Fabulous Footwear: 7 Pairs of Shoes to Keep Forever

Stylish pairs worth your every penny.

When making acquisitions, it's smart to make worthy investments so that they work for you. The same concept applies to selecting shoes—best to spend a little more for pairs that are well-made using quality materials. For this quest, turn to European shoemakers. While it’s never bad to have too many pairs, narrow down your choices to seven styles that should guarantee you some style ROI.

Pointed Pumps

Manolo Blahnik BB Pump in nude patent leather, $595,

Nothing beats having a pair that can go from desk to dinner without you having to worry about whether they’re appropriate for your meeting or chic enough for cocktails—make sure they’re comfortable enough to make you last through your day. Manolo Blahnik’s BB Pumps are ones that you shouldn’t pass on. Did you know that you can customize your own pair according to leather, heel height and color? Well, now you do.

Ballet Flats

Chanel Cap Toe Ballet Flats, price unavailable, Chanel boutiques

If you can’t stay on your feet the whole day, it’s best to choose a pair that will stand the test of time (and fleeting trends). Chanel ballet flats made with soft nude lambskin leather have been a tried and tested favorite for those who want a fuss-free classic pair—wear with either a dress or cropped pants and you’re sure to look fabulous wherever you’re headed.


Satin mules with crystal embroidery, 580, No.21

A hot style of late, these slip-ons by Alessandro dell’Aqua are definitely a keeper. The bejeweled embroidery adds a nice sophisticated touch to the signature bow and makes for a sure sartorial statement however you style them. For those who aren’t into height, opt for the flats, which are just as spectacular as their higher, older sister.

Thigh-high Boots

‘Lowland’ thigh-high boots, price unavailable, Stuart Weitzman, SM Aura

A trusty cold-weather essential, a good pair of boots should definitely be part of your wardrobe. Whether flat or high, they’re guaranteed to amp up your winter looks in an instant. Stuart Weitzman’s Lowland boots made with luxe, stretch suede are a tough act to beat. Hike them over the knee for a streamlined look or scrunch them down for a more relaxed effect—two looks in one!

Embellished Stilettos

Monaco Sandal 105mm, Aquazzura, Rustan's Makati

Dress your feet to the nines with stilettos that are a little out of the ordinary. Go classic with ones that are jewel-encrusted or go eclectic with fringe. Either way, your feet are ready to make an entrance—Aquazurras make a great choice for that fancy fun factor, plus designer Edgardo Osorio makes sure that his heels are made for dancing all night.


Gucci Jordaan Leather Loafer, $695, Gucci, Greenbelt 4 and Shangri-La Plaza East Wing

Lazy days call for shoes that don’t sacrifice form over function, ones that are perfect for a night at the movies or doing a mad dash through the city streets. Pick a pair that won’t make it seem like you left the house looking like you didn’t think about it. This one from Gucci is a surefire classic—you can never go wrong with the Italians.

Leather Sneakers

Common Projects Achilles low sneakers, $409,

Procure a pair (or two) of comfortable sneaks for when you need to do double-time on your errands or just look effortlessly cool. Ditch the gym trainers and go for a nondescript, pared-down design in a pretty shade of blush that looks good with a dress or your jeans. Common Projects not only uses high-quality Italian leather but is also stitched by hand; proving that it deserves some prime real estate in your capsule wardrobe.

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