Editors' Picks: The Best Shoe Brands to Splurge and Save On
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that here at Who What Wear we’re a bit shoe-obsessed. From mastering how to stand in them, to uncovering shoe-buying mistakes, to learning bizarre shoe-facts, and, of course, to shopping the latest styles, we simply can’t get enough. That’s why, today, we’re bringing you our editors’ favorite shoe brands—but not just one each. We’ve chosen the brands we like to splurge on, as well as the one we save on.
Keep scrolling to discover 12 brands for every budget.
"I have a really hard time finding stilettos that don't totally kill my feet, because I was blessed from birth with extremely high arches. Heels are my enemy, but also one of my great loves in life—so you can imagine my delight with I got my first pair of Weitzman Nouveau pumps and didn't experience intense pain with each wear! I just love them. They're a classic silhouette, but they come in a lot of fun colors too."
Stuart Weitzman The Nouveau Pump ($365) in Black Patent
"When I need to get a decent pair of shoes on a budget, I head to Aldo. You have to do a bit more work to find something really great, but when you do, it's a major win. Their Aldo Rise capsule is of particular note—they partner with rising designers to offer modern and edgy pairs that still aren't too pricey."
Aldo XYLO Heels ($120) in Navy
"I think I actually probably wear my Supergas too much, but I love how versatile they are. I can wear them with a leather jacket and midi skirt and not feel overly-dressed, or with my tank and leggings on the way to yoga and feel a little more polished."
Superga 2750 Cotu Classic ($65) in White
"So this is an ironic choice for me because I'm not a big fan of what Hedi Slimane has done to Saint Laurent overall, but he's done an awesome overhaul of the brand’s shoe offerings. While the Tributes are iconic, they're a little too much for me—it's the boots and sneakers that I can't get enough of."
Saint Laurent Wyatt Ankle Botts ($995) in Light Brown
"Now, don't get me wrong, I don't just throw my money at these shoes either—they're not that cheap. But comparatively they're a steal, the sneakers and sandals especially. And they're so well-made and versatile that the purchase is always worthwhile."
Vince Open Toe ankle Strap Sandals – Gita ($277) in Woodsmoke
"When I’m not wearing my own Gianvito Rossi sandals to death, I’m probably borrowing my sister’s. To put it simply, Rossi’s shoes are just the best. He has a way of perfecting the simplest and most classic shoe styles to the point that you really don’t need any thing else. That said, you can never have enough shoes."
Gianvito Rossi Crisscross Ankle Strap Sandals ($835) in Black
"I’ve been wearing (and loving) Topshop’s shoes since high school, and continue to do so to this day. Their heels and boots especially have always looked way more expensive than their $100-adjacent price tags, and they have a range of both classic and trendy options."
Topshop Grand Suede Mules ($105) in Black
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