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    34 Shoes That Cost A Bit, But You'll Get Your Money's Worth With Every Step You Take In Them

    🎶Every step you take, every move you make, will be worth it in these shoes. 🎶

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A snazzy vegan loafer that'll pair with every single outfit you own in your closet. They're timeless! They're chic! They're even ethically sourced!

    Model is wearing black vegan leather loafers with a gold chain buckle on the top
    Kallie & Co

    Kallie & Co is a Latin woman-owned small business that sells fair trade, vegan shoes and goods. Nadia Martinez has grown Kallie & Co. from her laundry room, to a small team of military spouses, selling her products across the US and Canada, and supporting 20 artisans in Mexico with fair labor.

    Get it from Kallie & Co for $67.99 (available in sizes 5-11).

    2. Classic Bean boots for all types of messy weather *and* for that New England chic vibe. Rain, snow, and mud-approved!

    Writer is wearing the tan duck boots while standing on a small rock
    Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

    I am a big fan of my Bean boots! They're comfortable and look so stylish in the fall, especially if you live in the Northeast — they're a must-have! I have gone on a couple of small easy hikes in these, but I would probably not wear them for anything harder. 

    Promising review: "I got these boots four years ago and being from Texas, I didn't think I'd have much need for a winter boot, but boy was I wrong. I have a pair of rain boots that cost a pretty penny that have sat in the back of my closet since I got these. They are perfect for the rain, snow, or cold. The leather upper has started to wear beautifully and I can say that without a doubt, these will be my go-to boots for the rest of my life." —TheTexan

    Get them from L.L.Bean for $139 (available in sizes 5–11, three widths, and two colors).

    3. Jeffrey Campbell booties so you can get the support of a regular bootie but with utter ~style~ thanks to the ultra chic cutout and metallic accents.

    Closeup of a reviewer wearing the boots with a deep v cut-out on the side, chunky heel, and pointed toe with a silver metal strip around it

    Promising review: “Absolutely gorgeous shoes. My husband gifted these to me. My first Jeffrey Campbells and certainly not my last. I am so in love. These are so perfect, comfortable, and excellent quality. I love the casual but really stylish look of these; I feel like they are classics I can wear for years but still show uniqueness with a bit of an edge.” —Let:it:be

    Get them from Amazon for $189.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and five colors).

    4. A pair of Sorel strappy sandals to basically become your designated important errand shoes. By important errands, I mean your third trip to Target for the week. They also come in some really funky colors!,

    Promising review: "Just perfect! I love these! They're so comfortable. I can walk a mile and more in these." —Carolyn O.

    Get them from Amazon for $78+ (available in sizes 5–12 and nine colors).

    5. A pair of Superga canvas sneakers you'll want to wear to every event because of how dang comfy *and* adorable they are.

    Model is wearing white sneakers
    Beginning Boutique

    Beginning Boutique is a woman-owned small business based in Brisbane,  Australia that focuses on up-to-the-minute trends and styles.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these shoes! They’re my second pair to own. So comfy and literally go with everything!! 😍" —Hayley S.

    Get them from Beginning Boutique for $79.95 (available in European sizes 35–41).

    6. Betsey Johnson booties that are honestly giving me some serious Emily in Paris vibes and I'm living for it. 

    Promising review: "There are no words to describe these boots, When I opened the box I just lit up they are absolutely beautiful. I am in the music business and all the women were coming up to be complimenting on my boots and of course I said Amazon 'Betsey Johnson,' even some men came up to me, pointed and said, 'Love those Boots!' I love Betsey and LOVE AMAZON for bringing them right to my door! Life is good!" —Jo Ann Hoffner

    Get them from Amazon for $145.28+ (available in women's sizes 5–11 and nine colors).

    7. A pair of penny loafers you can wear to work literally every day, look timelessly chic, and be able to stand on your feet for hours while remaining comfortable. Basically, the perfect loafer.

    Model is wearing black penny loafers

    Promising review: "Nice suede look. Fits comfortably and they're flexible! Just as described. Perfect for work!" —Jaime Navarro

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in men's sizes 6.5–13.5).

    8. Classic Birkenstocks because you've seen people wear these for years and trust me, there is a reason they're popular. Do it. You know you want to.

    Made with 100% suede!

