If you’re the type of person who once a month (around payday) considers blowing it all on a new pair of shoes, settle down for 10 minutes of required reading. Below, we give you our comprehensive shoe designer list, from the big names we’ve loved for decades (cough, Manolo) to the new brands making our feet look a little more special. Keep scrolling to see—and shop—the 16 designer shoe brands making a real impact this year.
When Carrie Bradshaw was mugged in New York in an episode of Sex and the City, she famously said “Please, sir, you can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and watch, but you can’t take my Manolo Blahniks.” We don’t blame her, as Manolos are arguably the most beautiful shoes in the world.
Shoe lovers won’t need to be introduced to Aquazzura—this brand has an A-list following and is Meghan Markle’s go-to label. Markle wore these for her engagement photograph and with her second wedding dress by Stella McCartney.
Korean shoe brand Yuul Yie is a new name in fashion circles, and it found its fame on Instagram. These shoes combine glamour with comfort, as the heels are only 70mm but have the same impact as any pair of stilettos.
Bottega Veneta has had a revival this year which, if you use Instagram, we’re sure hasn’t passed you by. The shoes are perhaps the most covetable items from the new collection and anybody who is anybody will have a pair of these soon.
If you’ve seen a pair of statement sculptural shoes in a street style image, chances are they’re by cult label Neous.
Instagram-famous brand By Far creates shoes around the £300 price point, and it’s largely to thank for the square-toed sandal trend. Don’t miss out on their great boots this autumn though.
Loq creates classic shoes with a modern twist—the mules are one of the It shoe styles of 2019.
London Fashion Week brand Dorateymur is another relative newcomer, and it’s beloved for its sculptural ankle boots and loafers with statement buckle detailing.
Tabitha Simmons launched her label back in 2009 and is loved for her feminine colours and silhouettes—Alexa Chung is a big fan of her elegant ballet flats.
Son of Italian designer Sergio Rossi, Gianvito Rossi launched his own shoe label in 2006 and has become one of the most loved names in the industry. There are 60 steps to making a pair of Gianvitos.
Parisian label Roger Vivier has been creating dream shoes since 1937, and it’s one of the most esteemed names in the industry. Even the queen has worn Viviers.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh is another Instagram name that lives up to the hype—the colourful pumps, plastic mules and leather boots are worthy of every single like.
Alexandre Birman is our go-to for wedding sandals, as the bow-adorned Clarita sandals come in several heights and colours, meaning there’s a pair for every single dress.
British brand Malone Souliers is another London Fashion Week favourite, and it’s our go-to for bold heels. You can spot the Maureen heels on the red carpet at least once a week on the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Olivia Palermo.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. Jimmy Choo have always been the obvious go-to for event dressing but we can’t not give them credit for creating the most perfect knee-high boot of 2019.
Newcomer Amina Muaddi has become the go-to for glamorous party shoes that stand out from the crowd. With feathers and crystals galore these are shoes that make you feel special.
Up next, see our autumn/winter trend guide.
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