As any woman who’s ever walked on earth, I love getting new shoes and own more than I should. Unfortunately, many of these shoes resulted from an infatuation, a whim, and are now forgotten at the bottom of my shoe rack. On the other hand, others are a true and long-lasting love story, and I repeatedly wear them. These essential shoes are from must-have brands that I’ve curated for my capsule wardrobe.
To avoid pilling up shoes that I won’t wear much because either the style and design will go soon out of fashion or because of their poor quality, I now prefer investing in labels I already know, love and trust. So, I selected the 9 must-have brands that make some of my favourite shoes, classic models that are comfortable and long-lasting, to complement any capsule wardrobe.
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The classic and timeless staples
When speaking about a shoe capsule wardrobe, one must mention Manolo Blahnik. The elegant pumps and mules are pure perfection and chic staples you’ll wear for several years. Long before Carrie Bradshaw begged the New York mugger not to take her Manolos in Sex in The City, Bianca Jagger was already rocking Manolos heels while riding a horse – led by a naked giant covered in golden glitter – at the legendary nightclub Studio 54 in 1977. Now talk about partying!
The Italian shoe brand Gianvito Rossi is well-known for some of the most comfortable stilettos in the world, and this alone should make it worth it, but that’s not all; they are also beautiful and flattering! We also like the cool boots they make.
Chic shoe essentials with a twist
We love Rejina Pyo shoes. The London-based fashion brand creates elegant shoes with a twist. For example, the feminine kitten heels and mules have little metal or wooden sculptures as heels.
The Spanish brand Hereu reinterprets artisanal traditions. The shoes are locally handcrafted in the most sustainable way, and thanks to the nostalgic retro style, they make timeless staples for a chic capsule wardrobe.
Cult Gaia is a young brand that also plays with the statement heels of its beautiful mules and slingback pumps.
Neous is another contemporary brand that makes footwear with simple silhouettes but incredible heels, some in plexiglass, others in wood with sculptural shapes. I especially love the rushed ballerinas that are timeless yet contemporary shoe staples in my capsule wardrobe. The shoes are produced in the factory in Italy that makes Ferragamo’s shoes, so you can be sure the quality is excellent.
Boots; the fall and winter must-have shoes in any capsule wardrobe
The ankle boots by Ellery are the kind of cool essential shoes you will never want to take off your feet. The off-beat shapes, unexpected details and finishes make these boots perfect for day or night.
The Australian brand By Far makes contemporary shoes with a vintage look, and I especially like their booties, a must-have for your capsule wardrobe. The shoes and bags, produced in premium Italian leather and suede, are on every cool girl’s Instagram feed.
Designed in Berlin, Aeyde shoes are handmade in Italy. True to the brand’s motto “making everyday modern”, Aeyde booties look good with basically any outfit. These trendy shoes have a simple enough design to last long, and the high quality of the materials and craftsmanship make sure they do.
Have a look at the wearable trends that you can add to your capsule wardrobe this season.
Title photo @manoloblahnik.