Shoes, shoes, shoes. We can't help but love them. So much so that if we tallied up all the pairs the Who What Wear editors own, we would most definitely need a calculator. Of course, we can get on board with a brilliant expensive-looking high-street shoe find as much as the next person, but when it comes to footwear, nothing quite beats the thrill of unboxing (and slipping on) a beautifully made luxury pair.
And because shoes are one of those items that can really make an outfit, transforming it from plain to showstopping in seconds, and because you tend to wear your favourite pairs again and again over many years, we're of the opinion that the cost per wear when investing in a designer pair you adore becomes worth it rather quickly.
Of course, it's all about finding the perfect pair for you so that you get the most out of them. And not just the most wear (although, looking out for a timeless style helps) but also the most joy. Because shoes are undeniably something that brings happiness to our wardrobes, whether that comes from wearing a beautiful classic like The Row's Zip Front boots or a bold statement piece like Amina Muaddi's mules or Jimmy Choo's Aveline bow heels.
So if you've been considering levelling up your shoe game for a while and want to make sure the styles you pick are going to stand the test of time, as well as enhance your wardrobe (and your life), you'll want to keep scrolling to see our edit of the all-time best designer shoes money can buy. We've tried to cover everything from heels you can dance the night away in to mules that are perfect for heading back into the office with and ankle boots you can wear all year round. Don't worry—we won't keep you apart any longer…
1. Mach & Mach Bow Pumps
2. Gucci Jordaan Loafers
3. Manolo Blahnik Maysale Mules
Everyone knows Manolo is the king of beautiful shoes, and the Maysale is one of his all-time best designs. Feminine yet modern, the low heel is perfect for dressing up but still comfortable. Of course, these come in an array of colours, but the navy dresses up jeans beautifully.
4. The Row Zip-Front Ankle Boots
5. Prada Platforms
6. Saint Laurent Loafers
7. Loeffler Randall's Plissé Mules
8. Paris Texas Knee-High Boots
9. Christian Louboutin Kate Pumps
10. Aeydē Suede Ankle Boots
11. Amina Muaddi Mules
If you're the kind of person who wants their shoes to put a smile on their face, it's important you own a pair of Amina Muaddi heels. They'll bring any and all outfits to life, from ball gowns to jeans and a white T-shirt.
12. Chloé Woody Slides
13. Manolo Blahnik Lurum Heels
14. Bottega Veneta Quilted Slides
15. Manolo Blahnik Black Pumps
16. ATP Atelier Leather Sandals
17. Khaite Suede Mules
18. Hermès Oran Sandals
19. By Far Sofia Ankle Boots
20. Jimmy Choo Aveline Bow Heels
21. Jimmy Choo Biker Boots