There are many cool, stylish and innovative shoes on the internet. From sustainable and ethical finds to emerging designers to direct-to-consumer companies, the options are endless. With so many choices, it can be difficult to find the perfect pair. To make your life easier (because that’s what we do), we’ve limited the search to just 28 of the best brands.
So whether you’re looking for a good sneaker to wear on your next neighborhood run, a strappy sandal for that night out (or, let’s be real, when you’re walking down the block to get some fresh air with your mask on) or just want a good everyday shoe, start with the list below. Upcoming brands are those that Cosmos publishers love, from emerging labels to timeless and iconic labels. Plus, they’ll get you fashionable for the upcoming spring and summer months.
So if you want to up your shoe game, keep scrolling to find some of the best shoe brands creating all the cute sneakers, sandals and heels your heart can bear.
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Puma is well known for its sneakers, and this pair of suede shoes is perfect for your everyday look.
Chewing gum mule
When looking for a trendy shoe, Jeffrey Campbell definitely has what you are looking for. From sneakers to sandals, you’ll love all of her styles, including these bubblegum pinks that channel those spring vibes.
Courtney Platform Slide
Vagabond has a huge range of styles, like square toe ankle boots and these cushioned slides.
Eugenia Dish Croco Honey
Zou Xou’s durable shoes are timeless and comfortable, and his Mary Jane flats are a pair you’ll have in your wardrobe for the long haul.
Regina Clog Slip-On Sandals
Loeffler Randall creates fun jewelry, headbands and handbags. But it’s the brand’s shoes that win the day, like these pretty clogs for example.
Gladiator with ankle tie sandal
You certainly know Dr. Martens for his iconic combat boots, but he also has sandals like these popular lace-up shoes.
Prism Faux Fur Slide
R0AM has all the comfiest slippers in the cutest patterns and colors. I love the shadow effect on these slides!
Look no further than this brand for on-trend options (hello to those braided suspenders!) in all the colors you could want.
Classic suede sneakers
You already know that Reebok has vintage-looking everyday kicks, and these tricolors will be your new summer go-to.
Soft Florida insole
A footbed that molds to the exact shape of your feet over time = a great concept, IMO. Birks is a summer classic that just happens to be super comfy.
Yin meets Yang
This brand has bright hues and fun prints that you will fall in love with. Like, how amazing are these yin yang heels?!
Palmella pump in the sky
These chain sandals are just one of many shoes from Brother Vellies that will have everyone wondering, “Where did you get them from?”
APL: Athletic Propulsion Laboratories
Women’s Techloom Breeze White
APL’s soft knit trainers, like this pair, will keep your exercise game on point while providing ALL the comfort.
Coryna open-toe patent-leather platform sandal
Schutz has all the stylish designs you’re looking for, whether you need a new pair for work or for a socially distanced night out.
Unisex Chuck Taylor All Star High Top
How could we have an overview of shoe brands without one of the most classic sneaker brands of the moment? Converse high tops are simply a wardrobe staple.
This luxury brand designs handcrafted pieces in Italy and has a cult following. Its “Felize” pilots have some of the highest rated reviews on the site.
Count on Shekudo’s colorful sandals to be there for you, whether you’re looking for a more laid-back vibe or something a little dressier for summer.
Renew Run Women’s Running Shoes
We’ve all heard of Nike, and when it comes to a sneaker that’s suitable for both running and everyday use, it’s top notch.
Rothy’s eco-friendly shoes are made from plastic water bottles. Cool, right? The knit material of its popular styles will be like a hug for your feet.
Women’s 2750 Cotu Classic Trainers
This classic sneaker – it’s one of Kate Middleton’s favourites! – will never go out of style and will match virtually any outfit.
Fluff Yeah Slide slippers, cream
The brand’s textured slippers are basically a midlife staple at this point. Your comfortable toes will have no complaints when you wear them.
Salone Monet is your reference for evening shoes; Additionally, the brand specializes in creating inclusive colors that match almost all skin tones.
Shiny Black Original Tall Rain Boot
A good rain boot always comes in handy, and Hunter’s are always a must when the clouds start rolling in.
Although its adorable wooden bags first caught our eye, Cult Gaia also sells some of the most unique and sculptural shoe designs around. I mean, look at that block heel!
all the birds
Women’s wool runners
This company is all about comfort and wearing one of their shoes is like walking on clouds. The sneakers are also made from sustainable resources like wool and trees (yes, real trees!).
Jamila Strappy Heel
Trust this brand to create all the most fashion-forward silhouettes, in exactly the colors you need, at reasonable prices.
V-10 Lace-Up Trainers
When Meghan Markle wore this brand’s sneakers on several occasions, it cemented her status as a casual summer kick.
Naima crystal-embellished suede sandals
Yes, it’s pricey, but this brand has mastered the art of fashion footwear, with bright hues and bold pyramid-shaped heels.
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