If you’re going to invest in a designer piece, let it be a great pair of heels. Aside from wallets and handbags, heels are some of the most frequently worn designer items—a fact that makes it almost too easy to justify the price-per-wear logic.
While designers are always releasing new collections with bold, statement-making options, you can’t go wrong when you stick to the classics—we’re talking barely-there sandals and pointed-toe pumps you can wear with jeans, dresses, and beyond. Ahead, we’ve rounded up all that and more in a list of the 10 best designer heels worth buying. From Gucci to Christian Louboutin, there’s an option below for every shoe lover.
How We Found The Best Designer Heels
If you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars (maybe thousands), on a single pair of shoes, you want them to deliver on style, quality, and comfort. Hitting all three of those targets isn’t easy, but the 10 pairs of designer heels below make it look like it is. We’re confident of that because we used our algorithm, a data-powered ranking tool, to find the best designer heels available. Scroll on to see which ones made the cut.
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Chloe Lauren Scalloped Block Heel Pumps
WHAT TO LOVE: Everyone needs a classic pair of pumps in their closet, and these are just that with a little extra flair in the form of a scalloped edge. Plus, they’re crafted from Italian leather, which means you’ll be stepping into luxury every time you slide these on.
SOMETHING TO NOTE: A few reviewers mention that these run large, so if you’re worried about your toes feeling crowded, we recommend ordering one size up from your usual.
Gucci Leather Mid-Heel Sandal
WHAT TO LOVE: The double-G hardware will instantly catch some stares, and the block heel means you’ll feel steady on your feet—even if you’re walking down a cobblestone path. And don’t miss the platinum gold version, which seems like the perfect pair of shoes to wear for a night out.
USER REVIEW: “I wore these to a beach wedding, and they were perfect! The chunky heel didn't dig in the sand, the heel height was good for me and my boyfriend, they were absolutely comfortable, and I could dance all night in them! I plan to wear them with jeans to brunch or date night, or another fancy event.”
Saint Laurent Tribute T-Strap Platform Sandal
WHAT TO LOVE: These are not your grandma’s heels—unless your grandmother owned the catwalk in her day. YSL’s Tribute T-Strap Platform Heels are iconic in the fashion world, with a stunning strappy setup atop a 5.25" tapered heel.
SOMETHING TO NOTE: According to Nordstrom, these heels run small. The sizes are also Italian, so we recommend referencing the reviews and size chart before purchasing.
Alexandre Birman Clarita Ankle Tie Sandal
WHAT TO LOVE: Simple yet captivating, Alexandre Birman’s Clarita Ankle Tie Sandals have a timeless sense of style. They’re crafted from goat leather, which is resistant to wear and said to last a lifetime.
SOMETHING TO NOTE: Reviewers mention that these heels run small and slightly narrow, so for comfort’s sake, we recommend sizing up.
Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong 100mm Sandals
WHAT TO LOVE: It would be a shock for us if Stuart Weitzman didn’t show up somewhere in this list. Well, they made their entrance in style with these Nudistsong Sandals, which are defined by their slender strap and setback heel.
USER REVIEW: “I cannot find enough words to describe how much I love these shoes. I've purchased them in multiple colors, as I cannot get enough. After years of buying, wearing, and investing thousands into another popular (red bottom) designer, I've completely given my feet over to Nudistsongs. They are simple yet chic; therefore they literally go with everything! Very wearable and easy to walk in.”
Valentino Garavani Rockstud Caged Pump
WHAT TO LOVE: They’ve got edge. They’ve got class. They’ve got…our money? Valentino’s Rockstud Caged Pumps have pyramid-studded leather straps, a pointed toe, and are made from a beautiful textured fabric that screams, “Look at me!”
SOMETHING TO NOTE: Maybe it’s a trend, but these pumps also run small. Specifically, they run narrow. Because of that, Nordstrom recommends ordering a half size up from your usual.
Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Pointed Toe Pump
WHAT TO LOVE: Red Bottoms—they’re famous for a reason, and the reason is that they make your legs look a mile long. They’re also recognizable right away due to their bright red, iconic lacquer sole. This version from the Follies line has a pointed toe and a slimmed-down stiletto heel.
USER REVIEW: “If you are purchasing Louboutins for the first time, I would take a trip to a store that carries them and try them on. I am normally a 40 but ordered a 41 based on the recommendations; however, it turns out I need a 41.5 for most of the Louboutin styles. Otherwise, these are beautiful, classic shoes suitable for any occasion, and if you're used to wearing heels, then these will be easy to walk in for you.”
Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed Toe Pump
WHAT TO LOVE: If you’re looking for something a little more dramatic than the pair of pumps above, these are for you. They have an additional inch of height (5” instead of 4”) but are otherwise comparable with the same pointed toe and stiletto style.
SOMETHING TO NOTE: Once again, we are advising you to size up from your usual, because these run small—but instead of a half size up, go for a whole size.
Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Pointed-Toe Pumps
WHAT TO LOVE: These shoes are described as “timeless elegance,” and we’d have to agree with that. They’re classy to the max with a pointed toe and a stiletto pump made from buttery-soft Italian leather.
USER REVIEW: “I have been looking for a black leather pump that will stand the test of time. This is it. It has gorgeous height and a lovely shape. A true jimmy choo 5.5, I had to go down to a 5 to avoid heel slippage. The toe box, which is a bit square, is now form-fitting but as I bought the leather, it should give nicely. A beautiful, keep-for-decades shoe.”
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pointed Toe Pump
WHAT TO LOVE: With a heel height of only 3.5,” this is one of the shorter pairs of pumps on our list. But its presence is sure to turn heads, because it features a bejeweled buckle inspired by the opulence of a French emperor.
SOMETHING TO NOTE: On theme, these shoes run small. Order a half size up, and you should be comfortable while looking undeniably chic.