The Only 5 Shoe Styles Worth Owning, According to Eva Chen

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It's no secret that we've been longtime admirers of Eva Chen's style. (Please see exhibits A and B.) Given that the former editor in chief of the Condé Nast magazine Lucky and the current head of fashion partnerships at Instagram has garnered an audience of over one million followers on the aforementioned social media platform, it's safe to say we're not the only ones who are currently coveting her enviable style.

If you're also one of Chen's devoted followers, then you're no doubt familiar with the viral #EvaChenPose hashtag and the many, many shoes that she's snapped herself wearing while riding in the back seat of taxis throughout NYC. Thanks to a recent Instagram Story posted by Chen in which she solicited questions from her followers, we now have an edited list of the modern style icon's favorite shoe styles.

One curious follower posed the question, "If you could only wear one pair of shoes for the rest of your life, which would they be?" Chen replied: Birkenstock sandals, Chanel ballet flats, Manolo Blahnik sling-back sandals, Gianvito Rossi pumps, and, last but not least, Nike Cortez sneakers.

After taking a quick scroll through Chen's Instagram feed, we can confirm that she does, in fact, wear these shoe styles nonstop. Keep scrolling to see and shop the shoe styles Chen can't live without.

Eva Chen Instagram story



Birkenstock Sandals

Topping the list, Birkenstock sandals are one of the shoe styles Chen owns in a wide range of hues—and sports on the regular.

Chanel Ballet Flats

Classic and comfortable, Chanel ballet flats are a staple that Chen wears with everything from shorts to sundresses.

Manolo Blahnik Slingbacks

A favorite shoe style among the fashion set, Manolo Blahnik slingback shoes instantly elevate any look, as Chen demonstrates here.

Gianvito Rossi Heels

Coming in at number four, Gianvito Rossi heels in bold hues and embellished styles are clearly Chen's go-tos for dressing up.

Nike Cortez Sneakers

For more laid-back looks, Chen swears by Nike Cortez sneakers in classic black-and-white color schemes.