Frankly, nothing excites us quite like a perfect pair of shoes – they are an incredibly important accessory to your ensemble. Your choice of footwear can ruin an elegant outfit or catapult a simple one to one that’ll make you look simply stunning.
However, many of us are tempted to chase after fashion fads at the expense of comfort. As much as we all judge a shoe by its cover, it’s important to remember that shoes are made for walking as well. Being chic doesn’t have to equate to being painful if you have pairs of comfortable yet stylish shoes. In this roundup, there’s a sensible pair for every occasion.
Here’s a pair that’s made for the office and after work drinks with your girlfriends. It’s sleek black suede features a slip-on style that’s professional enough for casual Fridays at work and the pointed toe? Classy.
Miu Miu’s take on the usual minimalistic mules is to give it a glamorous twist with the crystal embellishments, it’s not obnoxiously loud and captures the idea of luxury in a shoe.
Pair this with a black pencil skirt and boxy top for a monochromatic look or go all out with a bright silk fuchsia jumpsuit. For an added oomph, carry a black leather bag with sparkly embellishments as well.
MIU MIU Crystal Embellished Mules, S$1500 from Farfetch.
Sergio Rossi combines a feminine shade with a practical silhouette for a balanced form in this loafer. A multi-faceted pair that can be worn everyday for both work and play, the shoe also features a slip-on style for convenience and days where you’re just feeling more casual.
If flat-style is not your thing, the square-toe design is also available on ankle boots.
SERGIO ROSSI SR1 square-toe loafers, S$775 from Farfetch
Perfect for the weekend, this pair is riding on streetwear’s favorite trend: logomania. The tan colors make it easy to dress up or down and the outer layer is made with a breathable polyamide (p.s. no sweaty feet).
So whether you’re going for brunch at a high-end establishment or just walking up and down Singapore’s shopping district, this comfortable pair will keep your feet fresh and airy for the whole day.
Wear this with neutral, camel or ivory tones for a laid back look.
FENDI FF logo Mules, S$990 from Farfetch.
This pair brings a twist to the casual espadrille. It’s sleek and elevated with an all-black leather body. Yet, it’s neither basic nor boring, with help from the striking neon orange accent threads around the edge of the shoe. Better yet, Kenzo’s take on the conventional espadrille gives a nod in the way of another of this season’s latest trend: logomania, and we’re not complaining.
Wear this with accompanying pieces in Pantone’s ‘Colour of the Year’ – living coral. Or, you could carry this with a matching black bohemian straw bag to go with the shoe. We’d say this pair is suitable for most situations – except for that meeting with your boss.
Kenzo espadrilles, S$340 from Farfetch.
When it comes to comfortable shoes, sneakers will always be at the top of our list. Aptly, Selena Gomez and Puma are back with a sophomore collection this SS19 season. The collection that’s inspired by the American singer/actress’ personal style and attitude sees the SG x Cali in new colour options. Our pick? This pastel mint pair, because nothing screams “summer” like it does. Opt for the black and white pair instead, if you’re in search of a pair of versatile sneakers.
The kicks’ twin hoop and loop straps make it fuss-free to slip in and out of them quickly. Plus, velcro straps as sought-after as chunky dad sneakers in this year’s uncool footwear craze.
Cali Velcro, S$169, Puma.
The collection can be found at PUMA Bugis+, Century Square, ION Orchard, MBS Select, Jewel Changi Airport, Paragon and Suntec City.
This pair of loafers lie right at the crossroads of two prominent spring trends that deserve front row spots in your wardrobe – fierce animal prints and feminine florals. Intricately handmade by the master craftsmen in Menorca, Spain, these loafers are chic and exquisite at the same time.
Whenever you’re feeling like the ultimate power woman (which should be always), wear this with your ankle length pants and a crisp white shirt. For an off-duty (but still bold) look, wear it with a graphic tee instead. You’ll be channeling glam in and out of the office.
