Even with all the sneaker collaborations there are to get excited about, we still come back to some of our most classic styles. If you’re a Vans person, you either have Sk8-His or Old Skools. If you’re a Converse fan, you’ve got your go-to Chucks. Beyond sneakers, there are plenty more comfortable shoe labels making silhouettes that have practically become iconic at this point.
Mainstays like Teva, UGG, and Dr. Martens will always have a place in our wardrobe. If you are shopping for luxury and want a designer shoe that’s actually easy to get around in, there are Gucci loafers and Chanel ballerinas for that. We’re sure you already have plenty of outfits to work with these shoes, and if you don’t, you’ll find some inspiration ahead. Most importantly, we’re here to make sure you’re equipped with these cult-favorite styles.
We’re filling you in on all the details about the functional footwear we consider staples and offering you two top-pick pairs in each category — the first being more basic, and the second embellished with extra details. At the end of the day, you’re going to be stylish and comfortable, and that’s what matters most, right?
— Additional reporting by Maggie Boyle and Samantha Sutton