The 10 Most Popular Designer Shoes of All Time

Certain designer pieces have a way of making it into every fashion lover's closet at one point or another. One peek at the picks that make any list of luxury items we round up, and you'll come to learn they all have a few things in common: They're top-quality, they're timeless, and they're quite pricey. We know the latter may not be exactly what you want to hear, but each makes for a worthy investment piece that you'll have hanging in your wardrobe for years to come. 

The same can be said about the 10 most popular designer shoes of all time. It's a hard title to earn, especially when you take into account the sheer number of standout shoes that flood the vast footwear market, but every style we found below has made the list for a particular reason. Each pair has a can't-miss element to it, whether it be a unique heel, a specific pattern, or an all-around iconic silhouette. Read on to see and shop the designer shoes that are a part of fashion set's forever wardrobes.

1. Chanel Slingbacks


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Chanel's iconic two-tone shoe was initially released back in 1957 and was quickly scooped up by the likes of Catherine Deneuve, Romy Schneider, Brigitte Bardot, and Jane Fonda. To this day, the classic pumps remain a fashion favorite thanks to their sleek silhouette and neutral colorway.

2. Prada's Chunky Logo Plaque Loafers


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Prada received lots of attention for its chunky logo loafers last fall, and the style is here to stay if the fashion set has anything to say about it.

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3. Maison Margiela Tabi


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Maison Margiela's eye-catching Tabi styles have earned a cult-like following simply because they are unique, conversation-starting pieces. The trademark cleft-toe shape has become a can't-miss feature on many of the brand's shoes, which actually pays homage to designer John Galliano's love of upcycling and distressed details. 

4. Gucci Princetown Loafer

When is a Gucci shoe not an instant hit? This particular loafer is the classic shoe that is in the wardrobe of many fashion people. I can see why, as the minimalist and sleek design makes it a pair that can go with just about any outfit.

5. Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pump


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Manolo Blahnik's shoes have always been iconic, but ever since Carrie Bradshaw made a blue pair of Hangisi heels her "something blue," they became the heels that everyone wanted, and till this day, brides are searching for the heels for their big day. 

6. Hermès Oran Sandals

One of Hermès's best sellers, the Oran is a staple that you'll return to every time the weather gets warm. 

7. Bottega Veneta Debossed Leather Mules


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8. Amina Muaddi Lupita heels

Amina Muaddi's heels are considered a "newer" luxury staple, but they're worth keeping on your radar from here on out. The fluted heel came from the idea of making the feminine stiletto edgier, which clearly works since it's already gained a huge following over the past few years.

9. Dior J'Adior Slingbacks

While I've been seeing Dior's sneakers on my social feed lately, its slingbacks are still the logo-mania style that fashion people will always have a love for. 

10. Celine Madame Boots


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RIP, Old Celine. These boots are rare on the secondhand market, but there are still options available to shop if you search hard enough. Once you get your hands on a pair, you're not going to want to part ways with it.

Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.