Hollywood bombshell and fashion icon Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” And what better way to conquer the world other than with a beautiful pair of designer shoes? So, if you’re looking to acquire your first shoe investment, here are nine designer shoes to consider that even Carrie Bradshaw would approve of.
1. YSL Tribute Sandals
Tribute Sandals, $595 (approximately P30,207), YSL, ssense.com
Forget designer slides and go for these slip-ons instead. The sandal version of the YSL Tributes is a more practical and slightly less expensive version than the heels. It’s made of Italian leather and it comes in an array of monochromatic and metallic colors. Let the YSL Tribute sandals carry you through lazy days and island getaways both in comfort and style.
2. Common Projects Original Achilles Low
Original Achilles Low, $367 (approximately P18,632), COMMON PROJECTS, farfetch.com
Spending serious dough on sneakers might seem ostentatious but wait until you see how much the Common Projects Achilles Low takes your rather normcore 'fits up a few notches. The clean design of these American-Italian descent sneakers is arguably simple yet distinct. These designer shoes are worthy of your first shoe investment since you can pair them with both casual and dressy outfits. Sneakerhead or not, you know you want it!
3. Martiniano Glove Shoes
Glove Shoes, $515 (approximately P26,146), MARTINIANO, ssense.com
Caught the glove shoe fever, too? Don’t worry, we have just the right designer pair for you! The Martiniano Glove Slippers are perfect for that casual, effortless look we all aim for. Though the Argentinian label is fairly new to the shoe game, the brand has gained popularity worldwide and has even caught the eye of local celebrities and bloggers like Kimi Juan. If you’re looking for a pair of designer shoes you don’t have to break in, definitely take these glove shoes out for a spin.
4. Chanel Espadrilles
Espadrilles, $725 (approximately P36,806), CHANEL, chanel.com
Being able to wear espadrilles almost any time of the year is a privilege that only tropical country inhabitants have. But to be able to wear a pair of Chanel espadrilles? Well, it’s a dream that most fashion girls would certainly like to live. Why not make them your very first designer shoe purchase then? Personally, we love the look of the classic beige and black cap toe colorway in lambskin but you can purchase them in tweed denim and lots of other fun designs, too!
5. Maison Margiela Tabi Flats
Tabi Flats, $685 (approximately P34,776), MAISON MARGIELA, ssense.com
This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re a fan of anything avant-garde, this one’s for you. The Margiela Tabi may very well be your first designer shoes if you want something quirky yet affable at the same time. Inspired by traditional Japanese split-toe socks, these designer shoes are made of calfskin and are carefully crafted in Italy. Take a chance on the flat version of the Tabis and you’ll see how much you’ll reach for these while getting ready for work and play.
6. Dior J'Adior Slingback Pumps
J'Adior Slingback Pumps, price unavailable, DIOR, dior.com
If you’re the type of gal who leans more towards trendy and fun shoes, check out the Dior J’Adior slingback pumps. It’s got that classic air of Dior elegance with just the right amount of patterns and logomania. You can choose from different designs like houndstooth, tartan, and tropicalia print, making it one of the best statement heels out there. Have this as your first designer shoe investment and you’ll definitely amp up your shoe game.
7. Gucci Jordaan Loafers
Jordaan Loafers, $730 (approximately P37,060), GUCCI, gucci.com
Take the timeless shoe design of the loafers and add in the luxury of the Gucci horsebit and you have a truly iconic pair worthy of your first buy. The Gucci horsebit loafers have been around since 1953 and has been reincarnated into the more current and sleeker Jordaans. Although we’re a little biased towards the black and brown pair, these designer shoes are not exclusively for the preppy since you can also get them in fun colors like gold, pink, and blue!
8. Valentino Rockstud Kitten Heels
Rockstud Kitten Heels, price unavailable, VALENTINO, adora.com
Valentino Garavani relased their Rockstud shoe collection in 2010, and it has become a cult favorite ever since. It’s the perfect mix of edgy and dainty, which makes it one of the most versatile designer shoes out there. The kitten heel version is (surprisingly) the most comfortable one and you can get them in patent, pebbled, and calfskin leather.
9. Christian Louboutin Pigalle Heels
Pigalle Heels, $695 (approximately P35,283), CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, christianlouboutin.com
If designer shoes were to have an LBD, then the Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps must be it. You can wear them to work, black tie events, classy date nights, and more. With its 100mm stiletto heel, showing off your gorgeous gams in this pointy-toe pair will be easy. Besides, is there anything more iconic than a red sole?