Pretty Ballerinas Ella Loafers with embroidered flowers, price available in store.
Pretty Ballerinas stores are located at Paragon #02-47 and Ngee Ann City #B1-50.
The inclusion of gold hardware thanks to the chunky buckle and embellished studs give this pair a touch of sophistication. It’s also a pair that fits in perfectly into any outfit coordinate – thanks to its neutral hues this time.
For added comfort, the shoe has a breathable lining as well, so you don’t have to worry about sweat and clammy feet in this humid Singapore weather.
Charles & Keith studded buckle slip-ons, S$49.90.
We know how comfy Melissa’s shoes are so we couldn’t leave them out. We’re obsessed with the elegant sprinkle of metallic confetti that grace these flats. It’s feminine and comfortable, sleek and delicate, all at once.
With its big bows, the shoes have more of a whimsical tone. So these flats will do especially well on days when you’re on a date or going out shopping.
Melissa Ultragirl Sweet XVI, S$100.
Here’s a shiny pair that promises style and comfort, with a sprinkle of poshness.
A low 4.5cm heel that adds height without the addition of pain? Sign us up. This pair from Charles & Keith has a metallic finish that adds a much-needed flair which instantly transforms these shoes into a night time staple. Boasting of an elastic slingback strap and breathable lining, these pumps are suitable for long wear.
Style tip: go big with gold accessories.
Charles & Keith lucite heel metallic black slingback pumps, S$59.90.
American luxury brand Coach puts a twist to our usual sneaker combo. The shoes have a leather upper, lining and footbed, meaning that your feet will feel comfy as you get through the day.
Coach dresses up the leather upper with dainty, delicate floral cutouts that make this pair not just pretty, but trendy too. This pair also comes with a little removable floral charm for extra femininity.
Coach C101 with cutout tea rose, S$425 from Farfetch
This pair from Burberry reflects
the house’s signature check, in the form of a quilted design. The white leather upper is stylishly set upon a white rubber sole. For comfort, the shoe is also lined with leather on the inside.
It’s perfect for everyday use and thanks to its versatile colour, you could wear it with anything. For office wear, put on a pair of light blue denim jeans, a white top and a checkered blazer. Then pick up a black or brown handbag for a chic touch.
Burberry leather sneakers, S$489 from Farfetch
We couldn’t do without the iconic GUCCI loafers that now come with collapsible backs which transform the shoes into comfortable but still fashionable slides.
Aside from the buttery leather lining and iconic gold horsebit hardware, we’re drawn to the spring-perfect pink shade that gives the original pair a breath of fresh air. But if you’re all about class, then hesitate no more over the black version.
For a casual look, wear this with ripped jeans that end just above your ankle, an off-shoulder blouse and gold statement earrings to match the hardware.
Gucci brixton horsebit-detailed leather collapsible-heel loafers, US$795 (S$1,050) from Farfetch
Now if you’re still not willing to give up the heels life, but you’re sick of the pain, these Melissa shoes will promise you comfort as you look good.
In a shade perfect for Chinese New Year, these striking red slingback sandals are set on wearable block heels, which means that the pressure will be spread across your whole heel, instead of just one area when you wear stilettos.
This pair also features a criss-cross design that hugs your feet, for more comfort. They’re practical, but feminine for any kind of occasion.
The shoes are also available in black, navy blue and a cream shade.
Melissa Jamie + Jason Wu, S$180.
Tory Burch ticks all of this season’s boxes – a millennial pale pink shade; a smooth, minimal velvet upper; gentlemanly contours and a small block heel. These elements paired together beautifully capture the nostalgic essence we’re yearning for.
The shoe has a leather sole and is lined with leather too. Its 2 cm block heel, also wrapped in velvet, completes the luxe look that can be weaved into every outfit. Wear this with jeans or a dainty pink check dress – the options are aplenty.
This pair also comes in green, red and black for a more elegant look.
Tory Burch Carlotta velvet slide, price unavailable from Farfetch.
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