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Make A Step In The Right Direction With The 7 Shoe Styles That Everyone Should Own

An expert's guide to all things shoes.

We’ve all been there. You’ve meticulously crafted what might just be your most stylish outfit yet, only to stand in front of the mirror and realise: you have no idea which shoes to pair with it.

It’s a modern woman’s conundrum (perhaps not the most pressing, but a major bummer nonetheless): feeling lost without the perfect shoes to complete your look.

This is precisely why we are such avid advocates for building a wardrobe filled with essentials like seasonal dresses, work staples, and timeless pieces, but also curating the perfect accessories to match.

From chunky boots to delicate sandals, everyday sneakers to statement heels, having a well-rounded collection ensures you’re never stuck when creating a fashion-forward ‘fit.

We delved into THE ICONIC’s extensive (and we mean extensive) footwear collection to narrow down our top picks for every occasion on your social calendar this year.

Take a scroll and explore our guide to the must-have shoes for your wardrobe this year and get ready to stride confidently in the sartorial direction.

The best shoes to buy from THE ICONIC in 2024

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Flat Shoes

Whether it’s trendy ballet flats, a pair of timeless loafers or some adorable Mary Jane’s, finding yourself a pair of stylish flats that keep your feet happy is a style gamechanger. 

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Alias Mae Cecilia Flats

$172.46 (usually $229.95) at The Iconic

Add a touch of glamour to your next outfit with these chic pointed-toe flats that are adorned with rhinestones. A slip-on style, they’re comfortable but ultra-sophisticated, you’ll find us pairing them with some baggy jeans and an oversized knit for an understated outfit. 

Sizes: 36 to 41 | Colours: Black Suede | Materials: 100 per cent leather

Style notes: 

  • Leather upper shoe
  • Rhinestone adornment
  • Pointed toe and angular silhouette

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Aere Leather Penny Loafers

$160 at The Iconic

There is perhaps no shoe more timeless than a classic pair of penny loafers. Over the last few years, they’ve made appearances on the feet of the style set in the form of chunky loafer silhouettes, however this season we’re opting for a more sleek style. 

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Black and Dark Brown | Materials: 100 per cent LWG leather

Style notes: 

  • Slip-on style
  • Rounded toe
  • Detailing on stitching

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A Good Pair of Boots

Especially now that winter has reared its freezing head here in Australia, investing in a pair of boots is a worthy cause. If you prefer a flat look for chunky or Chelsea styles, or opt for towering heeled boots to make a statement. 

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Billini Filip Boots

$109.95 at The Iconic

Ideal for rainy days and cold temperatures, these boots are perfect for keeping warm without sacrificing style. A chunkier style yet still versatile to suit a range of outfits and occasions.

Sizes: 5 to 10 | Colours: Black | Materials: Synthetic leather

Style notes: 

  • Buckle detail
  • Leather-look materials
  • Rounded toe 
  • Elasticised side gussets

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Spurr Lily Knee High Boots

$99.99 at The Iconic

Finding a pair of knee-high boots that you can wear everywhere is high on our wishlist this season, and we have our eyes on this black-heeled pair from Spurr that has a heel height that is still comfortable to wear but adds some oomph and elevation.

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Black, Cream and Camel | Materials: 100 per cent synthetic leather

Style notes: 

  • Pointed toe
  • Zip fastening
  • 10cm flared heel

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Classic Court Shoes

When you’ve got a formal event on the horizon, having a trusty pair of classic court shoes (or pumps) at the ready is particularly helpful. They effortlessly elevate your outfit, adding that touch of sophistication you’re after.

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Novo Isnello Heels

$79.95 at The Iconic

Versatile, classy and elegant, these all black pointy pumps are on of those pairs of shoes you will find yourself wearing time and time again as they truly go with everything.

Sizes: 5 to 10 | Colours: Black and White | Materials: 100 per cent synthetic leather

Style notes: 

  • Leather-look finish
  • Gold buckle hardware
  • 7.5cm heel height 

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Wildfire Lottie Heels

$50 at The Iconic

On the other hand, look for that classic court shoe style but try out a bold colour or metal finish to add some fun to your next outfit. We love this bright silver pair that is super trendy and adds a unique pop to any look.

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Black, Silver and Blue Denim| Materials: 100 per cent synthetic fabric

Style notes: 

  • Sling back design
  • Adjustable strap length
  • 9.5cm heel height 

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Summertime Sandals

Summer may have left us but we are keeping our eyes peeled for a pair of sandals that will become a seasonal staple next year (or perhaps for an upcoming Euro summer?). 

