The One Pair of Shoes Everyone Should Have in Their Wardrobes

Black high heels are a classic item that should belong in every grown-up wardrobe (along with a trench coat, a white shirt and a well-fitting pair of jeans), but which are the best? There are plenty of pairs to choose from, so it can be somewhat daunting to commit. Feeling overwhelmed? Fear not—whether you're looking to invest in a pair of designer stilettos or find a version on the high street for under £100, we've put together a guide to the best pairs to buy.

Our editor-in-chief believes that if you are looking for a pair of comfy stilettos and are willing to invest, Prada is your best bet (she's convinced they are the most reliably comfortable and well made around). While on the high street, Topshop and & Other Stories are our favourite brands for chic black heels that won't kill your feet or your bank account.

We have divided the best black heels into the four classics—court shoes, slingbacks, strappy sandals and mules. Even if you aren't a high-heel wearer usually, you might find there is an occasion where it pays to have a pair ready. Scroll below to shop our edit of the best black high heels around.

Classic Court Shoes

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Kate Moss often wears Christian Louboutin's glossy stilettos. In fact, he designed the patent leather So Kate pumps especially for her. We are also a fan of Jimmy Choo's Romy pumps and Gianvito Rossi's Classic 100.

Slingbacks

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A pair of black slingback heels will always be a classic—and we think the best are Jimmy Choo's Erin 60 slingbacks and the Balenciaga knife slingbacks.

Strappy Heels

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When it comes to shoes this season, the general rule is the thinner the straps, the better. Topshop's £46 strippy heels keep selling out.

Mules

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A pair of black mules are an elegant, easy-to-wear option. If you're looking to invest, go for the Manolo Blahnik Maysale 50.