Of all of the "things" one can love most in the fashion world, shoes have always been my thing. I live for cute shoes and am constantly looking for ways to add fresh, on-trend styles to my footwear wardrobe without breaking the bank. Enter Forever 21. We all know the fast-fashion retailer makes budget-friendly pieces, but its shoe game in particular has been mind-bogglingly good lately. What's more, they're not just inexpensive; they're the two things that most inexpensive shoes are not: They look expensive (their appearance in person does not belie their price) and are truly comfortable.
Though I'd been a fan of F21's footwear department since Who What Wear's market editor, Nicole Akhtarzad, turned me onto a pair of amazing mules back in 2015, my interest was reawakened recently when I met up with someone for drinks and noticed the outrageously cute frayed denim crossover slides on her feet. When I exclaimed at their cuteness and asked her where she got them, I was fully expecting to hear that they were $300 Loeffler Randalls or something along those lines. When she said she got them for $20 at Forever 21, I hit the site immediately and found them along with a host of other slides that look easily 10 times their price and are so of the moment. In total, I bought two of the satin slides below (both pink and marigold), the denim cross-over slides, and the three-strap mules—four pairs, for $84; and included a few other gems that I'm eyeing.
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These carnation-pink satin slides would be a dream on tan legs with jean cutoffs, a simple slip dress, or an A-Line mini. They made the cart in marigold, too (below).
These sold out before I could get them in my size, but I'm patiently waiting (aka stalking the site) for a restock. "Metallic" and "mesh" are two of my favorite things to see together in shoes, and this pair's easy slip-on status with walkable block heels make it a huge win.
I've seen these on several different people and can confirm that they look good on everyone. Who could have known that frayed, ribbed, denim slides were a necessity? For $20, they sure are.
I can barely describe my love for these double-strap knotted satin slides in the perfect marigold hue. They would elevate any pair of jeans in your wardrobe.
These chic neutral sandals would look so good on tan legs with a pair of denim shorts, cropped white jeans, or a simple minidress, not to mention they will elongate your legs.
Black is a worthy option too, with cigarette jeans, a blouse, and a blazer over your shoulders at the office.
Powder blue is what summer feet dreams are made of. With vintage Levi's, a cotton poplin top, and a straw bag, you're a California girl.
If there's one shoe style that's going to be the workhorse in this mix, it's these black three-strap mules. They look so much more expensive than they are and will be my new going-out heels. Let the outfits commence.
Which shoes will you be buying? Share your picks below!