From Prada, Gucci, & More

In a world of copy-and-paste aesthetics, fast fashion, and increasingly fleeting micro trends, for many, the fashion industry has begun to feel trite. Runway show gimmicks and cookie-cutter “cores” signal a shifting focus from artistry to virality, leaving little room for experimentation. Luxury footwear designers, however, are doing their part to change this.

From the second Jacquemus’ Les Doubles hit the internet, the cutting-edge shoe set fashionista hearts aflame. Boasting a novel, stacked heel design and a dual-tone, dual-texture fabrication, these sandals are a breath of fresh air for those seeking innovation.

Also known for their playful, sometimes whimsical creations, Loewe’s take on the simple pump is now a red carpet staple. The cartoonish, round-toe silhouette has already been seen on celebrities, like Ariana Grande, Greta Lee, and Emma Watson (on multiple occasions).

Even legacy fashion houses, like Chanel and Versace, are revamping fashion’s most beloved shoe styles. Each recently launched its own version of the Mary Jane flat, equipped with modernized details that give new life to a classic.

Ahead, peruse the elite few shoe styles that have the fashion set buzzing — whether due to wearability, versatility, or just plain kitschiness.

2024’s Buzziest Designer Shoes

Each year like clockwork, Prada’s designers craft a shoe that will inevitably dominate the fashion scene, surpassing all other footwear in terms of popularity and elusiveness. There was the platform loafer in 2020, the Re-Nylon Pouch Boots in 2019, the flame pumps in 2012 — the list goes on and on.

In 2024, however, there’s one superstar style tastemakers are already vying for: the Brushed Leather Pumps. With a futuristic winged shape, they offer an updated take on the pointed-toe pump — a Prada signature. Modern and elevated, these are a classic in the making.

Jacquemus has officially thrown their hat

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