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    31 Splurge-Worthy Shoes That Are Both Stylish And Timeless

    Carrie Bradshaw would be so proud.

    1. 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. There are even 182 (!!!) colors to choose from!

    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 4–17.5, men's sizes 2–17.5, and 182 colors).

    2. Madewell loafers so chic, you'll be able to wear them with any outfit and your entire look immediately looks 10x better. 

    The brown pointed toe loafers

    These babies are made with Cloudlift Lite padding so it'll almost literally feel like you're walking on clouds.

    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 chose these shoes over any man in the world, including Paul Rudd, given the chance. If you love yourself, buy yourself these shoes." —Bbroderick

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

    3. Or a Madewell mule if you don't like to have fully-closed shoes, but still want to go for the "I'm effortlessly cool" vibe. 

    Model is wearing tan mules and blue denim jeans

    Promising review: "This shoe is super comfortable and incredibly stylish. It upgrades your outfit to a whole different level. I’ve worn these babies everywhere and have gotten loads of compliments on them! If you’re looking for a shoe that gives you a classic look of a loafer but the convenience and comfortability of a slipper, look no further because this is it." —Lyss620

    Get them from Madewell for $128 (available in women's sizes 5–11 and two colors).

    4. 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
    @swedishhasbeens /, Amazon

    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 5–11 and eight colors).

    5. A pair of Dansko clogs that you may think are clunky and weird, but I promise you, they'll look absolutely adorable on you for years to come!

    The leather and textile linings have Aegis Microbe Shield for maximum odor control *and* the footbed has memory foam!

    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 no come close to the comfort of Dansko shoes! I love them!!!" —Amazon customer

    Get them from Amazon for $139.95+ (available in women's sizes 5.5–12 and three colors).

    6. Sam Edelman loafers that are kind of giving me ~Elton John vibes~ and I'm living for that aesthetic, honestly. There are 41 (!!!) colors to choose from so you'll always be able to match your loafers to your outfit. A dream come true.

    Promising review: "LOVE these. A great alternative to ballet flats when you need a dressier flat. I hate the look of ballet flats so these are amazing. Also much cheaper than the Guccis at $700 and look and feel about the same. Comfortable soft leather." —Sheeba

    Get them from Amazon for $42.74+ (available in women's sizes 4–13 and 41 colors).

    7. Or Sperry loafers if you're not a fan of fancy accents but like *some* dimension to your shoes.

    A black loafer and brown loafer sitting next to each other
    Sperry / Via

    Promising review: "This shoes exceeded my expectations. They're very sharp and professional-looking, they go with every outfit. These loafers didn't require any breaking in; they felt perfect the first time I tried them on. They offer more support and cushion than most loafers, and I keep describing them as 'walking on pillows.' I plan to wear this pair to death and then purchase another. I highly recommend these shoes." —Fed Ghali

    Get them from Amazon for $46.25+ (available in women's sizes 5-12 and three colors).

    8. Colombia hiking boots that are waterproof, lightweight, *and* have advanced traction rubber soles to handle any kind of terrain you put in their path.

    Tan and grey hiking boots
    A person sitting on a stone bench wearing tan hiking boots with red laces, Stephanie Hope / BuzzFeed

    I can't express how much I love these boots! They're comfortable, SO supportive, and don't forget how cute they look! I tested out the waterproof feature it has and it really works! I wore them for a few different hikes and they all felt great!

    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 them from Amazon for $78.78+ (available in women's sizes 5–12 and 12 colors).

    9. 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!

    Reviewer photo of a person standing with their dog while wearing black and white sandals
    Reviewer photo of a closeup of white soled black strappy sandals

    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 $89.69+ (available in women's sizes 5.5–12 and nine colors).

    10. 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 five colors).

    11. 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 $101.61+ (available in men's sizes 6.5–16, wide sizes, and three colors).

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

    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 for $70.50 (originally $118, available in women's sizes 5–12 and two colors).

    13. 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).

    14. 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 eight colors).

    15. Sam Edelman heeled sandals that will stand the test of time and fashion trends over and over again. They're chic, lightweight, and go with any warm-weather look you put together.

    The heeled sandals in pink
    Reviewer photo of the heeled sandals in nude

    Promising review: "I am so excited. I've been on the hunt for a pair of work appropriate sandals with a chunky heel because they are so much easier to walk in. As soon as I slipped the shoes on I knew the price was worth it. They are comfy and beyond well made. The suede is butter soft. I can tell the strap across the toe should not blister or bother me." —UAstudentn

    Get them from Amazon for $44.99+ (available in women's sizes 5–11 and 7 colors).

    16. Converse Chuck Taylors because you can never go wrong with a classic that pairs so well with jeans, shorts, maxi skirts, dresses — you name it!

    Model is crouching down reaching towards their black Converse shoes
    Urban Outfitters

    Note: These shoes run large, so order a half-size down!

    Promising review: "They arrived fast and look great. My favorite shoe for the summer because they're lightweight and go with everything." —Rrreviewww

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $55 (available in women's sizes 5–10 and two colors). 

    17. A Timberland Chelsea boot to wear basically all fall season while you step on all the crunchy leaves, sipping on your PSL. ~Ahh, fall~

    Model is wearing tan Chelsea boots while sitting on a wooden fence

    The fabric lining contains about 50% recycled plastic! These bad boys feature a sturdy midsole layer for extra comfort, a Lightweight OrthoLite® footbed for all-day comfort, *and* a treatment that repels water and oil-based stains. 

    Promising review: "I like it for the stylish look and absolute comfort." —Target customer

    Get them from Target for $109.99 (originally $150, available in women's sizes 6–10 and two colors).

    18. Or a classier Chelsea boot because they're not just a wardrobe staple, but a wardrobe *must-have*. 

    Model is wearing black Chelsea boots
    Model is wearing dark brown Chelsea boots

    Promising review: "I've been looking for a high-quality classic Chelsea boot for years. I'm so happy I committed to this one!!! There was no break in time and I walked all over Seattle for five days while on a trip. I enjoyed a perfectly comfortable and stylish shoe with no issues. I will definitely purchase other colors." —mpstraydog

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