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30 Pairs Of Shoes That Are Definitely Worth The Splurge


30 Pairs Of Shoes That Are Definitely Worth The Splurge

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication. 1. Eastland black and white oxfords that’ll provide a bit of…

30 Pairs Of Shoes That Are Definitely Worth The Splurge

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


Eastland black and white oxfords that’ll provide a bit of a retro vibe, but will never go out of style. They’ll look really sharp with an all-black outfit or with a crisp white button-down., Amazon

Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE these Oxfords. I usually don’t spend more than $25 on shoes, but I am so glad I took a chance on these. They are incredibly comfortable. The leather is soft with no hard places around the ankles. I would buy them again any time! I’m glad someone mentioned that they were a bit snug, so I sized up a half size and the fit is perfect. I just LOVE these shoes. I could wear them all day long and walk all over comfortably.” —LIMO

Get them from Amazon for $53.99+ (available in two colors and women’s sizes 6–11).


A pair of stylish water shoes you won’t be embarrassed to wear around the beach or on the boardwalk. Looking cute at the beach or pool is in fact possible and these shoes will get you halfway. Now you just need a bathing suit and cover up to match.


These water shoes are made of a quick-drying neoprene with a non-skid sole.

Promising review: “These shoes are PERFECT for vacation! I wore them to the rice paddies in Bali and they survived mud and rain! I came in, rinsed them off with water, and they looked brand new. I’d recommend these to anyone traveling and doing a lot of activity. Warning: they are a little tight on the heel, so maybe go up a size.” —ElleGee47

Get them from Nordstrom for $95.95 (available in three colors and women’s sizes 6–10).


Original Vans to dress up or down, according to your mood. And where you’re going, obviously. They’re like the ultimate go-to sneaker and are a closet must.

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Promising review: “I’ve been going back and forth about whether to buy these, and I’m so glad I did!! They run true to size and are so comfy. They go with everything in my closet!” —julesrodge

Get them from Urban Outfitters for $60 (available in three colors and women’s sizes 5–10) or check them out at Zappos.


Hunter rain boots so you can splash around in puddles, but also successfully keep your feet dry. These will be a godsend when you’re commuting to work on a particularly rainy and gross day., Amazon

Promising review: “These boots really are waterproof. They have great traction in slippery surfaces, and they are excellent for walking through mud. They fit well, and the colors are vibrant and true to the picture.” —nerak

Get them from Amazon for $73.38+ (available in 36 colors and women’s sizes 5–11).


Allbirds sneakers that’ll become your favorite sneaker for everyday errands and travel. They are made from wool, have a padded insole, are machine-washable, and super flexible.


Promising review: “These are SO warm. I have not had any problems yet in the early stages of Chicago winter. Surprisingly, I feel okay wearing these out when it’s icy as well. Their tread is better than expected. It’s too bad they are not waterproof, but you can always supplement with your own spray or coating. I prefer wearing them with socks.” —Priyanka P.

Get them from Allbirds for $95 (available in 25 color combos and women’s sizes 5–11).

These were also our mid-price pick for the best everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!


Dr. Martens boots, because everyone needs a pair of combat boots to make them feel like a true badass. They’re durable, too, so expect them to last for a longggg time (your wallet will thank you).

Dr. Martens

Promising review: “I’ve been wearing Dr. Martens since I was 18. I am now 45 and my daughter is wearing them. Thank goodness we have the same size foot! They are are the best boots ever! Work, play, whatever!” —T.D. R

Get them from Zappos for $139.95 (available in five colors women’s sizes 5–11). Or check them out here.


UGG slippers that’ll keep your feet nice and warm during the colder months. Toasty toes = happy toes. Plus you can wear them outside when you run to get the mail in your robe and pajamas.


Promising review: “This is my first pair of UGG slippers and they are the best! I normally wear an 8.5 or a 9 depending on the shoe, so I ordered these in a 9 and they fit perfectly. From the moment I put them on, they were so soft and warm. They look great with my skinny jeans, too. They are so comfortable that I almost forget I have them on. These are worth the investment.” —Zappos Customer

Get them from Zappos for $99.95 (available in nine colors and women’s sizes 5–12).


Adidas Stan Smith sneakers to help you rock that crisp, all-white outfit without sacrificing comfort. Good luck trying to keep them clean, though. White shoes attract all. the. dirt.


Promising review: “I’ve always been an Adidas fan and l been eyeing the Stan Smith shoe for sometime. They’re clean and simple. It’s a style that you can wear with anything.” —Mcglorious

Get them from Adidas for $80 (available in 14 colors and women’s sizes 5–11).

And! Check out our shoe cleaning guide to keep ’em in tip-top shape.


Over-the-knee Steve Madden boots that’ll give off the thigh-high look while showcasing your legs. And there’s no shame in highlighting your favorite feature!

