These 7 In-Demand High Heels Are Dominating This Year


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While shoe talk of late has largely revolved around the perpetual rise of close-to-the-ground styles such as ballerinas and flat Mary Janes, high heels are continuing to dominate—especially when you look at specific styles. The most in-demand designs are sitting in the closets of celebs and the fashion set, who have been wearing them on repeat. If you fall into the camp of stiletto enthusiasts, these are the designer heels you’ve probably been considering adding to your wardrobe recently.

Right now, we’re seeing patent leather make a major comeback, so many of the biggest styles have a shiny finish. Pointed toes are another common theme among the top high-heel silhouettes as sleek shapes continue to take over. Ahead, shop the best high heels to own this year and take inspiration from the fashion set for how to style them.

Saint Laurent Lee Pumps


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Selling out practically everywhere, the Saint Laurent Lee Pumps are one of the key high-heel styles to own this season. With their metallic buckle adorning the ankle strap, patent-leather finish, and towering sculptural heels, they certainly make a statement.

Miu Miu Buckled Slingbacks


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When it comes to the most in-demand shoes to know, Miu Miu's slingbacks top that list. The '90s-inspired design incorporates buckled straps, a sharply pointed toe, and neutral black and burgundy colorways.

Jimmy Choo x Jean Paul Gaultier Pumps


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The just-dropped Jimmy Choo x Jean Paul Gaultier collaboration has already caused quite a buzz among the fashion set, particularly the lace-up pumps that are sold out in practically every single size. If you want to get your hands on them, act quickly.

The Row Lana Pumps


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The Row never fails to deliver on the shoe front. The brand's mastery of reserved minimalism is evident in one of its latest heels: the Lana Pumps. Yet another take on patent-leather high heels, the shoes are a prime example of simplicity at its best.

Bottega Veneta Bunnie Mules


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Leave it to Bottega Veneta to create an accessory that the fashion set can't stop talking about. While the Andiamo Bag and Drop Earrings have created quite the buzz as of late, the Bunnie Mules are another piece to add to that list.

Loewe Toy Bow Heels


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When Loewe's Toy heels adorned with oversize bows hit the runway, the style set took note. While we are already seeing traction for the high heels, I expect them to be even bigger as we head into the holiday season. These are primed for any event with a festive dress code.

Magda Butrym Satin Mules


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Speaking of holiday shoes, this style from Magda Butrym has all the makings of the key shoes to wear in the coming months. Finished in satin and adorned with appliquéd flowers and pearls, these have "party shoes" written all over them.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.