There are lots of cool, stylish, and innovative shoes in the world. From sustainable and ethical finds to emerging designers to direct-to-consumer companies, the options are endless. With so much to choose from, it can be tough to find the perfect pair though. To make life easier (because that’s what I do), I’ve narrowed down the search to just 25 of the very best brands.
So whether you’re looking for a good sneaker for your next run, a strappy sandal for that night out (or, let’s be real, for when you’re just walking around the block for some fresh air with your mask on) or just want a good everyday shoe, start with the list below. The brands ahead are ones that Cosmo editors absolutely love, from up-and-coming labels to timeless, iconic designers.
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Regina Clog Slide Sandals
Loeffler Randall creates fun jewelry, headbands, and handbags. But the brand’s shoes are the ones that really take the cake, like these pretty slides, for example.
Arizona White Birko-Flor Sandal
A footbed that molds to the exact shape of your feet over time = a great concept. Birks are a summer classic that happen to be super comfy.
Look no further than this brand for on-trend options in all the colors you could possibly want.
The Girlfriend Sandal Lime
This brand has bright hues and fun prints that you absolutely will fall in love with. Like, how amazing are these green, bandana-printed sandals?!
Looking for hard-to-find colors and unique, geometric shapes? Yuul Yie has you covered.
Midnight Woven Olivia Pump
These chain sandals are just one of many shoes from Brother Vellies that’ll have everyone asking, “Where’d you get those from?”
APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs
Techloom Wave Sneakers
Soft knit sneakers, like this pair, will keep your exercise game on point while providing all the comfort you need.
Ko Plus Unisex Sandal
These platform sandals made of PVC and gold-plated bronze are sure to elevate your shoe collection this summer.
Schutz has all the trendy styles you need, whether it’s for work or a (socially distant) night out.
Take a look at Jaggar if you’re interested in standing out in a subtle way. From funky straps to curved heels, you’re sure to find somethin’ you like.
Chuck Taylor® All Star® Lugged Low-Top Sneaker
How could we have a shoe brand roundup without one of the most classic sneaker brands around?
We’ve all heard of Nike, and when it comes to a sneaker that’s good for running and comfort, these are top notch.
The Felize Mule
This luxury loafer brand designs handcrafted pieces in Italy and has a serious cult following.
Ilamoye Slide Mule
Count on Shekudo’s colorful mules to be there for you whether you’re going for a more laid-back vibe or something a lil more dressy for summer.
For the coziest of the cozy, look no further. The brand’s textured slippers are basically a quarantine staple at this point.
This brand makes its cute, colorful flats from recycled water bottles originally intended for landfills.
2630 COTU Sneaker
These classic sneakers will pretty much never go out of style. Ask Kate Middleton.
Classic Leather AZ Shoes
Reebok has everything from a good workout sneaker to vintage-looking everyday kicks, like the retro pair here.
Salone Monet is your go-to for evening shoes. And the best part? The brand specializes in creating inclusive colors that match just about every skin tone.
Original Refined Chelsea Booties
FYI: The brand known for its knee-high wellies also makes short storm-proof Chelsea boots too.
Although its adorable wooden bags first caught our attention, Cult Gaia also sells some of the most unique shoe designs out there. I mean, just look at that woven heel!
Women’s Wool Runners
This company is all about comfort, and wearing any of its shoes is like walking on clouds. Plus these funky trainers are made sustainable resources like wool and trees (yes, actual trees, people!).
Yaro Ankle-Strap Sandal
Trust this brand to make all the trendiest silhouettes—in exactly the color ways you need—at affordable prices.
Esplar Logo Sneakers
When Meghan Markle wore this brand’s sneakers on multiple occasions, it solidified its status as a go-to casual summer kick.
Vita Crystal Sandal
Yes, it’s pricey, but this brand has mastered the art of the statement shoe, with bright shades and unique details. What’s not to love?
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