The 20 Best Shoes to Start Building Your Contemporary Wardrobe

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Isa Tapia Astor Block Heel Sandals

[Editor’s Note: This week, the TalkShoes staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We’ll return on Monday August 31st, but in the meantime, we’ll be running a few of our favorites from the past few months, complete with updates, to get you ready for fall. Below, we added even more brands to this ever-expanding list!]

Over the weekend, I got together with family and friends to celebrate my birthday, and one of my friends told me that she wanted to treat herself to a new pair of shoes; her budget was about $300. She needed some brand recommendations, commenting that she currently “couldn’t afford a pair of Louboutins or Jimmy Choos.” I quickly rattled off names like Tory Burch,Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade and Michael Kors; these designers all make enormously stylish shoes, even if they’re not in the very top tier of luxury brands.

Below, I made a list of 20 contemporary brands that won’t break that break the bank while still looking more expensive than they are. These shoe are on trend, all for less than $500. If you’re looking for some fresh spring updates at a fair price, you’ve come to the right place.

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Sophia Webster is giving us another treat, with Boss Lady Pumps! Yep, if you’re talking about some bad-ass heels in a quirky yet sophisticated design, then you’ve come to the right place! The luxury brand is a winner in producing some of the most unusual picks (which are highly wearable), and it’s no surprise why it’s making waves in the fashion industry. Well-deserved, Sophia Webster!

The Boss Lady Pump is not your ordinary pick, mainly because it has a unique design element – it has a cute ‘Boss Lady’ speech bubble on its tip! A shoe with attitude? You got it. This baby pink patent leather pump is something you would want to have. The unusual shine that the patent leather material gives plus the wacky speech bubble equals a power combo that’s guaranteed to keep you on your toes.

With a 100mm heel, you can get your very own Boss Lady Pumps for $495 USD or £350 GBP, via Sophia Webster e-store.



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Alicia Vikander Visits GMA in Jimmy Choo Sandals

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Swedish actress and It Girl Alicia Vikander popped by the Good Morning America studios in NYC last week to do a little promo for her latest film, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. She’s wearing a crisp white pair of Jimmy Choo Lance Sandals. You can currently find a metallic silver version of Alicia’s sandals.

You’ll notice Alicia is also carrying a dark, two-tone Louis Vuitton Twist Bag. No surprise there; Alicia was one of the many celeb faces featured in Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2015 ad campaign. You can find a similar version of the Twist for $3,550 at Louis Vuitton. The Man from U.N.C.L.Erolled into US theaters last Friday, August 14th, and should be playing in a multiplex near you.

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Shoe of the Week: Sophia Webster Layla Pom Pom Embellished Metallic Leather Sandals

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Sophia Webster Layla Pom Pom Embellished Metallic Leather Sandals

Shoes: Shoe of the Week: Sophia Webster Layla Pom Pom Embellished Metallic Leather Sandals

Price:$650 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: Summer may slowly be coming to a close, but there’s still time to get full use of Sophia Webster’s whimsical Pom Pom Sandals. This design feels true to Webster’s playful aesthetic, and what better way to celebrate the end of summer than with a couple of pom poms?

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Amy Schumer Dons Narciso Rodriguez Sandals in London

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Here’s everyone’s favorite comedienne, Amy Schumer, heading into the Radio 1 studios in London to do promo for Trainwreck. She’s wearing a pair of Narciso Rodriguez Cutout Carolyn Sandals. Amy is a current celeb fave of Narciso’s; he dresses her for many high-profile events. You can currently find a metallic silver version of Amy’s sandals for $795

As you scroll through these photos, you’ll notice Amy went with a traditional “glamorous celebrity studio entrance photo opp” as she went in, but hammed it up a little for the cameras as she made her exit, in typical Amy Schumer style. If you haven’t seen Trainwreck yet, it’s fantastic–what are you waiting for?

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January Jones Celebrates the Sea in Jimmy Choo Sandals

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Oceana ambassador January Jones recently attended the organization’s Annual Oceana SeaChange Summer Party in Dana Point, California in a sheer, striped dress from Maje paired with pink Jimmy Choo Lee Suede Sandals. You can currently find a bright pink leather pair of Jimmy Choo Lees on sale for $379 at

January’s TV husband Jon Hamm was the guest of honor, and her TV daughter Kiernan Shipka also attended the gala. Naturally, the event theme was “Mad about the Oceans.” Gala attendees helped raise funds for Oceana’s conservation efforts by bidding on luxury items, like a BMW i8 Electric Sports Car that came equipped with a full set of customized Louis Vuitton luggage.

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