Promising review: “I ordered half a size up as most reviewers recommended. I would suggest this as well; they’re a little big on me, but they’re very comfortable and so cute. I wore them with jeans and got so many compliments. I plan on wearing them for New Year’s. They’re versatile, stylish, and can be dressed up or down. I wore them for about six hours and my feet felt great.” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $69.14+ (available in five colors and women’s sizes 5.5–10) or check out a similar over-the-knee pair here.


Classic Bean boots for all types of messy weather. Rain, snow, and mud approved.

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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 two colors, three widths, and women’s sizes 5–11).


Slingback flats you’ll want to wear with every pair of cutoff jeans you own. They’re understated, but the color will definitely add a fun flare to a more minimalistic outfit.


Promising review: “Even with wider feet, these flex and move with you. Since they’re made of suede, these will will give over time and mold to you. The back strap is very secure, and this is coming from someone who once despised slingbacks!” —Vivian L

Get them from Everlane for $155 (available in five colors and women’s sizes 5–11).


Platform sandals to pair with the dreamiest maxi dress. They’re perfect for a warm-weather vacation and truly won’t take up much space in your suitcase. Win, win.

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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 $71.70+ (available in 11 colors and women’s sizes 5–11).


Calvin Klein dress shoes that’ll look incredibly sharp with a well-fitted suit. If you’re someone who needs to rock that business-professional look, these are a great addition to your shoe collection., Amazon

Promising review: “I’ve been wearing these as my black dress shoes for almost a year. These have seen business meetings, the dance floor, snow, rain, broken glass, and just about any condition short of mountain hiking. They’ve held up very well and still look new after a polishing. Scuffs buff out very easily and the shoe doesn’t have any creases from where my toe bends. It’s a very high quality shoe.” —Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $44+ (available in four colors and men’s sizes 7–16, including wide).


Frye riding boots for a more sophisticated equestrian look. They’ll look great with a pair of skinny trousers and a fitted blazer., Amazon

Promising review: “I love these boots! They are super comfy, the leather is soft and smooth, and they keep their form. I love them with dresses and I can fit a skinny jean in them perfectly. They do run a little big, I would order either your normal size or maybe a half size down, definitely don’t size up for these ones.” —Savannah L

Get them from Amazon for $73.60+ (available in 29 styles and women’s sizes 5–12).


Sam Edelman heeled sandals you’ll most definitely want to wear to your next formal event come springtime. They’re just high enough to keep you comfortable while groovin’ around the dance floor., Amazon

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 $30+ (available in 22 styles and women’s sizes 4–14).


Short cowboy boots you can own even if you’re not working a ranch out west. Everyone can rock some western style no matter of actual location.

Free People

These are made from vegan leather!

Promising review: “I love these boots! I usually wear between an 8.5 and a 9, so I ended up getting get a 9. They are a little big, but I can deal. Very stylish!” —Jaz55

Get them from Free People for $70 (available in four colors and women’s sizes 6–10).


Chelsea boots, because honestly they’re the biggest wardrobe staple I can think of. How do you not own them already?? They go with anything and everything!


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 three styles and women’s sizes 5–11). And check out a similar pair from Kenneth Cole here.


Promising review: “These have caused exactly zero blisters and zero cuts on my heels. These fit comfortably and have become my go-to shoe for any sort of occasion. They’re stylish enough to wear in a work environment or with shorts for a casual event. Also, the soles provide get traction.” —J S Hall

Get them from Amazon for $68.95+ (available in three colors and men’s sizes 7–12).,

Promising review: “I love them! The quality is great. They’re very sturdy; I’d say a bit heavy, but not ridiculously so. I typically wear a 7.5 and got the 8. They’re slightly bigger than expected, but not so much so that they’re uncomfortable or cumbersome. They’re actually really comfortable. The strap does well to keep your foot in place. They’re the type of shoe that needs to be broken in, but doesn’t take long to do so. These are obviously going to last a really long time.” —Adrienne

Get them from Amazon for $69.99 (available in four styles and women’s sizes 5–11).


Columbia insulated snow boots to fight the days when Mother Nature decides to dump snow on us and turn the outside world into a tundra. TYSM, Mother Nature.,

Promising review: “I love these boots. I deliver packages for Amazon on the weekends and work 10–12 hour days. It’s been a rainy, snowy, and cold mess last few weeks. Not one drop of water got through these boots, and I was walking through huge puddles one day. I love how they look and feel. My feet were still comfortable in them at the 12 hour mark.” —Laure

Get them from Amazon for $59.96+ (available in six colors and women’s sizes 5–12).


Sam Edelman suede heeled boots so beautiful, you won’t be able to resist adding them to your shopping cart.


Promising review: “They are gorgeous. The wide heel gives stability. Sam Edelman is one if my favorite shoe designers. They are worth the extra cash because the brand is well-made and very fashion-forward. They fit well, so you can wear them comfortably.” —colleen m

Get them from Amazon for $63.98+ (available in seven styles and women’s sizes 5–11).


