After trying and testing endless pairs of high-street and designer shoes here at Who What Wear UK, we know which brands are worth investing in, whether you're looking for new trainers or out-there party shoes. While we're all obsessed with adding to our shoe collections and trying new trends, we're all about buying a pair of shoes that'll have longevity.
We've thus put together a list of 21 shoe brands that have never let us down, from the designer classics still serving up timeless favourites to high-street brands our editors love. There's also an extensive lineup of new designers that have appeared on our radar over the past year. By Far, Neous and Cult Gaia are just a few of the contemporary designers that have taken over Instagram and sparked a number of new trends, including square-toe sandals and statement mules.
So to make things easier for you, we've narrowed down the best shoe brands for all your different needs, from flat shoes to boots and party shoes to the most affordable brands. Keep scrolling to shop all the categories and find your perfect pair.
Best For Trends
Best For Flat Shoes
Bally is arguably the best for flats. The supersized buckle makes these classic loafers distinctive, while the optional push-down backs ensure these give you all the comfort you want from flat shoes. The hardest choice is picking which of their endless colours is right for you.
Best For Boots
Gianvito Rossi is a firm celebrity favourite renowned for its timeless stilettos. Without realising it, you'll have already seen them in hundreds of catwalk and red carpet pictures already. But over the past year, its boot collections have stood well above the rest. From slouchy knee-highs with a chic '80s feel to sultry thigh-highs, it's got every style spot-on.
By Far is an Australian brand that recently broke out on social media. It's loved for their micro bags and square-toe sandals, but it's really the boots that have stood out over recent months. From brown croc square-toe boots to this lace-up pair, they're all really photogenic and beyond comfy.
Best Affordable Brands
If you aren't already familiar with Charles & Keith, we're about to let you in on one of the best shoe secrets in fashion. Its extensive footwear collections offer modern, stylish and trend-led shoes for a fraction of the price you might expect to pay.
Office really excels at could-be-designer trend-led styles everyone will ask you about. This season alone, Office has had several shoe styles that have gone viral due to its influencer and editor following. The metal toe-cap cowboy boots are just one example of a pair we were all fighting over in the office.
Best For Party Shoes
Attico really does create the best party shoes. You can expect everything from pink crushed velvet, all-over embellishments, ankle-climbing satin ties and full-on feathers. The Art Deco vintage style is what keeps this brand unique, and you can guarantee with each new season comes an incredibly beautiful (and Instagrammable) new shoe collection.
Manolo Blahnik is a timeless classic brand we'll always be in love with. The Marysale mules are a firm favourite with the fashion crowd, and the label continues to add new colourways each season. When it comes to the party season, we simply can't resist embellished Manolo pumps.
This brand was originally the result of a collaboration between street style star Ada Kokosar and acclaimed shoe label Paciottia, and it's now continuing in its own right. Inspired by Cinderella's glass slipper, all of the shoes are coated in transparent plastic. They really are the definition of modern-day party heels.
Best For Comfortable Shoes
Vegan sneaker brand Veja has quickly become the new favourite off-duty trainer brand for fashion editors and influencers. All of the styles are simple, classic and wear in quickly, meaning they've quickly become the ultimate everyday shoe. Meghan Markle even has a pair.
If ever you're going to invest in a pair of classic boots you can walk for hours in, it without a doubt needs to be a pair of Grensons. The British brand has been running since 1866 and has a whole heap of history behind them, yet it's still making standout styles that sell out everywhere. The only problem with Grensons is you might not be able to find a pair in your size.