After a year spent reviewing everything from runway shows and celebrity outfits to Instagram style and new arrivals at our favorite retailers, Who What Wear’s editors have collectively covered every corner of the fashion world in 2018. When it comes to our own personal wardrobes, though, we all have different takes on style, ranging from trend-forward to edgy to classic, so the pieces that land in each of our closets range across the board. There’s no doubting that we all share at least one common fashion interest, though—shoes.
Curious to find out which shoes were the staff favorites from the past year, I asked each of our editors to weigh in with their best buys. Which ones would they have been mad if they had passed on, and which are the most-worn styles in their closets? Ahead, see the best shoe buys Who What Wear’s editors made in 2018 and then shop them for yourself. Scroll on to see why each of them made the cut, and find my picks at the end (including a $70 Zara find I’ve been wearing on repeat).
Kat Collings, Editor in Chief
Michelle Scanga, Managing Editor
Allyson Payer, Editor
"These were a Black Friday sale purchase, so I've only had them for a minute, but I've been having so much fun wearing them since they arrived that they've become a fast favorite. I tend to forget to buy black shoes (in favor of fun colors and printed pairs), but when I do invest in a new pair, I end up wearing them a ton. That's already happening with these square-toe beauties."
Nicole Eshaghpour, Market Editor
Erin Fitzpatrick, Senior News Editor
"I'm 5'10", so I tend to gravitate toward practical flats (but with some kind of upgraded detailing). I found navy Aquazzura flats on sale, and I can't stop wearing them. Sadly the white versions are full-price, but I think they're a smart investment for work outfits."
Lauren Eggertsen, Fashion Editor
Anna LaPlaca, Assistant Editor
"These are my most recent shoe acquisition, and I have to admit that I was influenced to buy them thanks to seeing literally everyone wearing them on Instagram. No regrets whatsoever, though. My feet feel like they're walking on a cloud, and I feel like a more badass version of myself when I wear them."
Kristen Nichols, Associate Editor