Roses are red, just buy the shoe. Okay, maybe that wasn't exactly how the old poem went, but you get the message: Whether you're into cherry, burgundy, wine, or crimson, a ruby shoe will forever be a timeless choice. Consider it that one color that'll go with absolutely anything, no matter if you're a print clasher or a determined minimalist! Here, we round up five interesting, updated classics to choose from.
Best Designer Red Shoes to Splurge on:
1. Chanel Two-Tone Coco Sling
Didn't expect this to be the opening shot, did you? You're used to seeing it in quiet neutrals, after all! Undeniably enduring is Chanel's cap toe shoe, which was reimagined for the modern gal by the late, great Karl Lagerfeld in 2014. It originally debuted in 1957, when Gabrielle Chanel herself declared it "the height of elegance." Who was to argue? Also, the clever Madame destined the Two-Tone combo to endlessly flatter: The beige is meant to lengthen the leg, while the black tip oh-so-delicately shortens your foot. As a result, the enamored press instantly dubbed it "the New Cinderella Slipper," and ultra-glamorous Hollywood beauties—count Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider, and Brigitte Bardot among the multitude—caught on almost instantly, catapulting it into coveted cult status. For a quick and easy height boost, forgo the typical flat and choose a demure heeled silhouette like Janine Gutierrez's.
2. Amina Muaddi Begum
We live for pieces that are, by themselves, total statements—au courant, instantly recognizable, and hot on every fashion insider's high-alert radar. And, as of this moment, there's one telltale trumpet heel that's a status symbol at first sight: Meet Paris-based, Italy-raised designer Amina Muaddi and her namesake shoe label that's officially grown larger than life. We're pretty damn sure you've seen these around. The cult-popular brand is known for ultra-glamorous, straight-up fabulous stilts that are instant headturners, all thanks to a generous dousing of feathers and sparkle. The likes of Kendall Jenner and Rihanna are avid fans! Oh, and rumor has it that they're oozing with equal parts drama, sophistication, and...comfort. Yep, believe it or not, you can teeter on those flare-based heels for hours, the 'gram's chicest confide.
3. The Attico Venus
The gasp yours truly let out when Anne Curtis first posted this photo of herself lounging in a polka-dot frock at the BLK Cosmetics pop-up store launch could have been heard from a continent away. And what caused this hyperbolic reaction, you ask? Her shoes! Screaming. The punchy, pointed pink pair you're looking at is none other than Italian label The Attico's satin Venus pumps, which, quite frankly, are beloved by style mavens the globe over. Anne got the memo. Count among the lace-up slingbacks' prolific fashion scene fans the likes of Leonie Hanne, Tiffany Hsu, and (of course) the brand's own founders Gilda Ambrosio and Georgia Tordini. Anne favors the fuchsia, but we like Gilda's seductive scarlet stiletto, too.
4. Saint Laurent Opyum
What better route to rock n' rolling a blaring logo than on your skyscraping sole? We think that the Saint Laurent Opyum bears the aptest moniker—in straightforward words, it's completely addictive. If you're a tried and tested stilt junkie, you'll find to your utter satisfaction that these are the epitomical mix of brand brandishing and sublime to a fault. This specific take on the house's ubiquitous stacked initials was introduced by current creative director Anthony Vacarrello on the Spring-Summer 2017 runway. Enjoy hovering above ground level a la YSL!
5. Valentino Rockstud
Your fondness for the Valentino Rockstud's cage-like, chunky multi strap iteration may have significantly waned through the years, and we absolutely don't blame you. Still, we'll allow that its simple, sleek pump version is rather ageless, and makes a pretty subdued, refined way to catch envious gazes. In 2010, the then-new design duo at Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, had breaths bated as they sent sweet little frocks paired with a (gasp) 2.5-inch heel down the catwalk. Not that a midi was anything revolutionary, of course; it was only that that era was a stomping ground for the round, peeptoed, platform-soled movement, and these vamp meets sophisticated kicks, edged and bedecked with tiny metal pyramids, were a sight for sore eyes. Tough and fresh.