15 Best Designer Shoes To Invest In 2021 (And Wear For Years)

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If you’re ready to invest and add a fancy pair of shoes but want to make sure that hold their value on the resale market, check out these 15 best designer shoes to invest in.

They may be a little expensive but a sophisticated pair of designer shoes can take an outfit from “didn’t know what to wear” to “just got off the runway at New York Fashion Week”. 

When it comes to selecting your very first pair of designer shoes, be sure to opt for a neutral color like black, ivory, or nude. You’ll get much more use out of these colors than you would a bright pink or vibrant red pair. Once you’ve fully entered the designer shoe game, then you can start choosing wild statement shoes to accompany your classic ones.

Unlike the shoes you purchase online from fast-fashion sites, designer shoes are much more durable and will offer more arch support, making them comfortable to wear. Standing in a pair of high-quality designer shoes for hours on end won’t make your feet throb.

Plus, if you take good care of your shoes, many of them will retain their value on the secondhand market, so you may be able to sell them for a profit in a few years’ time.

So, pour a tall glass of wine and get your credit card out before taking a look at our list of 15 best designer shoes to invest in, based on their ability to hold their value in the current fashion climate.

 

The Best Designer Shoes To Invest In

1. Gucci Princetown Loafers

 

Gucci Princetown Loafers in black for best designer shoes to invest in

The Gucci Princetown Loafers are absolutely iconic and bring a sense of flair to even your most casual looks. We love pairing black leather loafers with high-waisted jeans and button-up blouses. They can also be worn to work with some structured pants and a sweater.

These calfskin loafers can be slid on like slippers and feature brass hardware details on the top of the foot. They have a heel that measures a mere half an inch so don’t expect to get any height when wearing these.

The Princetown’s have solidified their icon status on the fashion market, and you can rest assured that if you invest in this shoe and take good care of them, the shoe will retain its value on the resale market. Loafers are iconic in their own right, and the classic and understated design of the Princetown loafer will almost certainly never go out of style. (The same can’t be said about the fur-version of these loafers!)

If you’re buying them new, the Gucci Princetown Loafers retail for around $695. 

 

2. Hermes Oran Sandals

 

Hermes Oran Sandals in brown for best designer shoes to invest in

The Hermes Oran Sandals are perfect for wearing in the summer or when you’re traveling abroad to warm destinations. They can be easily slipped on and have the iconic “H” cut-out. Since these aren’t flashy, yet they still command all of the attention, they won’t go out of style for quite some time.

The Hermes Oran Sandals are available in 25 different colors, which goes to show that they are a very popular item. They have a leather sole and even come in heeled options for those who prefer wearing shoes that give them a bit of a boost in the height department. The Hermes Oran Sandals cost around $630.

These are definitely our top pick for the best summer designer shoes to invest in.

 

3. Chanel Slingbacks

Beige Chanel slingbacks

 

These designer shoes are classy but also a little fun as they are beige with a contrasting black toe. They have a 2.6-inch heel and the slingback strap keeps your foot in place when you wear them out on the town. The Chanel Slingbacks are made from goatskin and grosgrain, and come in beige with a black toe, all black, tweed, and some seasonal colors.

A pair of Chanel Slingbacks can be added to your shoe collection for around $925.

Chanel is always a safe bet when you’re considering resale value, so these classic everyday shoes are one of our top picks for the best casual designer shoes to invest in. They’re also perfect for fancy events and even office work!

 

4. Manolo Blahnik Hangisi (Flats or Heels)

 

Blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi heels

 

Ah, the iconic Manolos. The classic Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoes come in a heeled version and a flat version. Both will make great additions to your current shoe collection and have stood the test of time.

The Manolo Blahnik Hangisi heels owe a lot of their fame to Sex And The City, where Big proposed to Carrie with the iconic blue shoes. Ever since then, Manolos have become somewhat of a cult wedding shoe, and many brides opt for the classic white version of the heels. They definitely fit the part as they are comfortable to walk in, and have the brand’s iconic square crystal buckle on the toe without displaying any fancy logos.

