Lately I was thinking – so many designer bags reach cult status, but shoes rarely make it to the ‘iconic’ status.
So I set out on a quest to find designer shoes sporting the same timeless quality as a designer handbag, subject to two very important conditions:
#1 The shoes must scream ‘designer’ like designer handbags do
Yes, I’m shallow. But the shoes need to look designer to justify the price tag. If there’s no distinctive feature on the shoe and you’re left guessing it could either be a $1,000 shoe or a $100 shoe, then that’s $900 lost. So out with the unrecognisable Jimmy Choos, and in with the shoes truly making a mark for themselves.
#2 Comfort over style
Splurging hundreds and thousands on shoes that are going to make my feet hurt is just not logical. The cost should be justified by knowing that the designers put some thought into the pain factor!
Onto my top 10 iconic designer shoes…
#10 Christian Louboutin Pigalle
Most shoe-holics’ ultimate goal is to own a pair of red-soled Christian Louboutins, as they are some of the most coveted shoes in the world, so this list wouldn’t be complete without them. At the same time, their heels are just so incredibly uncomfortable that my feet hurt as soon as I try on a pair.
So coming in at #10 are the 85mm black or nude patent leather Pigalle, which balances style and comfort and is the most versatile of the range.
#9 Charlotte Olympia Kitty velvet flats
These kitty shoes bring a bit of fun to any outfit, from jeans to dresses. They’re in hot demand by celebrities – Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung, Jessica Alba all own this cute shoe, so you know you can’t go wrong with these.
#8 Sophia Webster Micah pump
Sophia Webster is the Queen of quirk and the Evangeline Angel Wing Sandals are all the rage right now. The Micah sandal is a perfect compromise for those looking for a more practical option.
#7 United Nude
#6 Marc Jacobs mouse flats
Similar to Charlotte Olympia’s Kitty flats, the incredible range of colours and materials will have you squeaking! Not to mention they’re not as popular as Charlotte Olympia – so they’re more original. They go with any casual outfit and are super comfortable – perfect for scurrying around in all day.
#5 Stuart Weitzman
Stuart Weitzman’s classic over-the-knee Highland and Lowland boots are hot to trot. Any other Stuart Weitzman shoe adds a level of contemporary charm and sophistication to an outfit that no other shoe designer can match. They have the unique ability to make you look and feel a million bucks – Weitzman shoes are a Weitz (wise) investment indeed!
#4 Alexander Wang Kori and Gabi ankle boots
Alexander Wang revamps the 90s industrial gunge look through his signature cut-out heel with metallic accents. One look at these and you know it’s Alexander Wang. I’m loving the rose gold hardware on these, not to mention how incredibly comfortable the Kori ankle boots feel.
#3 Salvatore Ferragamo Varina ballerina flats and Vara pumps
The Varina and Vara range come in a rainbow of colours to please the fussiest of shoppers. The low 30mm block heel pumps are the perfect height for walking around in all day. The cute bow design on the front of the shoes are très Ferragamo, très chic!
#2 Chanel espadrilles
Chanel espadrilles are the hottest Summer “it” shoe right now. If Saks is re-stocking them, you know they’re a huge hit. Their casual-cool charm means that they’re super versatile and go with any casual outfit, from skinny jeans, to high-waisted shorts, and day dresses.
#1 Valentino Rockstuds
And finally…my one true love, Valentino Rockstuds in all heel heights and all colour combinations. Ballerinas, caged flats, kitten heels, I am madly in love with them all! These shoes bring a little bit of edge and attitude, whilst still having the ability to make an outfit look sophisticated – a miracle shoe.
The Valentino Rockstud kitten heels are 65mm high and are super comfortable – I can rock them all day without any pain! I am so in love with them that I purchased two pairs of the kitten heels within the space of a month (oops!).
Life goals: to own the caged flats and ballerinas 🙂