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15 Chic Shoes of Every Kind Perfect for Post-Pandemic Life

luxury designer shoes of every kind best for stepping into post-pandemic life, including boots, sneakers, sandals and slides

We’ve been daydreaming a lot in recent days. The subject of our fantasies? Imagining the happy new shoes we’ll be wearing when we’re free to roam after the coronavirus pandemic subsides. If you’re ready to dream a little dream, here are our top picks: 15 chic luxury designer shoes of every kind perfect for stepping into post-pandemic life, including boots, sneakers, sandals and slides. You remember shoes, don’t you?

stepping into post-pandemic life requires new shoes, right?

We read a hysterically funny headline while scrolling a couple of days ago. It read “Shoes! Remember those?” 

Right . . . we do seem to remember something with a hard sole that went on our feet that often had the ability to make a statement, to lift our mood, to signal authority, or to signal “look at me!” Remember those days?

luxury designer shoes of every kind best for stepping into post-pandemic life, including boots, sneakers, sandals and slides

Luxury designer shoes of every kind best for stepping into post-pandemic life, including boots, sneakers, sandals and slides

Well, dear reader, they’re almost back. And when we strut out of lockdown, heads held high, we should be rocking the most sensational shoes of the season.

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15 Chic Shoes of Every Kind Perfect for Post-Pandemic Life

Here are the spring summer 2021 shoes, boots, sneakers, sandals and slides that will allow us to ditch the house slippers and socks and step out into the New Normal, whatever the heck that may be. 15 chic shoes of every kind perfect for stepping into post-pandemic life 2021.

1. The Ballerina Flat

When dipping a toe back into the water of wearing actual shoes all the time post-pandemic, a ballerina flat is an excellent place to start. The designers behind luxury brand Hereu – José Luis Bartolomé and Albert Escribano – were inspired this season by memories of summers on the Spanish Mediterranean coastline. The result? These bright orange crochet-knitted Puntera ballet flats.

BUY NOW: $385.

2. The Statement Flat

As we tiptoe out into the world again, some of us will make our first move from house slippers to real shoes a pair of glamorous flats. ‘Cause that comfort level is tough to abandon outright, right? And why be uncomfortable when you can make such a statement with Valentino Garavani’s new Roman Stud flats? These beauties made their first appearance on the SS21 runway in this fresh lemon yellow hue. They also come in bubble gum pink. We are So. All. In.

best post-pandemic luxury designer shoes of spring summer 2021

BUY NOW: $1,100.

3. The slingback

Bring some sparkle when you step out with a slingback like this one from Ancient Greek Sandals. These gold Dinami sandals have a slingback heel with a wing-shaped buckle – a nod to Hermes the messenger god in Greek mythology. They would be so pretty with any soft pastel or floral print.

best post-pandemic luxury designer shoes of spring summer 2021

BUY NOW: $340.

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4. The kitten heel

These embellished glitter kitten heels from Miu Miu look perfect for a night out with no curfew.

BUY NOW: $1,020.

5. The sexy sandal

Gianvito Rossi’s “Opera” metallic rose gold sandals will remind you of the Before Times. And how much fun getting dressed up can be.

luxury designer shoes of every kind best for stepping into post-pandemic life, including boots, sneakers, sandals and slides

BUY NOW: $1,295.

6. The “boss lady” pumps

When it comes to high heels, we say go with the O.G. Christian Louboutin’s Kate leather pumps have a high stiletto heel, a sharply pointed toe, and the iconic red lacquered-leather sole. They’re investment shoes that will last nearly forever and always look perfectly chic.

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BUY NOW: $745.

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7. The Mule

These red Lupita mules from “it” accessories designer Amina Muaddi are frosted with dozens of red crystals. The brand’s signature heel is meant to evoke a Martini glass.

luxury designer shoes of every kind best for stepping into post-pandemic life, including boots, sneakers, sandals and slides

BUY NOW: $810.

8. The Slide

Marni’s sky blue buckle-strap faux leather slides are like a dreamy summer day.

luxury designer shoes of every kind best for stepping into post-pandemic life, including boots, sneakers, sandals and slides

BUY NOW: $325.

9. The lug-soled sandal

Chunky lug soles are one of the biggest footwear trends this season – as the temperatures rise, we’re moving from the stompy boot to the stompy sandal. And who better than Prada to show us how it’s done? Wear them with a flirty floral summer dress.

best post-pandemic luxury designer shoes of spring summer 2021

BUY NOW: $895.

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10. The platform sandal

Bottega Veneta’s lambskin leather Wedge sandals – straight from the runway – are distinctive not just because of their architectural shape, curved block heels and wide vamp. The color palette is also unlike any other this spring. Let’s see . . . pistachio? Or mauve? Or both?

best post-pandemic luxury designer shoes of spring summer 2021

BUY NOW: $990.

11. The ankle boot

These new collection of “Tire” leather ankle boots from Bottega Veneta make us feel like jumping through puddles and singing in the rain! There are some cool standout colorways, in addition to this playful blue hue – including pistachio green.

BUY NOW: $1,150.

12. The must-have sneaker

Balenciaga is our go-to when we want to elevate our sneaker game. In this season of newfound freedoms, we’re feeling this new Track.2 sneaker in lavender.

BUY NOW: $975.

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13. The espadrille

A list of the best luxury designer post-pandemic boots, sneakers, sandals couldn’t be complete without espadrilles. These white and beige Gaia espadrilles from Stella McCartney are made from faux leather.

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14. The slippers

If you just can’t bear to give up your favorite house slippers, JW Anderson has your back.  Made in Spain from smooth white leather, these slippers have round toes and leather inlays for comfort. Their chunky golden chain links signal to those in the know that you haven’t sacrificed style for comfort. Not now, not never.

BUY NOW: $535.

15. The derby

Finally, we close our list of the best post-pandemic shoes, boots, sneakers, slides and sandals with a good old-fashioned Derby. With a twist. For those who believe that a great shoe is a like a work of art, we present the ultimate best post-pandemic shoe:: the Noir Kei Ninomiya Derby. We love the laser-cut petal motifs and the soft pink color. And the thick sole surrounded by studded appliquéd florals strikes just the right note for an urban adventure. Even if it’s just relearning how to navigate the office jungle.

BUY NOW: $812.

15 best shoes of every kind perfect for post-pandemic life

Those are our favorites among the chic luxury designer shoes of every kind best for stepping into post-pandemic life this spring summer 2021, including boots, sneakers, sandals and slides. What’s at the top of your list, dear reader?

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