7 Designer Shoes I'm Freaking Over, Plus 28 Affordable Pairs I'm Eyeing


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Without a doubt, there’s always one thing I’ll never regret spending money on—ahem, shoes. I can buy into a trend and find it’s not worth the hype, or I can splurge on a pair of jeans only to hate the way they fit my curves, but shoes never disappoint. So, it’s only logical that investing in a pair of designer shoes is never a bad call. Of course, there are endless options of trendy heels and cool sneakers, so where does one even start? Ahead, I’m spilling what seven designer shoes are on my radar, based on which ones have reached cult status on Instagram and which shoe trends I’m betting will be big in the coming months.

If you’re not ready to invest quite yet, I’ve also shared 28 alternative affordable shoes that are just as chic. Either way, I’ve got you covered in the shoe department so you can spend less time stressing about what to buy and more time strutting in your new favorite shoes (thank me later).


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Ahh, Attico’s Devon Mule, where do I even begin? While this style isn’t the newest It shoe on the block (it’s been a steadfast part of every influencer’s feed for over a year now), I’m still not over it. It’s the perfect addition to any wardrobe because it comes in various colorways, can be styled with just about anything, and that angled heel is sure to keep you on your toes.

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Is it even possible to round up dreamy designer shoes without including Amina Muaddi? Her heels have become beloved by the fashion set for their usage of colors, crystals, and other quirky elements. I can’t think of a better strappy sandal to invest in for spring as they lend themselves to being a sandal you can pull out for seasons to come.

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Not going to lie: When I spotted ballet flats on Miu Miu’s F/W 22 runway, my inner middle schooler was screaming. As much as I love a pair of stilettos, the idea of bringing back ballet flats is equally as appealing as any other footwear trend. Without a doubt these shoes are about to be everywhere, so now’s the time to invest in them.

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If Cinderella was shopping for new shoes, I’m guessing Mach & Mach’s iconic double bow pumps would be right up her alley. Jokes aside, these pumps lend themselves well to being invested in for a special occasion (like a wedding). But I dream of popping them on to roll up to my bodega. Does that make me extra? Yes. Do I care? Nope.

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Are we over the Prada Spazzolato Logo Leather Loafers? For me, it’s a no. I can’t get enough of these shoes no matter how often I spot them in my feed. When it comes to making an *actually* practical shoe purchase, these fit the bill perfectly since they’re timeless, versatile, and downright comfortable.

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Versace rose to the level of notoriety it has today in the late ’90s, so it only makes sense that the luxury house has been turning heads again for the beloved shoe trend of the era: platforms. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Versace’s Medusa Platform Pumps—they are literal perfection. Plus, if I’m going out, it better be with a pair of platforms on.

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Last but not least, the one pair of shoes I find myself obsessing over the most is Loewe’s Broken Egg Sandals. I should note that talking about these shoes is like walking on eggshells because I’m waiting for them to be restocked, and my partner continually tells me I don’t need them. Alas, here I am dreaming of them. And while all of Loewe’s S/S 22 footwear is fabulous, I’ll be hatching a plan to get my hands on these babies.

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Jasmine Fox-Suliaman

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman is a fashion editor living in New York City. What began as a hobby (blogging on Tumblr) transformed into a career dedicated to storytelling through various forms of digital media. She started her career at the print publication 303 Magazine, where she wrote stories, helped produce photo shoots, and planned Denver Fashion Week. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as MyDomaine's social media editor until she was promoted to work across all of Clique's publications (MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Who What Wear) as the community manager. Over the past few years, Jasmine has worked on Who What Wear's editorial team, using her extensive background to champion rising BIPOC designers, weigh in on viral trends, and profile stars such as Janet Mock and Victoria Monét. She is especially interested in exploring how art, fashion, and pop culture intersect online and IRL.