With designer shoe prices now soaring at over $1000, I’ve made it a mission to discover some brands that have cool, elevated designs but not the astronomical price points. There are plenty of great affordable shoe brands to know about, whether you’re looking for styles that tap into the trends of the moment or you’re interested in finding classic silhouettes that will last for many seasons ahead.
Ahead, I’m breaking down some of my favorite inexpensive but stylish shoe labels, from buzzy brands like Ganni and Reike Nen that you’ll spot on every fashion insider to on-the-rise labels like Gia Couture and Essēn that are picking up steam and deserve a spot on your radar. Go on to discover 10 affordable shoe brands for women priced under $300 that look like they are so much more expensive. Then, shop my edit of the best styles to buy from each shoe label.
L.A.-based brand Staud is a go-to stop for designs that hit on all of the current trends. These whipstitched heels and faux-croc wedges are currently topping my shopping list.
Yuul Yie is known for its architectural shapes and sculptural designs. I especially love its attention to detail when it comes to its unique heels.
Reike Nen's 5 Strings heels took Instagram by storm this year and are showing no signs of slowing down.
If you're looking for shoes with special details, turn to Gia Couture, which designs everything from fun party shoes to mules with leopard details that are perfect for the office.
Drawing from vintage design, Cult Gaia's pieces are perfect for anyone who admires fashion from past decades. Bonus: The brand is committed to sustainable practices.
Miista is the brand you'll want to turn to for unexpected designs with details like lug soles and ruched lines.
Stockholm-based brand Ganni has exploded over the last few seasons, and it's easy to see why. Not only does the brand have great price points, but also forward designs that you'll spot on fashion insiders.
& Other Stories has an especially strong selection of boots this season, hitting on trends like square-toe silhouettes and luxe faux-croc finishes.
If you're looking for timeless shapes like loafers and mules, Aeydē is a brand to add to your shopping list.
Essēn's foundation flats were a hit on Instagram this summer and is a brand you should definitely keep your eye on.
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