WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
Foolproof styles with a modern twist that will see you through 2021 and beyond, from cult sneakers to Amina Muaddi sparkling sandals.
We now consider Bottega Veneta’s sandals as a classic.
Ever wondered what the next Louboutin Pigalle or Manolo Blahnik Hangisi is? We have. A lot. When investing in something as wardrobe-defining as designer shoes, it’s comforting to know they won’t fall out of favour. Fashion is fickle by nature. One week, we’re all drooling over shoellery, the next, Velcro fastenings are in. But some shoes stick. They weather the storm of fashion’s changing tides and become fixed staples in our wardrobes. These are the classics of the future. You heard it here first.
MANOLO BLAHNIK MAYSALE MULES
Manolo Blahnik’s elegant mules wouldn’t look out of place in a scene from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Ladylike chic at its most modern.
AMINA MUADDI BEGUM PUMPS
Most Amina Muaddi shoes are a good investment at the moment because the designer works with seasonless collections, however the diamanté Begum has without a doubt become the epitome of a mood lifting party shoe.
BOTTEGA VENETA MULE
Whether Stretch, Lido, Padded or Curve, the Bottega Veneta mule is a modern classic that’s earned its place in the shoe hall of fame.
ANN DEMEULEMEESTER RIDING BOOTS
The traditional riding boot gets an Antwerp Six makeover courtesy of Ann Demeulemeester. Seamlessly merging the avant-garde with the elegant, these are boots to wear forever.
BOTTEGA VENETA LUG AND TIRE BOOTS
Bottega Veneta did a 180 on the classic Chelsea when they launched the Lug and Tire ankle boots. A thick rubber sole gives these coveted shoes extra bounce.
AMINA MUADDI GILDA SANDALS
Perhaps more cult than classic, Amina Muaddi’s Gilda sandals are nonetheless set to be a defining shoe of the 2020’s. We no longer think twice about wearing a pair of geometric-heeled, rhinestone-studded shoes on the daily – all thanks to the Paris-based designer with a penchant for glitter.
THE ROW GINZA SANDALS
The Row’s shoes, lead bt the chunky Ginza captures the spirit of a modern classic more succinctly than any other label. Refined but refreshing.
BALENCIAGA TRIPLE S
Something of a marmite shoe (you either love or loathe them), Balenciaga’s Triple S reached peak Instagram saturation point a couple of years ago. Still, they’re one of the best-selling luxury trainers of all time and were the forerunner of our apparently insatiable appetite for chunky shoes. All hail the Triple S.
JW ANDERSON BACKLESS LOAFERS
Eponymous designer JW Anderson was entrusted with heritage label Loewe for a reason. The man clearly knows a thing or two about timeless design. The backless loafer is a case in point – an old-school silhouette made to feel contemporary with outsized elements that are still discernibly classic.
CHANEL DAD SANDALS
Few fashion houses wield influence like Chanel, and whatever they do will always be ‘relevant’. Their sought-after ‘Dad’ sandals marry classic Chanel quilting with an ugly silhouette – the perfect combination of past and present.
JIMMY CHOO BING
A bridal favourite that’s beautiful to look at and a dream to wear. Dressed up or down, shoes as pretty as Jimmy Choo’s Bings will never look old or dated.
NEW BALANCE 990V5
The New Balance 990V5 hit the fashion headlines for being so, well, unfashionable. Hyper-functional and pretty ugly, they’re so anti-fashion that they’ll never not be stylish (because they never were).
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