8 Shoe Brands That Will Give Your Collection the Style Refresh It Deserves
Wanting a little style refresh doesn't always mean that you have to painstakingly update every single thing you own. Sure, there's something to be said about buying a couple of new pieces every now and then, but if you're simply looking to make your favorite looks feel fresh and ready for a new season, there's no need to completely overhaul your closet. In fact, all you really need to do is to throw a new pair of shoes into the mix.
Over the past few years, a number of exciting shoe brands have been bubbling up both on the street style scene and on social media, and whether you consider your aesthetic to be more minimalistic, sexy, or sporty, their footwear definitely deserves a spot in your collection. From classics that will serve you for many years to come to '90s-inspired shoes you'll love styling with your summer staples, these brands all offer something special and different.
So, ahead, take a closer look at the shoe brands that you'll love wearing in 2020. Plus, shop our favorite styles, which range from simple, pared-back sandals that will go with everything you own to statement-making mules, embellished clogs, and sexy stilettos.
Aurora James is one of the most renowned accessory designers in fashion and is also the face behind the call to action for brands to buy at least 15 percent of products from Black-owned businesses. With her Brother Vellies shoes in particular (especially those furry slides) making waves at first, the brand was founded on the purpose of keeping traditional African design processes alive.
Brother Vellies Burkina Striped Sandal
Launched in 2018 by French designer Leslie Halfon, Arizona Love's summery footwear range is a modern take on the traditional hiking sandal, and it's easy to see why they've already earned a place of choice in many an influencer's shoe closet.
Based in London and launched in 2010, contemporary shoe label Miista plays with shapes, colors, and materials without sacrificing quality, wearability, or price.
Renowned for her signature flare heels, Amina Muaddi has been taking the industry by storm since the launch of her namesake label, and her playful yet sexy stilettos have since been worn by Rihanna, Dua Lipa, and Kendal Jenner — among many, many others.
Amina Muaddi Gilda Crystal-embellished Sandals
Amina Muaddi Adowa Embellished Feather Satin Sandals
Inspired by the clean lines of midcentury architecture, London-based Neous offers a modern take on shoes with unexpected color combinations and fabric contrasts.
Launched in Fall 2017, Nicole Saldaña's footwear brand didn't take long to charm the fashion industry with her cute yet practical footwear. Fans of her embellished clogs and leather Mary Janes already include Bella Hadid and Jorja Smith.
Launched in 2016 by Icelandic designer Katrín Alder and loved by Eva Chen, Kalda's mission is to offer quality shoes without the hefty price tag. The result? Fun accessories that will make a serious fashion statement.
After working at DKNY and Tory Burch, Spanish designer Mercedes Castillo launched her eponymous shoe line in 2017, which draws inspiration from modern, geometrical shapes.
Our Mercedes Castillo Picks
Mercedes Castillo renah Leather Combat Boots
Mercedes Castillo Kuri Transparent Slide Sandals
Based in Boston, M.Gemi works with Italian factories to make luxury footwear more accessible, with prices starting at $148. In addition to its usual Spring and Fall collections, M.Gemi also drops new limited-edition styles every Monday, which is a nice way to start the week!