    Promising review: "Fits like a dream. I'm in love! This is my second pair of Birkenstocks. I'm used to open-toe style sandals, but these are way more comfortable! I thought I would have to break them in, but they were so comfortable right out of the gate due to the suede top and the soft foot bed. Trust me they're AMAZING!" —LorenaMae

    Get them from Amazon for $89.95+ (available in women's sizes 5–13.5, men's sizes 5–9.5, and three colors).

    9. Birdies flats that'll basically become your go-to shoe for comfort, support, *and* style.

    Model is wearing the flats in a dark hunter green

    Birdies is a woman-founded company that originally created a comfortable and stylish slipper that could be worn at home while hosting parties. But they quickly realized the shoes were just as practical outside. The flats have seven-layers of cushion in them, plus arch and heel support.

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with Birdies! I am a kindergarten teacher and on my feet all day. I am also a runner. It is so important that I find a pair of comfortable shoes that are also stylish. These are the first pair of flats that I can wear all day and my feet don't hurt when I get home. I love them!" —MARISSA S.

    Get them from Birdies for $95+ (available in women's sizes 5–12 and in 15 colors and patterns).

    10. Madewell loafers so chic, you'll be able to wear them with any outfit and have your entire look immediately look 10x better. "Dang, you look so cute." —your shoes.

    The black loafers

    Promising review: "So I bought these loafers because of a particular review which called them something like '1950s boys boarding school proctor but fashion' and they have not disappointed. A pair of sexy yet androgynous loafers that seem to be crafted from smooth melted caramel. They're the type of shoe I imagine both Michelle Obama and Kristen Stewart might wear. A shoe that could have been worn by the cast of Mona Lisa Smile as well as Dead Poets Society. They are the shoe equivalent of Paul Rudd: handsome, wholesome, practical, and somehow, works with everything. These shoes are neither feminine nor masculine, bulky nor flimsy, flashy nor bland. All while being miraculously comfortable. They are the perfect shoe. I'd choose these shoes over any man in the world, including Paul Rudd, given the chance. In fact, I love these shoes so passionately I made an account here to write a review about them. If you love yourself, buy yourself these shoes." —Bbroderick

    Get them from Madewell for $148 (available in sizes 5–11 and two colors).

    11. Colombia hiking boots that are waterproof, lightweight, *and* have advanced traction rubber soles to handle any kind of terrain you put in their path. These are basically perfect for those uphill hikes where you start to regret even going on the hike in the first place.,

    I finally caved and bought these boots over the summer and they're still my absolutely favorite purchases of the year. Not only are they comfortable and SO sturdy, but they make all my hiking outfits look so cute. That's obviously not a "necessity," but doesn't it help?

    Promising review: "I needed a waterproof boot that would also be good for lots of walking. I did a lot of walking in Ireland and Scotland, mostly in rainy weather, and these boots were true to their description. My feet were dry and comfortable." —Louise M.

    Get it from Amazon for $71.85+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 22 colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    12. A pair of clogs you may think are clunky and weird, but I promise you, they'll look absolutely adorable on you!

    Reviewer is wearing the black clogs with brown soles

    Promising review: "I broke my foot 37 years ago and it left me with a bump/deformed foot so I can only wear Mary Jane–type shoes. These are so comfortable, so stylish, and so quiet for clog-type shoes! I have tried other more expensive clog-type nursing shoes and they do not come close to the comfort of Dansko shoes! I love them!!!" —Amazon customer

    Get it from Amazon for $139.95+ (available in sizes 5.5–12 and three colors).

    13. Hunter boots that will not only keep your feet dry from rain puddles (and hey, even snow!), but they just look so great over jeans or leggings.

    Reviewer is wearing bright hot pink rain boots, black pants, and a black puffer jacket

    Promising review: "Love these boots. Totally worth the investment. I usually wear a 9–10 and I ordered the 10. I'm glad I did, definitely feel comfortable and have enough room to add the boot socks. I have fairly large calves and these are not too tight at all, which is usually a concern for me with boots. The green is lovely and true to the picture. When wearing them you can tell they are sturdy. The tread on the bottom is amazing also, and you don't feel like you're going to slip in the rain while wearing." —Samantha Leigh

    Get it from Amazon for $79.70+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 17 colors).

    14. Doc Martens combat boots so you can finally jump on this bandwagon that is definitely here to stay. They're wicked reliable, so you can wear them through rain, sleet, and even snow!

    Model is wearing black leather combat boots with acid wash denim jeans
    Dr. Marten's

    Reviewers recommend getting a pair of heel covers with your new Docs. 

