Irrespective of whether you shop for boots, sandals, pumps, flats and heels online or offline, as a self-respecting fashionista, you’re probably dying to know what’s in and what are the best cool shoes out there. Naturally, the crème de la crème comes from established designers and trustworthy retailers. If you’re not feeling particularly up-to-speed on the matter, but still want to be updated (since the party season is almost upon us), worry not. We’re here to help you with all things shoes.
This white calf skin lace-up flat represents the meeting between two of the most talked about brands of the moment on the alternative scene. Comme des Garçons is the legendary lovechild of Japanese designer Rey Kawakubo, while Dr. Martens have been popular with hipsters and indie kids way before they even knew they were hipsters. This comfy, casual shoe, which will look particularly good on long-legged girls, is EUR240.
2. Bicolor Ankle Boot, Maison Martin Margiela
Maison Martin Margiela is, and has always been, about luxury and haute couture, and this black suede bicolor ankle boot is a perfect example. The price tag reads EUR655, which might seem a bit pricey even for a pair of cool shoes, but you’ll be getting what is possibly the sexiest stiletto-heeled booty around for that money. The almond shaped toe is combined with a rear zip fastening, contrasting gold-tone patent leather panel and a gold heel.
3. Giuseppe Zanotti T-Strap Ballet Slipper
Before opening his own fashion house in 1993, Giuseppe Zanotti designed for Dior and Roberto Cavalli. He now creates his own designs of beautiful clothes and cool shoes, and this grey leather ballerina shoe with a t-strap is but one example out of many. The silver-tone stud detailing enhances the shoe’s delicate look and makes one imagine it paired up with a flowy casual dress in spring.
4. The ‘Bellevue’ Boot by Jeffrey Campbell
Priced at EUR160, this black leather ankle boot has a punk-rock, yet classy, feel to it, not to mention it’s perfect for winter in the city! This awesome pair of cool shoes comes to us from perhaps the best known shoe designer of the moment, none other than Jeffrey Campbell. It features a round toe with ridge detailing, a brown leather panel at the top, tonal front lace fastening and a gold hardware. The stacked front platform will make any leg look sleek and sexy and will enhance any party outfit for New Year’s.
5. Bottega Veneta Woven Boot
The Italians are all about luxury, especially when it comes to cool shoes, and Bottega Veneta, a fashion house founded in the mid 60s by Michele Taddei and Renzo Zengiaro, is luxury defined. Take this EUR750 short boot, for instance. The richness of detail, pointed toe, stiletto heel and superb shape combine to create the ideal shoe, which will make any outfit look like a million dollars.
6. Balenciaga Leather Pump
Yes, the fashion house of Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga is well known for breaking patterns, reinventing trends and producing luxury items that are well worth every penny. This EUR752 grey leather pump is just one example of what cool shoes really look like. It’s essentially a peep-toe, but also features a sling back buckle, blue and white geometrical patterns and a super-sleek leather covered stiletto.
7. The ‘Lita’ Platform Boot by Jeffrey Campbell
Yet another Jeffrey Campbell design, this pair of cool shoes features a concealed platform, to help elevate you and visually extend the length of your leg. The chunky wooden heel manages to look both elegant and funky. These lace-up boots with a rounded toe and gold-tone hardware cost EUR180 will work just as well with skinny jeans as will they with a sexy high-rise, bodycon skirt inspired by the ‘60s.
8. Black Leather Slip-on by Salvatore Ferragamo
This EUR295 black leather slip-on shoe reminds us what the house of Salvatore Ferragamo has always stood for: the ability to combine practicality and luxury, style and comfort. The round toe gives it a cozy feel, while the snake skin textured leather and gold metallic bow make it look very high class, ideal for any upscale professional.
9. Peep Toe Pump by Valentino
Anyone who’s ever sampled a product by Valentino, be it cool shoes, superb clothing or outstandingly delicate perfumes, knows that elegance and understated style are the hallmarks of this brand. The fashion house has been around since 1959, yet more recent designs, such as this black and nude peep-toe shoe with a leather sole, prove that their style has the appeal and staying power that has made Valentino a household name.
10. The ‘Smudge’ Wedge by Jeffrey Campell
You might be used to it by now—this pair of cool shoes also comes from star designer Jeffrey Campbell. It costs EUR170 and seamlessly combines all the hottest trends this season. It’s a wedge, an ankle booty, as well as a peeptoe. It can be combined with a party outfit, but will look just as appropriate at the office as well. The wedge heel features a tan sole, it’s covered in leather, and the whole booty is wrapped up in an eye-catching giraffe print.