The famous shoes come in multiple other colorful variations as well, if blue or white aren’t your thing. Manolo Blahnik also releases multiple seasonal versions of the shoe, but we recommend sticking with the traditional colors for best resale value in the future.

The Hangisi flat version has the same buckle on the toe and is made from the same lace fabric. They will just keep you closer to the ground! The heels retail for around $1,095 and the flats can be yours for $1,045.

 

5. Dior Dway Slides

 

Dior Dway slides

 

Dior’s Dway Slides come in an impressive amount of colors but we are particularly fond of the black and navy embroidered cotton style as they are just the perfect amount of flashy. Since they are black and ivory, it won’t be hard matching these babies to your outfits.

The Dway Slides have “CHRISTIAN DIOR” embroidered across the top and have a matte black leather insole. The bottom of the sole is rubber. The Dior Dway Slides are made in Italy but can live permanently in your shoe closet for $730.

Currently, the Dior Dway slides are actually selling for a higher price secondhand on Fashionphile than they are in store!

 

6. Chanel Espadrilles

 

 

Two tone lambskin Chanel espadrilles from Fashionphile

 

These classic Chanel Espadrilles are most famous for the version with classic beige leather with a black toe, but the espadrilles also come in other permanent and limited edition colors, such as all-black leather, white canvas, multiple versions in tweed, and many more.  All of the versions feature a jute rope sole and the brand’s double C logo on the top.

These espadrilles are super casual so pair them with jeans or a denim skirt instead of fancier outfits. Straight out of a boutique, the Chanel Espadrilles can be yours for $725. If you look over to Fashionphile to see what’s happening on the secondhand market, you can see that most Chanel espadrilles retail for around $600-$700, so it’s safe to say that these shoes will retain most of their value in the coming years. Some limited edition ones are even on sale for more than $800!

If you’re looking for an espadrille at a lower price-point, consider the Tory Burch Ines Espadrilles as they are only $228.

 

7. Golden Goose Sneakers

 

White and leopard print Golden Goose sneakers

 

Firstly, you should purchase a pair of these because of the brand’s cute name. Secondly, these shoes are a great alternative to chunky, dad sneakers. Golden Goose Sneakers come in tons of different styles and colors and start at $530. These sneakers have been in style for years, so they’re not going to go anywhere anytime soon.

We love the PURESTAR Sneakers with leopard-print heel tabs as they have just the right amount of detail without being overpowering or over-the-top. Because the leopard-print tabs are small, the sneakers won’t clash with any other prints that you’re wearing. 

If you love a more striking look, try the Superstar Glitter Metallic Sneakers – you’re sure to be seen in these!

As with all Golden Goose sneakers, both feature the brand’s logo embossed in gold on the side with a star cut-out. 

 

8. Tory Burch Miller Sandals

 

Tan Tory Burch Miller sandals

 

Although not considered a luxury shoe in everyone’s eyes, the Tory Burch Miller Sandals are a must-have in your shoe collection as they are relatively inexpensive and extremely trendy. They are made from leather and come in an insane amount of color and style variations. However, we are partial to the tan and beige versions with gold hardware.

The sandals have a laser-cut logo on the top with hand-painted edges and a supportive insole. They are definitely one of Tory Burch’s most popular items and a best seller at Nordstrom. If you’re interested in snagging yourself a pair, they only cost $198.

 

9. Veja Sneakers

 

Veja Sneakers in white for best designer shoes to invest in

Much like Tory Burch, Veja isn’t considered a luxury in everyone’s eyes, but they’re still worth a mention on this list. Like Golden Goose, Veja Sneakers are a superb alternative to chunkier sneakers. The shoe brand has tons of different color combinations and styles but if you’re unsure of where to start, purchase a pair that is completely white as they will go with anything.

We love a good monochrome moment so be sure to wear your new, crisp sneaks with white denim and a white tank. The brand has brought back velcro straps but the version we prefer has laces. They are made out of sustainable materials and have the V logo on the side. A pair of Veja Sneakers can be yours for around $150.