Leather sneakers that’ll totally help you ace that streetwear look. Like, where’s the paparazzi at? Made from Italian leather, these kicks are super high quality.

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Promising review: “Spectacular shoes that are meticulously crafted. Every detail is precise and of outstanding quality. Luxe leather. Wore them for the first time on flight from Charleston to Florida. You have a fan for life! Will order more. Great company. Great people!” —Marty D.

Get them from Nordstrom for $179+ (available in seven colors and women’s sizes 6–9.5). Or check them out here!

These were our high-price point for the best everyday casual sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!


Birkenstock sandals to replace those ratty flip-flops that provide absolutely zero support. These will feel like they are literally molded to your feet.


Promising review: “I have been wearing Birkenstock Arizona sandals for about 18 years. These are as delightful as any that have come before them. They really help support my feet and cut down on aches and pains. They are easy and quick to put on to step outside or take a road trip. They are perfect for air travel with shoe removal rules.” —Zappos Customer

Get them from Zappos for $99.95 (available in two colors, two widths, and 11 sizes both men’s and women’s).


Bow mules that’ll be a hit at your holiday party. They’re chic and made from velvet, so they’ll provide some festive party vibes for the evening.


Promising review: “I bought the gold pair as I wanted a little sparkle this holiday season and I can’t wear most of my heels pregnant. These are absolutely adorable and I will keep them for many years. They don’t hurt my feet or anything like previous mules I have ordered that put too much strain on the top of the foot!” —Miss Christmas

Get them from Loft for $79.50 (available in four color and women’s sizes 5–11).


A leather ankle bootie for everyday wear and tear. They feature a cushioned footbed, so they’re a great option if you’re out and about all day long.


Promising review: “These are cute boots and the western details make them stand out. The leather seems like good quality. They are very comfy in the foot bed and the heel height is perfect. I was a little concerned about the opening though – the zipper is very stiff and the opening was kind of tight on my lower calf. But, I’m glad to say that I wore them today with thick tights and they are just right. I can’t feel the stiff zipper at all.” —Librarie

Get them from ModCloth for $125 (available in women’s sizes 37-42).


Pointed toe flats (made with genuine leather) to absolutely stun during your next business meeting. They’ll also transition to night wear super easily, so if you have evening plans, you won’t have to change shoes.


Promising review: “These trendy shoes have a very comfortable soft leather and they look beautiful. Initially they were little bit tight at toes but after wearing them a few times I was comfortable. Great seller!! I would love to order in other colors.” —Likki

Get them from Amazon for $86.90 (available in three colors and women’s sizes 4.5–10.5)


Embroidered slip-on loafers, because everyone deserves a shoe that’ll garner a second-look from those walking by.


Promising review: “I don’t usually write reviews, but I am so happy with this product and my experience! I was unsure of the quality I would receive, but the pictures don’t do them justice. These shoes are amazing and the quality is much better than expected. They are comfortable and didn’t need any breaking in. I’ve received so many compliments (six in one day) from friends and strangers alike. One friend said ‘They are so beautiful I just can’t take my eyes off of them!’ and a stranger whispered to her friend how beautiful my shoes were — I was lucky enough to hear! I am very pleased with this purchase and would absolutely buy from this seller again!” —Rachel Goldstein

Get them from Amazon for $56.98+ (available in seven colors and women’s sizes 6–13)


Knee-high buckle boots that are sure to make a loud fashion statement as you pad around town. You can wear skinny jeans tucked into them, or pair them with an above-the-knee dress or mini skirt.


Promising review: “They look way more expensive than they really are. I got the taupe ones and I couldn’t be happier. Plus they’re actually comfy, too.” —Gabbie M.

Get them from Forever21 for $54.99 (available in two colors and in women’s sizes 5.5–10).


A suede sneaker to complete the casual-cool look. They can be thrown on in a pinch when you’ve got to run out the door and can even be dressed up when the occasion calls for it., Amazon

Promising review: “I’m blown away by the look, fit, and quality of these shoes. I originally bought the gray ones and after wearing them for a week I went online and bought a black pair as well. So far I love them. They fit great, my feet feel great and, they look great with every pair of jeans I’ve worn.” —Emanuel R

Get them from Amazon for $31.20+ (available in five styles and men’s sizes 8–13.5).


Snakeskin boots literally all of your friends will want to borrow. Pro tip: keep them stored toward the back of your closet or your roommate may grab and wear when you least expect.


Promising review: “I had looked at so many ankle boots and these were the perfect fit. I read several reviews regarding comfort and they all said that these were the most comfortable boot. I like the stud detailing and the ankle placement is just right.” —Fashioniconstyle

Get them from Nordstrom for $99.95 (available in four styles, two widths, and women’s sizes 4–13).

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