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15 Iconic Shoes of 2013

Dolce & Gabbana High-Heeled Sandals

I know it is still early for round-ups like this but I really planned to do this before December starts so we -yes, including me- still have time to shop and rock these iconic shoes before the year ends. In case you didn’t notice, 201 3  was one of the biggest years for shoe trends in recent history. And Birkenstocks made a comeback and Nike trainers became a fashionista must-have. Do I have to state more reasons?

3.1 Phillip Lim Over-The-Knee Boot

Over-the-knee boots almost dominated the runway and I think I could say this is sort of a comeback for them too. Ankle boots have been becoming “the thing” these past few years and it was nice seeing a lot of these boots again. But I think the one that dominated this trend is the kickass pair from Phillip Lim’s spring ’14 show. Hefty, heavy-duty, but with sleek, sexy lines, this shoe made everyone who wore them 10 times cooler.

3.1 Phillip Lim Over-The-Knee Boot, $975, available at Bergdorf Goodman.

Birkenstock Arizona White Sandal

This one is a comeback! Céline and Giambattista Valli made upscale versions of the clunky, crunchy sandal, but ladies found that the original really worked best. The Birkenstock Arizona model was this season’s runaway hit, inspiring tons of controversy among the fashion set.

Birkenstock ‘Arizona’ Soft Footbed Suede Sandal, $129.95 available at Nordstrom.

Alexander Wang Lovisa Heel

The shoe that spawned a million copies. 2013 is a big year for Alexander Wang, not only debuting his Balenciaga collection but also setting a new fashion trend that I could confidently say describe the fashion style of the early 21st century. Alexander Wang did this shoe first (and best), and it’s the perfect minimalist shoe that goes with just about anything.

Alexander Wang Lovisa Heel, $645, available at Alexander Wang.

Balenciaga Buckle Cut-out Boot

Some joked that this was the first “sandal boot,” but there wasn’t anything cutesy about the Balenciaga shoe. With hardware aplenty, this became the flat of choice for the front-rowers during Fashion Week.

Balenciaga Buckle Boot, $1,275, available at Barneys.

Fendi Zebra-Print Shoe

Three words to describe this boot: OVER THE TOP but unnecessary, over-the-top, why’s it there fur was a big runway trend for fall ’13.

Fendi Zebra-Print Shoe, $1,700, available at Barneys.

Tibi Perla Boot

This Tibi bootie was a regular sighting all fall long. Coming in a faux-croc finish and plain black leather, this boot was the perfect modern shape for women who are over the dicker-boot style.

Tibi Perla Boot, $575, available at Tibi.

Isabel Marant Carol Sandals

Someone asked, “was there a fashion blogger who didn’t own this shoe?” Well, I am one of those fashion bloggers who didn’t own this shoe but I am planning to get a pair. Who wouldn’t like it? It’s minimalist but still boho blingy, this sandal was on the foot of every Marant-pile this side of the Internet.

Isabel Marant Carol Sandals, $728.18, available at Vestiaire Collective.

Miu Miu ankle Boots

This is the second time I featured a white-soled boot in this blog and this is also the second time I am promoting this very same boot. It was hard to find a designer who didn’t include a white lug sole in their collection, but the fashion set truly fell in love with this sleek Miu Miu bootie. The hiking-boot-like thread gave this stiletto boot a quirky wink that was irresistible.

Miu Miu Ankle Boots, $890, available at Net-A-Porter.

Givenchy Printed Slip-On

2013 is the the year of the high-fashion slip-on (and also Givenchy). In beautiful silks and leathers, the sneaker was like the more palatable version of the high-fashion Birkenstock.

Givenchy Printed Slip-On, $495, available at Barneys.

The Zara Criss-Cross Sandal

This one is actually not yet available this year but it was hard to go through a slideshow of street style during the spring ’14 Fashion Week shows and not see at least at half-dozen women in this sandal. Way more expensive-looking than they were, this sandal really delivered the most bang for your buck.

The Zara Criss-Cross Sandal, expect it this next spring.

Nike Fly Knits

This is -without a doubt- the most comfortable shoes in this list. Thanks to the never-going-away-anytime-soon sporty look trend Nike Trainers won the hearts of fashionistas and quickly earned it its place as the fashion set’s trainer of choice.

Nike Fly Knit, $160 available at Six02.

Jeffrey Campbell Roller Skate Sandal

2013 is also the year of “what-the-f**k?! fashion” thanks to increasing popularity of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. As ridiculous as it may look but this “roller skate sandal” is till on sale in Nasty Gal and spawned a hundred blog entries. We never saw one of these on the street, but that might just be because their owners were all still nursing broken ankles at home.

Jeffrey Campbell Roller Platform, $198, available at Nasty Gal.

Valentino Rockstud Pump

I don’t think this shoe is not going away anytime soon, it’s just so perfect! (Until we get tired of it and an another designer create new unique shoes). This particular style of shoe has been around for seasons, but it really reached a fever pitch this year. The juxtaposition of the punk pyramid studs against the ladylike pointed pump was too enticing to pass up. But, after seeing them on the fourth, fifth, and sixth party person each night and in different colors, it started to feel a little ubiquitous.

Valentino Rockstud Pump, $945, available at My Theresa.

Vans Checkerboard Slip Ons

This one has been around for ages! This was a huge competitor of Chuck Taylor Converse when I was in high school. All my friends and schoolmates -skater or not- rocked this shoes. We even had a thing where you will exchange the other pair of your Vans slip on so you will be walking around school wearing miss-matched shoes, and it was awesome! And who would think that this Van’s stepper was also a frequently used shoe in indie designer lookbooks and street style this year? The best part? We already had them in our own closets and cost less than $100!

Vans Checkerboard Slip-Ons, $47, available at Journeys.

Dolce & Gabbana High-Heeled Sandals

Totally over the top but you can’t help loving it. These Dolce & Gabbana sandals featured faux flowers, curlicue gold baskets, and red velvet. Definitely a one-of-a-kind! What I love more than this is its wedge counterpart, the Gold Roseembellished Metallic Leather Cage Sandals which feature 3-inch platform gold leather Multicolored velvet rose embellishment, open almond toe, claret velvet insoles, leather sole Buckle-fastening ankle strap.

Dolce & Gabbana High-Heeled Sandals, $2,895, available at Farfetch.

What do you think of these shoes? Do you have a favorite and do you own a pair?