We all dream of amassing a shoe wardrobe filled with the greats: Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo. But the newest crop of shoe designers is equally as captivating, guaranteed to make you lust over their unique styles.
Of course, we’ve highlighted many of these emerging brands in our annual emerging talent feature. But in case you missed it, there is a variety of new brands offering something for everyone — whether it’s performance sport shoes with a fashion twist or eco-focused shoes made in Africa.
Below are 12 styles you never knew you needed — and why you need them now.
1. Brother Vellies floral lace-up boot.
Why you need to buy it: Creative director Aurora James produces all her sustainable shoes in Africa, supporting local artisans.
2. Diego Vanassibara men’s dress shoe.
Why you need to buy it: The London-based designer stands out in the men’s market with subtle flourishes.
3. Giannico satin Mary Jane pump.
Why you need to buy it: Designer Nicolò Beretta is bound to be the next big thing. Bonus? All his shoes have sugary, sweet scents.
4. Chatelles velvet loafer.
Why you need to buy it: The Parisian brand offers you chic French flair, and they’re totally customizable.
5. A.P.L. multicolored training sneaker.
Why you need to buy it: Co-founders Adam and Ryan Goldston are constantly introducing new, innovative performance features. Plus they look super-cool.
6. Sarah Flint crystal-embellished evening flat.
Why you need to buy it: In a market of what’s cool and trendy, Sarah Flint sticks to her ladylike vision with tasteful designs.
7. Aleksander Siradekian tassel pump.
Why you need to buy it: Hello? It’s all business in the front, but a party in the back.
8. Artselab leather high-top sneaker.
Why you need to buy it: The sneaker market is super-saturated, but the Italian brand stands out with its architectural shapes.
9. CB Made in Italy woven loafer.
Why you need to buy it: The Italian loafer brand by Cecilia Bringheli is handcrafted and comes in endless colors or prints.
10. Liudmila metallic heel with feather detail.
Why you need to buy it: Najeeba Hayat makes her whimsical shoes in Italy, but introduces Victorian influences for a unique spin.
11. Adieu gum sole creeper.
Why you need to buy it: The French brand is known for its gum-soled creepers, a style that will never be uncool.
12. Joshua Sanders bow slip-on sneaker.
Why you need to buy it: Joshua Sanders sneakers are always a bit over the top — in the best way possible.