My favorite part about my job is that I get to spend a lot of time shopping. It's a rare day when my laptop screen isn't dominated by 30-plus tabs featuring products from every corner of the e-commerce world. Now, being six years into my digital-fashion-editor career, I feel like a walking, talking encyclopedia of digital shopping info. I can often guess a product's exact price, give or take $20, and have an arsenal of knowledge whenever someone needs brand recommendations for something specific. Case in point: affordable shoe brands.
I am always on the hunt for a good deal for both my readers and myself. Riding on a tight budget is practically my life motto. For all those on the same page, I figured it'd be helpful to list out my favorite spots to find chic and reliable shoes under $150. Now, I am very aware that there are plenty of places to grab $20 shoes as well, but today I'm focusing on this particular price range. These eight brands ahead deliver on long-lasting quality without sacrificing style.
Shop-Pêche is the quintessential cult Instagram brand. The hidden gem is a favorite among the frequently photographed fashion crowd. It's almost a rite of passage for influencers to feature the minimalistic Brooklyn-based shop. Hit them up to find plenty of quirky and cute styles, all for under $100.
Charles & Keith
Hopefully, Charles & Keith is already on your radar by now. We've been fans of the Singapore-based accessory label for some time. To keep it brief, we'd be shocked if we ever came across something over $90 from this site.
W Concept is a treasure trove for discovering new brands. One of my latest finds is the shoe brand Amellie. Not much is known about the Korean brand, but it certainly knows what it's doing when it comes to giving classic shoe styles just the right trendy twist.
If you're on the prowl for an affordable brand that's always ahead of the curve, look no further than Jaggar. The Australian footwear brand was created by the same husband-and-wife duo behind such brands as Finders Keepers, C/Meo Collective, Keepsake, and The Fifth Label. You can trust that their playful and forward-thinking vision extends to shoes, too.
When Australian fashion brands really started to explode on the scene a few years back, Senso was one of the labels leading the pack. It's been around since the '80s, but burgeoning influencers and celebrities started taking to it in the advent of style-focused Instagram accounts.
From Sophie Turner to Gigi Hadid, there are few styles stars who haven't been spotted in this affordable shoe brand. The Swedish-based company has been around since the 1970s, which explains how it's so good at delivering on the latest '70s and '80s trend comebacks. While the brand produces plenty of contemporary and sleek styles, it's the boots that are usually worth looking out for.