Certain wardrobe staples are bound to cost much more than others. A quality handbag may require you to save up for a few months (or shell out a month's paycheck in a single swoop if you don't want to wait). Coats fall into this category, too. When you go shopping for any sort of outerwear essential, you're probably prepared to spend quite a bit‚ but splurging is going to prove worth it in the long run. Last—but certainly not least—come shoes, and even though high-quality styles designed to last might end up making a dent in your bank account, they're guaranteed to be pieces you'll reach for year after year. In other words, they're worth it.
Though we've already done a definitive guide to every fashion investment piece (from coats to jeans to jewelry), today, we thought we'd focus on the best investment shoe brands out there—all of which boast high-quality, well-made footwear that you can splurge on without the threat of buyer's remorse. Read on to see them, plus shop our favorites from each.
1. Dear Frances
Dear Frances's perfect shoes are handmade in Italy using top-quality Italian leathers and European textiles. The end result? Elegant classics that will last you a lifetime.
Every Gucci item is an investment piece, including the brand's iconic shoes. From classic loafers to summery espadrilles to platform pumps, the Italian fashion brand's footwear collection is 100% worth the splurge. Just ask anyone who owns a pair.
3. The Office of Angela Scott
Female-founded footwear brand The Office of Angela Scott is on a mission to create the most perfect work-to-play shoes that are beautiful and functional. It's safe to say the brand's definitely accomplished that.
4. Gianvito Rossi
There's a reason just about every celeb wears Gianvito Rossi's shoes almost nonstop—they're pure perfection because they hit on everything you could want in a pair of shoes. Comfort? Check. Style? Check. Top-quality materials? You got it. Buy these now, wear them forever. Trust us.
5. Black Suede Studio
If you aren't yet familiar with Canadian-based shoe brand Black Suede Studio, then now's the time to commit it to memory. Among the label's vast selection, you'll find the perfect everyday pumps, trend-forward PVC heels, and classic flats—all of which are made from top-quality materials. Per the brand, each pair has been designed with the woman on the go in mind. Sounds like you, right?
Veja is a French footwear and accessories label that blew up after Meghan Markle was spotted wearing a pair of its sneakers. But that's not the only reason they're so popular (or so investment-worthy). The brand's sneakers are eco-friendly (they're made of raw materials from organic farming and ecological agriculture) and ethically produced.
Vionic is changing the footwear game, proving that comfort and style are not mutually exclusive. The brand has everything from sneakers to wedges to espadrilles—all of which are designed by podiatrists who know what your feet need. That means shoes with good arch support and shock-absorbent rubber (or cork-like) soles. You can really walk miles in these.
8. Stuart Weitzman
Just about every celebrity has a pair (or more) of Stuart Weitzman shoes in their closet. Why? Because they're well-made and boast an incredibly classic and elegant design. From boots to the iconic Nudistsong pumps that are a red carpet regular, every style is well worth the hefty price tag.
Looking for well-made, luxurious flats that you won't find anywhere else? Goya, a Spanish-based shoe brand that reinvents traditional Menorquina' shoes (they've been worn for more than a century on Spain's Mediterranean islands), is your calling card. Prepare to fall in love.
10. Christian Louboutin
Everyone likely has a pair of Christian Louboutin heels on their wish list, and that's because they truly are such an iconic wardrobe staple (hello, red sole!). Every pair of shoes perfectly marries Parisian glamour with impeccable Italian craftsmanship—the true power duo.