20 cult favorite shoe brands and the # 1 pair to buy in each


I’ll be the first to admit that putting the word “cult” before something fashion-related is a bit of a stretch, but I’m doing it anyway because there is no better way to describe the 20 shoe brands I want. am here to chat. There are many definitions for worship out there (most of them are pretty scary, as you can imagine), but the one that best fits the fashion sense is this: excessive admiration for a particular person or thing. . In this case, the thing is the shoe brands.

When I think of a cult brand, I don’t really classify extremely well-known brands in this category, because it’s a bit obvious. Of Classes, Gucci and Prada shoes are adored and coveted by all. And while you’ve probably heard of most of the shoe brands featured below, your grandma probably hasn’t heard of them. Many of these brands are new, others go unnoticed but are still selling, and others may still see a resurgence in recent times. (I’m looking at you, Bottega Veneta and Dr Martens.)

Whatever the reason they’re cult, these brands are all in a league of their own, and the shoes they make reflect that. Since there are so many amazing options to choose from, I looked at every pair I could find on the internet and picked the one that I think you should buy. It wasn’t much of a chore, but you are welcome.

Amina Muaddi

Amina Muaddi Gilda 95mm Crystal-Embellished Sandals ($ 685)

Just like the rest of Amina Muaddi’s beautiful shoes, these literally take my breath away. I love the simple shape paired with flashy crystals.

Dear Françoise

Dear Françoise Reed Heels in Turtle ($ 345)

Dear Frances has a lot of versatile and comfortable shoes in their lineup, but I find it hard to think of one thing these heels wouldn’t go with.

From afar

From afar Kendall Suede-Trimmed Mesh Slingback Pumps ($ 460)

From boots to heeled sandals, I haven’t yet come across a pair of By Far shoes that I don’t like, but this mesh pair is especially fresh for fall.


Staud Carine Mules ($ 295)

Staud is relatively new to the shoe game, but every style has been amazing from the get-go. I love the subtlety and elegance of these new mules.


Neous Jumel Strappy Sandals ($ 586)

Neous is setting a trend with just about every pair of her amazingly unique heels. Case in point.

Paris Texas

Paris Texas Snakeskin Print Boots ($ 523)

It’s not been long since Paris Texas burst onto the scene, but its boots quickly became the It boots of 2019. Given their chic, I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

Reike nen

Reike nen Turnover Cutout Leather Sandals ($ 350)

I am always impressed with the price, which is significantly lower than similar brands, of the incredibly avant-garde shoes from this Korean brand.


Loq Sol Snake-Effect Leather Sandals ($ 350)

Savvy shoppers turn to Loq for its comfortable, Californian take on trends like these snakeskin wedge shoes you can walk for miles.

Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon Pivot Zebra Haircalf Pumps ($ 495)

I’m especially impressed with these new zebra pumps (a collaboration with ALC), but I would happily take any pair of heels, boots or pumps that Tamara Mellon expertly designs.

Dr Martens

Dr Martens W 7 Tie Boots Combs ($ 90)

Dr. Martens’ traditional combat boots are great and all, but how cool is this all-season pair for the winter months to come?

Rejina Pyo

Rejina Pyo Lois Leather Slingback Pumps ($ 545)

Believe me when I say you need a pair of shoes in this It color, especially when they’re from the cool-girl brand Rejina Pyo.

Manu Workshop

Manu Workshop Duck lace-up boots ($ 545)

These ridiculously cool boots keep popping up on my Instagram feed, for good reason.

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta Calfskin and Leather Pumps ($ 870)

Basically every new Bottega Veneta shoe is an It shoe right now, but I can’t help but look at these heels that are available for pre-order.

Malone Shoes

Malone Shoes Winona 85mm Rear Flange Pumps ($ 650)

With heels as beautiful as these, it’s no wonder that Malone Souliers has a lot of celebrity fans.


Véja V-10 Low Trainers ($ 150)

I firmly believe that Veja makes the best non-sport sneakers on the market, and I highly recommend adding this flannel paneled pair to your fall wardrobe.


wandering Lotte leather mules ($ 500)

Wandler was one of the most exciting shoe launches of the year. I can’t wait to see what other gems, like these beautiful mules, they will find.

Studio Amélie

Studio Amélie 1.4 Croc-effect leather sandals ($ 260)

Studio Amelia’s minimalist sandals are the perfect addition to a warm-weather vacation outfit.

Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies Audre Sandal In Espresso ($ 435)

Brother Vellies shoes are like works of art. See for yourself.


Miista Zelie Boots in Black Croco Leather ($ 415)

The fashion crowd is particularly fond of Miista ankle boots. Can you see why?


Aeyde Beau Leather Ballet Flats ($ 230)

If you want a source of nice, simple shoes that won’t hurt your bank account too much, look no further. Seriously, how awesome are these ballerinas?

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