer look with a more affordable pricetag than some of the big name designers. A pair of ballet flats will never go out of style.
If you’re a logo lover, then Balenciaga is a good designer to try. You can opt for sneakers for a designer look if you prefer to wear casual outfits. The high tops (below) would be ideal for an urban look.
You could also try this similar style from Amazon which reviewers say are lightweight and comfortable.
Another sneaker choice for you, Golden Goose‘s shoes are recognizable immediately from their star on the side.
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Converse also makes a good choice of low and high tops if you want a similar look.
Do you have a pair of designer shoes in your closet? Or are you thinking of adding one? What do you think the best designer shoes are?
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