If you ask me, shoes are the foundation of every outfit. They are, quite literally, the base and can change the whole direction of a look, and bring so much flavour and excitement to an otherwise regular outfit. A white button-down shirt and a pair of jeans is a pretty standard look. But pair it with a hot pink strappy sandal and, all of a sudden, it goes from basic to the type of outfit people will stop to ask you about. The argument can be made that you really only need a simple collection of clothing in your closet as long as you are investing in your shoe collection.
Now, regardless of my predilection for shoes, you cannot ignore the fact that they tend to be a focal point for designers and stylists as well (whether it’s as intentional as building a look from the shoes up or not). Bottega Veneta’s quilted sandal first appeared in their Pre-Fall 2019 collection and all but took over the feet of the fashion community and celebrities alike. And a shoe like the Chanel ballet flat is cemented in the fashion collective consciousness as the epitome of chic ease.
But the ultimate stamp of approval, however, comes from celebrities being seen out wearing certain shoes. Amina Muaddi has risen in popularity not only because her signature heels are stylish but also because they are frequently seen on the feet of celebrities like Rihanna, Dua Lipa, and Kendall Jenner – celebrity endorsements that can put a shoe in the “heel above the rest” category.
We’ve rounded up the 10 of the most coveted shoes to step up any outfit.