 

10. Dior J’adior Slingback Pumps

 

Patent beige J'adior slingback shoes

 

And just like that, we are back to fancy footwear. The Dior J’adior Slingback Pumps are made from black technical fabric and feature an embroidered cotton ribbon and flat bow on the slingback. Each shoe has a leather sole with a star, which is Christian Dior’s lucky symbol.

These shoes are incredibly stylish and can flawlessly elevate a casual look or add some creativity to a dressier look. They retail for around $950 new, and around $700-$800 secondhand on Fashionphile.

These shoes are our best pick for designer work shoes to invest in, if you’re working a corporate office job. The heel is small enough that the shoe won’t kill your feet, but they look as nice as any high heel would.

 

11. Louboutin So Kate (Or Pigalle)

 

Louboutin So Kate in black for best designer shoes to invest in

Wearing heels is a wonderful way to give the illusion of a longer leg, which is why every woman should have a pair in their wardrobe. The Louboutin So Kate pumps are timeless and come in a wide selection of colors, all with the brand’s signature bright red heel.

The Louboutin So Kate heels have a bit of a controversial reputation: some people say that they are extremely uncomfortable, while other people love them. If you don’t want to risk this happening to you, we recommend investing in the Pigalle shoes instead. The look is very similar, but the shape of the shoe follows your foot’s natural design more, leading to a more comfortable wearing experience.

The pumps are made from patent leather and the elegant black pair retails for around $745. Not bad, not bad.

 

12. Balenciaga Speed Sneakers

 

Balenciaga Speed Sneakers in black for best designer shoes to invest in

The Balenciaga Speed Sneakers come in a range of styles and colors but we really like the classic ones in black and white. These hyper-trendy sneakers are certainly not for the faint of heart as they are bold and make quite the statement.

They don’t have laces and can be easily pulled on like a sock as they are made from recycled knit fabric. They are incredibly ergonomic and lightweight, making them a great shoe to wear when wandering around town or for traveling.

Each pair has a white embossed logo on the sides and on the back of the sole. The Recycled Sneakers cost $795.

 

13. Chloe Woody Slide Sandals

 

Chloe Woody Slide Sandals in canvas for best designer shoes to invest in

 

These slide sandals are made from Chloe’s logo-print canvas with squared toes and rubber soles, which makes them comfortable and stylish. They come in four different colors: blush pink, tan, ivory, and black. 

The very casual Chlor Woody Slide Sandals can perfectly match your Chloe Woody Tote Bag and cost around $420.

 

14. Balenciaga Triple S

 

Balenciaga Triple S in beige and black for best designer shoes to invest in

Okay, we know. The chunky sneaker trend might be fading out soon. However,  for the time being, they are still as trendy as ever. Plus, not only are they comfortable, they can be worn with virtually any outfit, including jeans, sundresses, and fancy structured pants.

The Balenciaga Triple S sneakers come in multiple different colors, but it’s most famous pieces feature neutral colors, including black and beige. The sneaker famously features your shoe size (in EU/Italian sizes in the front), as well as the embroidered Balenciaga logo on the side and an embossed logo on the back.

When the Balenciaga triple S originally came to the market, it commanded a price tag of $795. Now, a few years later, the price has already shot up to $995 when you buy them new.

 

15. Valentino Garavani Rockstud Shoes 

 

Valentino Garavani Rockstud Heels

 

We have seriously saved the best for last. Meet the Valentino Garavani Rockstud footwear collection filled with shoes covered in gold studs. The Rockstud Caged Pumps come in black with beige detailing and all beige, both covered with the signature studs and three adjustable buckle closures. The stiletto heel on these pumps are 2.5-inches and they cost around $990.

The Rockstud Slide Sandals or the Rockstud are a more casual option for those who love the gold studs but don’t dress up super fancy often. The sandal version, which comes in black and beige, has a 2.5-inch block heel and they retail for $770.

Although some would argue that the Rockstuds heels have come and gone in style, we would beg to disagree: the shoes are statement pieces while being classic at the same time. The design has been around almost a decade, and they are still some of the most iconic shoes on the market. 

Have you found your next pair of shoes from this list of best designer shoes to invest in? We hope you did! If you’re still looking for more shopping ideas, check the posts down below:

 

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