    Promising review: "The leather is so beautiful, of excellent quality & so soft. They were extremely comfortable first time I wore them for several hours walking around the city. I had no blisters from them. I feel like they were made for my feet!!!!" —Suzy R.

    Get them from Dr. Marten's for $150 (available in sizes 5–11 and in four colors) or Amazon for $127.70+ (available in sizes 5–15 and six colors).

    15. Or Sam Edelman combat boots, for when you like the Doc Marten look, but the neutral colors of these just suck you right in.

    the white boots

    Promising review: "These boots are sooooo cute! I wore them walking around NY and loved them! I felt very comfortable. They have a good supportive stretch to the ankle and calf. Where have they been my whole life?" —Ben West

    Get them from Amazon for $107.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in four colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    16. Square-toe boots guaranteed to become one of your new favorite pair of boots to take your steps in. They're sleek, chic, and give juuust enough height that you feel tall and mighty without compromising support., Amazon

    Promising review: "Very comfy and great looking boots! Just like the picture. The heel height makes me taller but isn’t too steep to walk naturally in. Zipper is smooth to pull up and it stays up and doesn’t creep down over time. Overall very happy with this purchase." —Rebecca Henry

    Get it from Amazon for $69.90+ (available in sizes 5–12 and three colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    17. Thigh-high boots that'll have your coworkers going "Are those the—" "The Vogue boots from a small business? Ya. They are." Then you flip your hair and sashay away.

    Model is wearing black thigh high suede boots over denim jeans

    4Twenty4 is a Black woman-owned small business based in Seattle, that sells stylish and trendy clothing and accessories for all styles. 

    Get it from 4Twenty4 for $65 (available in sizes 6.5–10).

    18. A pair of sleek Chelsea boots because if you've ever wondered what the most timeless pair of boots one could own are, it's these.

    Model is wearing black Chelsea boots

    They've got memory foam, five-layer, cushioned insoles! 

    Promising review: "Beautiful boots and comfortable right out of the box. They fit true to size. Like most of my Nisolo boots, I wore them around the house with thick socks for a couple of hours to get them a little softer. This pair was so comfortable that I quickly forgot I was wearing new boots! I like the casual look of the lighter grained sole of these and the rubber anti-skid sole will be great in the winter months. They are perfect casual boot. I’m a huge fan of Nisolo shoes for look, quality, and sustainability practices and they’ve once again impressed me with these." —Julie J. 

    Get them from Nisolo for $200 (available in sizes 5–11 and six colors).

    19. Or a Chelsea boot that'll save you a *wee* bit of money, because they're not just a wardrobe staple, but a wardrobe *must-have*.


    100% genuine leather!

    Promising review: "Everyone — EVERYONE — at the place I work wears some type of Chelsea boot, ranging from the flashy to the more functional. I wanted something that was both sleek and professional as well as sturdy for walking 40 min in the rain every day, and these shoes fit the bill perfectly! Time will tell, but so far they seem to be waterproof as well as slip-resistant. I normally wear a 7–7.5 and sized up to an 8. It's roomy enough for thick socks, but close fitting enough without. No ankle chafing either! I'm very pleased with these shoes!!" —Danielle

    Get them from Amazon for $160 (available in sizes 5–11 and eight colors).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    20. Swedish Hasbeens platform sandals to wear with the flowiest of maxi dresses while still being ultra comfortable to walk in. 

    The sandals in an orange color with a beige footbed
    The sandals in black and beige

    Promising review: "I absolutely love them! They fit so well and comfortably! They do squeak a bit, but I am sure with time that will go away. They are so darn cute and go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe! I highly recommend them!" —cristina Moreno

    Get them from Amazon for $134.79+ (available in women's sizes 7–11 and five colors).

    21. Timberland lace-up boots built to be tough, chic for work, but also comfortable thanks to the removable anti-fatigue footbeds.

    BTW, they recommend buying boots a size down from your usual sneaker size.

    Promising review: "If you like the oiled leather look, these boots are tough to beat. I'm between an office and a shop all day, and these boots dress up or down, which is perfect. If you're looking for a serious heavy duty dedicated, work boot, you're probably better off with Wolverines or comparable. I'll probably add some better insoles, these have no arch support. They're perfectly comfortable without, but with my flat feet, I'll need some arch support if I'm on my feet for more than a few hours. Not cheap boots, but a value for what they are. If the aesthetic is important to your decision for a quality boot, these will not disappoint." —Lazoruslong

    Get them from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in men's sizes 6.5–15, wide sizes, and nine colors).

