There’s no better feeling than picking up a fresh pair of shoes to ring in the season. With designers breaking out new trend-driven styles every year, shoe addicts like you and I just can’t help but jump onto the bandwagon. We don’t blame you! However, despite all of these new brand releases, deep down inside we know that nothing really beats the classics. Whether we’re talking about their functionality, or versatile designs, these are the quality designer shoes that will surely stand the test of time.
So maybe take it as a closet cleanse or wardrobe refresh—we’re here to help you narrow down the only styles you need to take on your day.
1. Chanel Slingbacks
Chanel is not just famous for their luxe quilted bags. In fact, they have a couple of iconic shoes that are worth a spot in your closet, too. Take for example their bi-colored slingback heels that were designed by Gabrielle Chanel herself 63 years ago. Inspired by 1950s men’s footwear, this enduring two-toned design has become one of the most coveted pairs of shoes for its versatile and classic design as well as the comfort it brings the wearer, compared to sky-high stilettos.
2. Tory Burch Minnie Ballet Flats
With Minnie flats, Tory Burch has answered the shoe prayers of many women: comfort and style. Your typical ballet flats have been given a new life with this iconic and sensible pair of flats that can live through trends and yet still look undeniably chic and in style.
3. Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Heels
It’s always a good idea to have at least one bejeweled pair of shoes in your closet. Especially when it’s a gorgeous pair of Manolos, best believe that these heels can instantly turn any of your looks from glum to glam. Plus who are we to say no to a few instant Carrie Bradshaw moments in our lives?
4. Yves Saint Laurent Embroidered Sneakers
In a sea of white sneakers, don’t forget to get yourself a classic but minimalist Saint Laurent kicks. This modern classic sneaker has a low cut silhouette made with quality fabric that makes it an ideal everyday shoe.
5. Gucci Horsebit Loafers
If you’re thinking of an ideal shoe to invest in, these Gucci Horsebit loafers are probably a good way to go. The leather slip ons were first conceptualized by Aldo Gucci after being inspired by the English racing set. Since then, it’s risen to become one of the brand’s most perennial designs. Now coming in a wide variety of models—from plain leather to monogrammed suede—these don’t only look stylish with straight hemmed trousers, but also match well with feminine-like silhouettes. No matter your age, it’s a timeless piece that can take you from your professional meetings to leisurely weekend strolls.
6. Hermes Oran Sandals
Created in 1997 by renowned shoe designer, Pierre Hardy, the Oran sandals have become a staple for many fashion enthusiasts. Primarily inspired by South Africa’s Ndebele tribe, it’s suited to create a fresh, laid back vibe perfect for day to day activities. Not to mention, in a tropical country like our’s, sandals will always be on heavy rotation in our closets.
7. Bottega Veneta Stretch Sandals
Albeit quite Instagram trendy nowadays, Daniel Lee’s square toe sandals are eyed to be a contemporary classic. Recently launched as part of the nominal “New Bottega,” the brand’s shift to streamlined and minimalism was happily welcomed by the masses. So we aren’t surprised that these strappy heels are now moving on to be a part of every girl’s wish list and shoe collection.
8. Christian Louboutin Pigalle
Named after a district in Paris, The Pigalle shoe has been seducing women left and right since its launch in 2004. Flaunting a thin stiletto heel, a sharp-pointed toe, and of course, the French label’s signature element—a varnished red sole—each of its features imbues an essence of confidence and sensuality that every woman hopes to find.
9. Chanel Espadrilles
Here’s another classic shoe design that you’ll love! Under the creative direction of the late Karl Lagerfeld, this model has become every modern day woman’s favorite. With its buttery soft exterior and round-toe shape, these espadrilles probably take the cake when it comes to comfort. You can simply slip it on and you’re good to go.
10. J’Adior Kitten Heels
For a time, we bet you’ve seen this pointed toe pump all over your feed. Initially a part of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s 2017 releases, this slogan kitten heel has become a massive hit worldwide. With the combination of its technical fabric and cute ribbon detail, it’s able to display just the right amount of sophistication and class for a perfect day to night shoe. Oh, and did we mention these come in a comfy and adorable kitten heel? You can live in these all day long!
11. Jimmy Choo Romy Heels
Belonging to Jimmy Choo’s 24:7 collection, these court heels have garnered quite a loyal following from many A-listers and celebrities. It’s been worn by the likes of Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, and many more. Though this comes to no surprise, as its elegant design truly holds a universally flattering shape—one that’s sure to boost the wearer’s confidence many folds.
12. Roger Vivier Belle Vivier Block Heels
Since opening his Paris boutique in 1937, Roger Vivier’s couture house has been producing timeless silhouettes year by year. Yet, his most sought after design still remains to be the Belle Vivier pumps. Brought to prominence in 1967 by Catherine Deneuve for the romance film, Belle De Jour, these square heeled pumps most definitely made an imprint in the history of the 20th century.