There are so many new shoe brands out there at the moment so I have spent some time checking them all out to see which ones are really worth spending our money on, or to put on your summer sales list.
I try to avoid most high street shoes, when I give in and buy them I have often never ended up wearing any of them! Usually there is something slightly off with the shape or the material or they just cripple me. I do still look though as sometimes you hit the jackpot.
That is why I buy most of my shoes from Vestiaire Collective, as I am happy to wait, and you can usually find most brands at discounted prices, like these Celine ballet flats I bought a couple of weeks ago.
With shoes you have to spend your money on the ones you are going to be wearing everyday, not the ‘once in a blue moon’ heels (which are mostly worn in the dark anyway).
I have a love/hate relationship with flats as I love the convenience but they also have to be comfortable. I have sold so many pairs as I always end with blisters or that horrible ache at the ball of your foot…what is the point, I might as well wear trainers.
J Crew is a brand I have come back to for shoes because they are so comfortable and the price point is affordable (especially in the sales).
I bought two pairs at £40 each and have worn them non stop (I am hardy and never wear socks).
I also love the brand Mia Moltrasio, thank you Sana for the tip.
Celine is obviously the holy grail and I have tracked down the ballet flat to Vestiaire and they are like slippers, you can find so many preloved ones, you just have to be patient.
I also love the new shoe brands, such as Martiniano, I bought a pair of ‘nana’ shoes in the sale
In the summer I seldom wear heels and am looking out for a pair of mules and a pair of backless slippers by Mansur Gavriel. The heel height is perfect, these can be worn non stop with jeans, shorts or dresses. I also love Maryam Nassir Zadeh for the simplicity of her designs. Both these brands are still holding their price in the preloved market which is a sign of a future classic.
So far Topshop has the best selection on line and I have ordered the slingback version in baby blue as the Celine ones just make my foot look too long. I will let you know how I get on with them. Dune and Mango are also brands to check out as they are, in my opinion, great at following the trends.