    22. Lace-up, ankle wrap sandals that'll have you feel like a beautiful Greek goddess every time you lace them around your legs. No really, they're handmade in Greece! 

    a model wearing the sandals in black
    a model wearing the sandals in white
    Greek Chic Handmades / Etsy

    Greek Chic Handmades is a small business based in Athens, Greece. Almost all of their designs can be customized, so if your sandal of choice doesn't come in the exact color you were hoping for — just reach out and ask if it's possible!

    Promising review: "They’re exactly as pictured. The laces are not stretchy so you’ll have to flex your legs while tying them or else they’ll be too tight. This means they stay up on my leg perfectly though. I’ll definitely order more sandals from this vendor." —Abs Inthe

    Get them from Greek Chic Handmades on Etsy for $78.35 (available in sizes 4–14 and in three colors).

    23. Steve Madden animal-print sneakers to really show off your ~wild~ side by pairing these with even bolder outfit choices because why not? Life is short —let's wear all the colors and patterns at once!

    reviewer wearing the sneakers, showing the mix of colors and patterns
    a different reviewer wearing the sneakers while at the Grand Canyon

    Promising review: "These are absolutely the cutest and most unique sneakers. They are comfortable and so stylish. I’m definitely getting the cheetah print next." —Candace Liyah Paul

    Get them from Amazon for $79.94 (available in sizes 5–11 and in 27 colors).

    24. Suede pumps you'll reach for every single time you have any kind of event that warrants wearing beautiful suede heels. AKA every event. 

    The nude pumps
    J. Crew Factory

    Promising review: "Have these shoes in gray, black, and beige. Perfect for the office but also great for a date night!" —Evelyn

    Get them from J.Crew Factory for $79.50 (originally $118, available in women's sizes 5–12 and two colors).

    25. Or if you prefer a more solid shoe, a Rebecca Allen pump to get you through the workdays looking totally put together, even if you don't feel it. 

    The nude pump
    Model is wearing nude pumps while sitting on a chair
    Rebecca Allen

    Rebecca Allen is a Black woman-owned small business that sells stunning, classic shoes for your everyday person. 

    With its all leather construction, this pump is *made* to be worn for many years to come. It's so timeless and classic, it'll never go out of style. Basically, it's a splurge up front, but you'll get your money's worth with every step you take. 

    Get it from Rebecca Allen for $165 (available in sizes 6–11).

    26. Asics running shoes because what better way to get your money's worth with your shoes than to run ~miles~ in them.

    The multi-directional mesh material improves ventilation and stability while the GEL technology cushioning provides excellent shock absorption.

    Promising review: "I like the comfort and the fit of these shoes. I have been using Asics for several year, and they keep me coming back. Very good quality and comfort. Although they are high priced, in my opinion, the quality is worth the investment. The sizing was spot-on with the measurements I received from a shoe store. Sizing has been consistent style to style." —Jerri

    Get them from Amazon for $127.80+ (available in sizes 5–13, wide, and in 21 colors). 

    27. A cut-out mule elegantly designed to be a more sophisticated version of a flat you can slide on without having to deal with straps or buckles *and* not look too childish like some ballet flats do.

    Model wearing the pointed toe open-back flat with a cut out over the top of the foot.
    Zou Xou / Etsy

    Zou Xou Shoes is a Black- woman-owned business that has been creating handcrafted shoes by Argentinian shoemakers since 2015. The styles are easy and classic so they can be worn for years. These mules are handmade to order in European sizes, and they suggest sizing up. So, if you wear a US 8, choose a 39.

    Promising review: "OMG they are perfect!!! As soon as I opened the box I could smell the quality. I’ve been eyeing these shoes for months and they are so worth it! Keeping these forever. ❤️ So happy to support!" —Isabella Henriquez

    Get them from Zou Xou Shoes on Etsy for $249 (available in European sizes 36–42) or from Zou Xou Shoes for $245.

    28. Lace-up booties perfect for when you want to keep your feet toasty warm, but don't want to commit to longer boots. 

    a model wearing a pair of gray jeans with the heeled lace-up booties in black
    a reviewer photo of the boots in brown sitting on a table

    Promising review: "These boots are made so well! They are unbelievably comfortable; there is no need to break them in. The first day wearing them I stood for several hours and had no trouble at all. These are by far my favorite boots. I will be getting more in the future." —Lisakay

    Get them from Amazon for $95+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in seven colors).

