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The Shoes Art Girls Are Loving
Stepping into Style: The Must-Have Shoes Art Enthusiasts Adore in 2023
Art x Style 16 Dec 2023

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, footwear has always held a special place of significance. Beyond the functional aspect of protecting our feet, shoes have become a canvas for self-expression, a reflection of personal style, and sometimes even pieces of art. Here are the shoes that the art girls have been loving this year.


Alexis Dougé

The Maison Margiela Tabi split-toe design draws its inspiration from the traditional 15th-century Japanese sock, which shares its name. Maison Margiela introduced this iconic footwear concept during its debut collection in 1989, embodying the avant-garde and rebellious essence that defines the Maison’s identity. Over the years, the Tabi split-toe has evolved into a timeless classic, continually reimagined with each new collection. Notably, this year, these unique shoes garnered significant attention when a pair mysteriously disappeared during a memorable Tinder date, leaving a tale of intrigue across social media in its wake.


Adidas Sambas have taken over as the must-have comfy shoes for IT girls this year, displacing Salomon trainers. The resurgence of the Samba model’s popularity can be largely attributed to the influential collaboration between adidas and Wales Bonner. This partnership has breathed new life into adidas’ classic archive styles, seamlessly blending sporting heritage with Wales Bonner’s signature tailoring, propelling these sneakers into the fashion limelight. Following their initial collaboration in 2020, FW23 sees the return of four captivating Samba designs, undoubtedly destined to be on everyone’s wishlist.


Birkenstock’s timeless clogs have earned the title of this year’s favorite “ugly” shoe. Crafted from various materials like leather, suede, or synthetic fibers, these clogs feature a comfortable footbed, perfect for stomping about. The iconic Boston model, known for its understated silhouette, is an essential addition to any wardrobe, catering to both men and women. Simply slip them on, and you’re good to go!

Miu Miu Ballet Flats

Hailing from Lyst’s brand of the year, Miu Miu, the iconic, refined, and original ballerina shoes undergo a seasonal transformation, featuring fresh materials, colours, and intricate details. Despite their audacious design, these Miu Miu women’s designer ballerina slippers maintain their inherent femininity. Their precious details make them the ideal complement to your designer dresses.

LV’s Illusion High Boot

Introducing a formidable contender for the title of “Shoe of the Year” – Louis Vuitton has entered the unconventional footwear arena with its Illusion High Boot, which mimics the appearance of a leg adorned in black heels with LV-branded white socks. These heeled boots come in both ankle and knee-high versions and are offered in two distinct skin tones. Crafted in Italy, each pair is meticulously hand-painted to create the mesmerising optical illusion. You can now own these statement boots for $2,470 USD, available through the brand’s official website.

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