True classics that are worth having.
It should be reminded that shoes hold a similar place in the sartorial heart as handbags.
They are wired to fit you no matter what, they can make a boring outfit amazing, and they are often masterpieces in creativity and craftsmanship.
So, if you are about to invest your hard-earned, hard-saved money in a pair that you won’t regret come next season, you’ve come to the right place:
Gucci Jordaan Loafers
You will likely be familiar with Gucci’s iconic Horsebit loafer.
As the story goes, while working at London hotel, the Savoy, just after WW1, a young Guccio Gucci (the brands eponymous founder) noticed hoe significant equestrian symbols were to the English aristocracy.
Thus, when he started the Gucci brand in 1921 he made sure the iconography became intertwined with its identity.
It was his son, Aldo, who introduced the Horsebit loafer in 1953. The sumptuous leather slip-on quickly became synonymous with the jet set and Hollywood stars alike.
Whether you go for the classic loafer or the ever-popular backless version, it’s a buy you will never regret.
Chanel two-tone slingbacks
You need to head to a Chanel store to get hold of a pair – and there’s no guarantee Chanel will continue to make them for years to come. If that’s not a good enough excuse to go and buy them now, we don’t know what is.
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 effect, even without a heel.
Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps
It’s named after a seedy area in Paris – Quartier Pigalle, home to the Moulin Rouge and other such establishments – the Pigalle is by far Christian Louboutin’s most iconic red-soled shoe.
With its pointed toe and pencil-straight 120mm heel, the shoe is loved for its posture-correcting the leg-lengthening abilities.
Kate Moss has countless pairs, and you will 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.
Chloe Susanna boots
Launched as part of the pre-fall 2008 collection, French fashion house, Chloe created an icon with the Susanna.
The studded ankle boots, featuring three buckles and a subtle floral motif, captured the zeitgeist with their rock and roll vive and were seen constantly on the feet of sienna Miller and Kate Bosworth. They swiftly sold out everywhere.
Eight years and counting they still sell like proverbial hot cakes, even though their price tag hovers around the €850 mark, depending on whether you opt for buttery soft calf-skin, suede or whatever other fabrication you fancy (velvet is also an option this season).
Miller and Bosworth are still spotted in theirs today, as are countless other stylish women who consider them their failsafe.
Balenciaga Ceinture boots
If you are partial to the odd bit of street style browsing, you’ll no doubt have seen Balenciaga’s Clodhopping Ceinture boots on the feet of many a show-goer.
Designed by the Parisian fashion house’s then creative Director Nicolas Ghesquiere in 2010 as part of the spring/summer 2011 collection, these decidedly non-summery boots were a slow burn but are now a sure-fire icon.
With the direct translation of Ceinture being ‘belt’, the boots are punctuated by two belt-like chunky buckles across the top of the foot around the ankle.
Add those features to the signature cut-outs at the ankle and you have the recipe for punk-inspired footwear success.
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 bestowed icon status upon the shoe.
Olivia Palermo even decided to wear them on her 2014 wedding day.
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.
Photo credit: Manolo Blahnik, Balenciaga, Chloe, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, and Gucci
Written by : Eromosele Patrick Eidusi