10 designer and affordable slingback shoes that you should be obsessing over
Best slingback shoes to add to your shoe cupboard now
If it were up to us, we would be living in slingback shoes for the rest of our days. Judging by their footwear designs this season, we’d reckon that Prada, Alexander Wang, and Burberry would most probably second that statement as well.
Why, you’d ask? Simply because these shoes are chic, fun, and sassy. And these sexier versions of pumps now come in both high and low styles that make even kitten heels look cool while debunking the fact that they are meant only for boring librarian-ish dressing.
Not convinced? Here’s Her World’s edit of our favourite slingbacks that will prove our point.
Splurge: Christian Dior J'Adior lambskin embroidered flower slingback pump, price available in stores
As Christian Dior once famously said in The Little Dictionary of Fashion, “Pumps go with everything.” That is especially so for the brand’s own unique take on this shoe style, which has secured its spot in our must-have list since Spring/Summer ’17 when creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri debuted it. What’s iconic about Dior’s slingback is the word ‘J’adior’ embroidered on its ribbon strap, which neatly wraps around the ankle and the curved comma heel. This pair especially ticks all the right boxes for us with its floral applique that lends a feminine touch to this stylish shoe.
Splurge: Christian Dior J'Adior wool houndstooth slingback pump, price available in stores
If you’re not a fan of the three-dimensional flowers and don’t wish to conform to the typical look of a plain black slingback, find sartorial joy in this black and white houndstooth-patterned piece instead. Designed for day or evening, it’s the perfect way to polish off any look. This pair is part of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s new 30 Montaigne collection that features reimagined pieces from Dior’s ‘New Look’ that’s embodied by houndstooth – among other emblematic pieces. Go with the new 30 Montaigne bag to top the look off.
Part of the brand’s Pre-fall 2019 offerings – Fendi’s whimsical black and orange FFreedom slingback pumps echo the silhouette of 18th-century court shoes. They’re crafted from jacquard that’s scattered with a lustrous green and grey diamond motif upper while a vibrant houndstooth tongue punctuates the front of the shoe, bordered by two glossy black acetate F plaques. Slip them on with a tailored pantsuit ensemble for a vintage touch.
Splurge: Louis Vuitton Calfskin and Monogram Canvas heels, price available in stores
Easily one of the world’s most recognisable fashion print, the Monogram Canvas is a true Louis Vuitton classic. Made up of interlocking ‘L’ and ‘V’ initials and flowers inspired by Japanese and Oriental designs, it was first created by Louis’ son, George in 1896 to curb counterfeiters from mimicking the brand’s designs. Put it together with the quintessential black heel and top it off with a sophisticated chunky yellow gold buckle? We feel like Cinderella who found the shoe that fits.
Splurge: Louis Vuitton urban twist slingback pump, price available in stores
Another must-have from our slingback has got to be this Louis Vuitton pair that channels endless feminine style with its smooth calf leather, delicate straps, and a kitten heel. Its key detail is its toe cap that comes in silver-tone metal, which is engraved with the iconic LV Circle signature. This model is also functional as well as it features a metal tip on the outsole for enhanced resistance to scuffing from continuous wear.
Splurge: Manolo Blahnik Baskewusli black leather slingback, $1,890
Guess which pair of slingbacks will have us swiping our cards in a heartbeat? This woven nappa leather pair from the shoe maven himself, Manolo Blahnik. The shoemaker’s name may be synonymous with shimmering stilettos, but he definitely doesn’t forget to go back to basics with this classic pair of black pumps. Rock this shoe on the weekend with a woven straw bag that shares the same casual sensibilities.
Newsflash: beige is the new black this season. This classic kitten heel from Pazzion elevates the sartorial points of your outfit with a shiny, patented finish in the shape of a pointed-toe pump. Reach for this when you need something that’s not your run-of-the-mill slingback but a pair that’s still versatile and an evergreen wardrobe staple. Pick this pair up the next time when you’re at the Pazzion Boutique x Pazzion Cafe at Jewel Changi Airport where you can find sole for the foot and food for the soul.
Steal: Charles & Keith v-cut sculptural heel slingbacks, $63.90
Lend edgy elegance to your work outfit with this pair of nude sculptural slingbacks. Its acrylic statement heel will be a sure conversation starter. Feeling bold? Take it all the way with an electrifying red dress that complements the novel heel.
Steal: Charles & Keith circular block heel slingbacks, $49.90
What’s there not to love about this pair? A refreshing hit of mint green with a block heel that won’t sacrifice on comfort even when you transition from the desk to the bar? We are sold. Pair these circular block heels with a pleated dress that will have you covered in an effortlessly chic fashion.
Steal: Zara geometric heel leather slingback shoes, $119
Sure, you can never go wrong with heels that err on the side of the straight and narrow, but the excitement that this geometric wood-effect heel is bringing us cannot be ignored. Go for copper with this burnt orange suede slingback heels that would perfectly gel together with a warm-toned outfit. Complete it with a prim white shirt and a caramel pair of wide-legged trousers.