11 Shoe Buys I Want You to Know About


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It’s a big part of my job as a fashion editor to write about the latest trends and brands and how celebs and stylish fashion girls are wearing them. What this means is I’m in a constant state of discovery. At the end of the day, though, not every new trend fits in with my personal style, and I always stay true to what I love—and this couldn’t be truer than when it comes to my shoe wardrobe.

So which shoes am I actually wearing myself? With a quick stop over at my Instagram, you’ll find the styles and designers that I’m personally endorsing. Whether it’s boots from newer brands like By Far that have caught my eye in a major way or iconic shoes from heritage brands like Gucci or Roger Vivier that will always be in style, my wardrobe is a mix of what I’m personally loving. Read on to see the shoe buys I can’t stop wearing right now and want you to know about.


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In my book, By Far can do no wrong, and I'm not so secretly obsessed with all of their shoes and bags. This pair of faux croc square toe boots are the lastest shoes I've added to my closet and I love that they make any outfit feel instantly cool and polished.


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While I tend to gravitate toward neutrals, I couldn't resist this pair of yellow suede heels from Tony Bianco. They're the perfect shoe for the office, and the low kitten heel makes them incredibly comfortable.


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I had been contemplating buying these Chanel slingbacks for ages and finally added them to my closet a couple years ago. Since then, they've become one of my most-worn and most-loved shoes that take me everywhere from the office to events to dinner with friends.


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These Gucci loafers were a Christmas gift a few years back and have become one of my everyday staples. More recently, they've become my go-to style for flights now that I have TSA precheck and don't have to take my shoes off at the airport.


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Say hello to my dream shoe. An ankle boot finished in satin with crystal embellishments—what more could a girl ask for?


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At this point, you're probably caught onto my Roger Vivier obsession. The iconic shoe brand designs pieces I want to wear every single day and night.


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I call these my "Slytherin" shoes because of the snake-like strap that coils around the ankle. If you're looking for a cool statement shoe, this won't fail you.


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I don't wear flats often but love this sleek, pointed toe style from Tory Burch.


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One of my best shoe-shopping secrets is to buy lightly used styles from luxury consignment retailers like The Real Real, where I look for pieces that are in excellent condition. It's a great way to add designer pieces to your closet at a fraction of the cost. These Manolos only set me back $150, and I found a similar style priced at just $75.


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I added these hiking boots to my closet at the end of last winter so I haven't had a chance to wear them much. But on a recent trip to New York, they were my most-worn shoe. Hiking boots have emerged as one of the biggest fall shoe trends so the timing to wear these couldn't be better. These have sold out, but I found a very similar pair.


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I picked these sandals up for a trip to Italy and loved them so much I ordered a second pair for when I wear these ones out.

Next: six winter shopping picks all of our editors agree on.

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.com, 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.