    29. Western-style boots that'll have you "yeehaw-ing" all over your town feeling like Miley Cyrus circa 2010.

    Model is wearing cream colored cowboy boots
    Free People

    Promising review: "You will love these boots!! They are absolutely gorgeous! I wore them straight out of the box to the state fair. My feet were comfortable the whole time except the last hour. I was walking around for four hours! Buy these boots!!!" —Fashionprincess

    Get them from Free People for $328 (available in sizes 6–11 and nine colors).

    30. Glamorous heels you'll always reach for when you have any event that requires anything more than a casual look. Oh, who am I kidding? You'd totally wear these for a casual event.

    Model is wearing nude heel sandals with pearl embellishments
    Lilly's Kloset

    Lilly's Kloset is a Black woman-owned small business based in Houston, Texas that sells stylish clothing and accessories.

    Get them from Lilly's Kloset for $98 (available in sizes 6–11).

    31. Ugg slipper shoes to wear around the house so you don't have to worry about getting your socks dirty or worse...having bare feet on cold wooden floors.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Maitland Quitmeyer says: "First thing that needs to be said is that Uggs are great! They're warm, they're cozy, and you can just slide them on when you're freezing — I won't hear otherwise! They're not exactly high fashion, but they don't *need* to be when it's a straight-up polar vortex outside. So when I saw these Ugg slipper slides with an elastic back, I just had to buy a pair. I don't know what it is about them I find the cutest: the slightly sporty elastic, the Michelin Man–esque plush rolls on top, or the chunky bottoms that give you a little extra height. AND they have all the comfort of a slip-on slide, but without the feeling that your foot is going to fall out any second.

    "They have a hard sole, so you can wear them as indoor slippers, half-indoor-half-outdoor take-out-the-trash shoes, or real regular shoes (aka what I'm going to use them for). When it's still warmish out, I'm going to wear them with my toes poking through, but they're also going to be *so* cute with socks (team socks + sandals 'til I die!!!!!). And they're SO SOFT AND COMFY! I'm prepared to live in these all fall. Paired with leggings and a blazer? It's the perfect 'Ugh, I can barely make today happen' work outfit. I honestly want to get another pair in another of the cute colors...or the leopard print. Oh, and just FYI, I ended up sizing down in these!"

    Get them from Amazon for $99.95 (available in whole sizes 5–12 and in 44 colors).

    32. Kitten heels you can wear to work *and* for a night out with the besties without having to change your outfit. 

    Model is wearing nude heels with square tips
    Free People

    The metallic lining detail is the perfect touch, isn't it?

    Promising review: "I bought these shoes in both lavender and mint- no regrets. They’re really sexy, comfortable to walk in, and remind me of '90s glam in the best way. They’re the perfect shoe to dress up or down. Highly recommend! Thinking about getting the nude as well." —Lauramc2

    Get them from Free People for $138 (available in women's sizes 6–11 and seven colors).

    33. Cole Haan dress shoes that'll look incredibly sharp with your best business casual wear or even a well-fitted suit. 

    Reviewer photo of them wearing tan dress shoes and blue pants
    Reviewer photo of the tan dress shoes

    You cannot go wrong with a classic lace-up oxford with blind eyelets and a cap toe! 

    Promising review: "Cole Haan is brand that has been around forever. These Lenox Hill Cap Oxfords look and feel great. The rubber soles also suit me better than traditional leather bottoms. Leather bottom soles are too prone to slipping and sliding as far as I'm concerned. These shoes are also stitched well, and finished nicely. You can't go wrong if you decide on these shoes. Also, get these shoes through the 'Prime Wardrobe' program, so that you can be sure they fit before you purchase them." —Kevin

    Get them from Amazon for $90.10+ (available in men's sizes 6.5–16, wide sizes, and three colors).

    34. And finally, Cole Haan mid-calf boots because sometimes your calves deserve some warmth on those ~extra~ chilly days., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a very comfortable boot — especially as I have a hard time finding boots/shoes that fit around the width of my foot. Plus there's a little padding on the bottom so the strike on the ground is a bit cushioned. What a great find." —NF

    Get it from Amazon for $107.25+ (available in sizes 5–9.5 and in two colors).

    How putting on your new shoes from this list will feel:

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