Great shoes are a woman’s best friend. They lift any outfit, they make you feel taller, and best of all – if they fit you once they’ll fit you for life. The best shoes – designer shoes – can be prohibitively expensive. But choose the right pair and they will more than earn their worth. That’s why we like to call them ‘investment shoes’.
Here are five iconic pairs that you won’t regret investing in.
1. Gucci Jordaan loafers
You’ll likely be familiar with Gucci’s iconic Horsebit loafer. But Alessandro Michele’s arrival at the helm of Gucci in January 2015 signalled a renaissance for the style. Reworked with a slimmer shape to create the Jordaan style (pictured above), the horsebit-adorned loafer is once again a must-have.
Whether you go for the classic loafer or the ever-popular backless version, it’s a buy you will never regret.
2. Chanel two-tone slingbacks
First created by Coco Chanel in 1957, there’s more to Chanel’s two-tone slingbacks than meets the eye; the nude upper lengthens the leg, while the black toe shortens the foot. Genius.
If you can’t find a pair for love nor money, Chanel’s two-tone flat ballet pumps are just as iconic and the colour-way has the exact same effect, even without a heel.
3. Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps
With it’s pointed toe and pencil-straight 120mm heel, the shoe is loved for it’s posture-correcting and leg-lengthening abilities. Kate Moss has countless pairs, and you’ll rarely see her on the red carpet wearing any other shoe.
Black patent is the signature fabrication but due to their popularity they are available in a plethora of fabrics and treatments.
4. Chloé Susanna boots
These studded ankle boots, featuring three buckles and a subtle floral motif, captured the zeitgeist with their rock and roll vibe. Eight years after their launch, they still sell like proverbial hot cakes, and they are available in a range pf luxurious fabrics such as calf skin and suede.
5. Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps
When Carrie Bradshaw chose Manolo Blahnik’s jewel blue Hangisi pumps as her ‘something blue’ when she (finally) married Big in the first Sex and The City film, she unwittingly (or perhaps not) bestowed icon status upon the shoe.
Satin-covered with a 105mm heel, the Hangisi was inspired Napoleon I, Josephine and Pauline Bonaparte. The signature Swarovski-embellished buckle on the toe, meanwhile, was inspired by a vintage piece found by Blahnik, a lover of accessories, in Italy.
OK, so just one pair of these shoes might be the equivalent of your whole year’s fashion budget, but that’s why you have to treat them as an investment. Investment shoes are shoes that have already proven their fashion kudos, and they are made to last. Spend a few hundred pounds and you will feel like a million dollars every time you wear them. Now that’s just good maths…