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Therapy Raye Sandals

$55 (usually $79.95) at The Iconic

Last year was certainly the year of the chunky sandal, this year however we are opting for silhouettes that are a touch more delicate and on the scrappy side.

Sizes: 5 to 10 | Colours: Black and White | Materials: Non-leather

Style notes: 

  • Faux leather upper
  • Thin straps that self-tie 
  • Knot detail
  • Open rounded toe 

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Alias Mae Paris Sandal

$199.95 at The Iconic

Having a pair of slide-on and-you-’re-done sandals is essential come spring and summer, this best-selling pair from Alias Mae are perfect just for that. They’re chunky, and simple and go with practically everything.

Sizes: 36 to 41 | Colours: Black and White | Materials: 100 per cent leather

Style notes: 

  • Double twisted strap
  • 3cm sole

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Fashion Sneakers

Ah the humble sneaker, we practically can’t live without them anymore! They’ve certainly cemented themselves in the fashion hall of fame and you’ll find a well-loved pair in any fashion girls wardrobe. 

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adidas Originals SL 72 

$150 at The Iconic

As much as we love adidas’ now cult Samba and Gazelle styles, we think it’s high time we try out a new style when it comes to sneakers. We have our sights set on the archival SL 72 sneakers that have been revived by the brand, spotted on Miss Bella Hadid. You can hardly get a better testimonial than that.

Sizes: 5 to 10 | Colours: An array of colourways | Materials: Nylon, suede and leather upper with Ecotex tongue and EVA midsole

Style notes: 

  • Lace closure 
  • Lug sole

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Veja V-12

$260 at The Iconic

Alternatively, if it’s a classic simple white pair you’re after then you can’t go wrong with a pair of Veja V-12s. They’re a modern, solid silhouette and go with practically everything, not to mention they’re made to last with durability in mind.

Sizes: 36 to 46 | Colours: Extra White, Extra White & Light Grey, Extra White & Black Dune and Extra White & Cyprus | Materials: Genuine leather 

Style notes: 

  • Rounded toe 
  • Lace-up design
  • Vented on toe
  • Wild rubber sole

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Performance Sneakers

We love our fashion sneakers but when it comes to hitting the gym or the pavement, you need some quality sneakers that can keep up with your body while you break a sweat.

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Nike Free Metcon 5

$180 at The Iconic

Make sure your shoes keep up with you with these bubblegum pink sneakers from Nike that are lightweight, breathable and comfortable. They were designed with flexibility and mobility in mind so they move with you and don’t restrict. 

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Over 5 colourways | Materials: Synthetic materials

Style notes: 

  • Moulded heel clip for support
  • Lace-up design
  • Webbing eyelets
  • Rubber tread

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Hoka Bondi 8

$279.99 at The Iconic

Like walking on a cloud, these cult-favourite running shoes were designed to prioritise immense comfort and responsiveness to your body’s needs. They’re lightweight and flexible, not to mention durable.

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Over 5 colourways | Materials: Synthetic materials

Style notes: 

  • Engineered mesh textile
  • Ortholite® hybrid sockliner
  • Zonal rubber placement for weight savings

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Showstopping Statement Shoes

Having a pair of standout shoes that act more as the centrepiece of the outfit as opposed to a finishing touch are an easy way to transform even the most basic of ensembles. Look for details like oversized bows, bright colours and materials, straps or unique silhouettes.

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Jeffrey Campbell Acclaimed Heels

$289.95 at The Iconic

A unique silhouette that gives off an almost vintage look, these pointy-toed heels from Jeffrey Campbell are a unique addition to your footwear collection,

Sizes: 5 to 11 | Colours: Sky Blue, Beige and Black | Materials: Leather outer

Style notes: 

  • Slingback style
  • Pointed toe
  • 10cm heel

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Senso Venus I

$154 (usually $220) at The Iconic

Although a versatile design, it’s the bold orange metallic material that makes this a standout pair of heels. Style with some baggy jeans, a singlet and plenty of jewellery for the ultimate Cool Girl look.

Sizes: 4 to 11 | Colours: Sunset, Silver and Ebony | Materials: Patent leather upper 

Style notes: 

  • Square toe
  • Chunky heel
  • Slip-on design
  • 9cm heel

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