It may sound too obvious. However, every minimalist must own a great collection of minimalist shoes.
Before I feel the urge to jump into explanations and make this blog post longer than most new movies (2 hours and 50 minutes, are you kidding me?!!), I will clarify. I don’t mean getting a new pair with the monthly paycheck. I’m talking about owning a few pieces that will fit into your everyday life – ones you can also rely on for special occasions and celebrations. Remember those?
Recent years have proved we need to pay special attention to the purchases we make. That’s why every single pair you’ll find below (and hopefully love) are from shoe companies that care about the planet and its people.
To be honest, it took me more than two hours to finish the research for this shoe capsule edit, but I feel confident you’ll find your new favorite shoes here. Stylish, elevated, easy to match, and practical, they check all the important boxes. Hard surfaces, high flexibility, and flexible soles, to name a few more. Because what footwear you choose affects more than just your feet, but the entire human body.
No matter your preferences, all shoe choices waiting over here will help you rock that final score in the sustainability game. From conventional shoes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley would put on, to outside-of-the-box minimalist designs Rihanna would make her own, let’s dive in. No strings attached, you can thank me later. Check out these amazing minimalist shoe brands.
ADD THESE 10 PAIRS OF MINIMALIST SHOES TO YOUR CAPSULE & YOU’RE SORTED FOR LIFE:
1. VIVAIA Melissa Perforated Heeled Boots
What do I have to say about VIVAIA’s minimalist footwear? Well, how COMFORTABLE they are in the first place. Like a hug from your bae after a long day, like binging your favorite Netflix show on a rainy weekend. That type of COMFORTABLE. Actually, the brand’s mission is to create a natural sensation yet no foot pressure shoes that reduce impact forces from day-to-day use. They are also soft and made of sustainable fabrics. I have this exact same pair and, trust me, it’s the comfiest pair of boots I own. Plus, they look incredible with everything! You name it. (Or check for yourself by scrolling down my Insta feed).
2. VIVOBAREFOOT GEO Racer Knit
Forget about traditional running shoes. These trail runners from Vivobarefoot are all you want from minimalist running shoes. The philosophy behind their products lies in reconnecting with nature and feeling like you wear barefoot shoes all the time. You’ll love the dynamic feel and fit of the ultra-lightweight design features. I’m not saying it’s going to make you run even when you don’t feel like it, but I’m actually saying it. They even have a 100-day trial, so if you change your mind within three months (you won’t though, the motion control is unbelievable for matching the natural movement of the foot) or want to opt for smaller sizes for those more technical trials, you can still get a full refund on your modern running shoe. RUN, don’t walk to their website. Pun intended.
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3. VIVAIA Round-Toe Chunky Heels
I don’t know if you are aware of the cliché quote that you shall keep both your heels and standards high (the low heel is somehow boring, isn’t it?), but this pair makes it come to life. Every girl needs a classy fit in her capsule wardrobe. I mean, it’s stylish, versatile, and perfect for any occasion – whether the next big thing in your life is Friday night’s cocktails or the wedding of your best friend, you’ll have the arch support to get you through. You can wear the wide toe-box chunky heels with a two-piece suit, or even with leisurewear if you are into taking risks. Made of six plastic bottles, they are a total win-win!
4. Alohas Mask Warm White Vegan Loafers
Albeit super trendy, vegan loafers (and loafers in general) are a must-have for every minimalist right now. Simply because they don’t just look great, but also get into the mix easy, fast, and comfortable with every outfit of yours. They are colorful, vibrant, playful, and give a taste of what’s next for sustainable fashion. Less shoe and more you! I don’t know if this is the most appropriate way to prove my point, but – Kendall Jenner may not know how exactly to cut a cucumber, but she knows how to wear a true minimalist shoe and that she needs to wear it. Clicking ‘add to cart’ as we speak.
5. ABLE Wilma Boot
A Chelsea ankle boot? With a rounded toe? Designed with cushioned memory foam? Weatherproof AND turning water resistance into a dream come true? Hell, yeah! These are the minimalist shoes for everyday. However, it’s not for those who prefer less cushioning. Able’s Wilma Boot is a highly functional piece you’ll want to own the second you see it online. Delivering that super soft feminine edge you want once winter rolls around, it’s also a pair to level up your minimalist total look. The brand is all about #stressfreeshopping, so I guess that equals #goodvibesonly, at least when it comes to building the ultimate capsule wardrobe.
6. ROTHY’S The Point
Spring for a neutral shade or go deep with daring prints – the choice is yours. Either way, you’ll get your point across. You can be both minimalist and an avid fashion lover. This sleek pointed-toe flat (no wide-toe boxes here) from ROTHY’s provides exceptional comfort with its versatile style. It’s knit from plastic bottles, and it’s a super soft and comfortable lightweight shoe. Sure, we are not talking about a pair Zendaya would wear to the Oscars, but it’s one Khloe Kardashian would rock. In case, you are still keeping up with her.
7. Reformation Wendi Satin Mule
Kinda simple? Maybe. Absolutely fancy? Definitely. Reformation’s Wendi Satin Mule is an IRL example of grown-up shoes you’ll want to wear to graduations, weddings, birthdays, office parties, or that first Christmas dinner at your soulmate’s. Available in classic black and white, and also in bright (think Valentino bright) pink, they are far away from low price points, but worth it! Jump at the opportunity when there’s a special offer. No need for extra unnecessary words. Just pure love. A lot of it. 10 out of 10 on the rating scale.
8. Everlane The ReLeather Tennis Shoes
Let me introduce you to my go-to everyday sneakers. I literally wear them ALL THE TIME, season after season. Made of recycled leather, I tend to consider this Everlane piece a vegan-friendly alternative to the classy white trainers. The classic lace-up design, the versatile low-ankle height, and the contrast rubber are a few of the reasons to opt for the following definition of minimalist shoes. Sweatshirts, sweatpants, jumpers, dresses, suits – match them with whatever you want. It’s gonna look marvelous!
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9. Alohas Black Vegan Leather Sandals
Alohas’ Black Vegan Leather Sandals are on my shopping list for summer 2023. I feel like you should add them to yours too. Wouldn’t it be nice to be style twins? (Cheesy, but still true.) The platform is sassy, the color is classy, and the overall vibe is boss babe. Oh, you also don’t have to choose between your style and the well-being of our planet. These are 100% vegan and made of synthetic leather, making them healthy shoes – by ‘healthy’, I mean for the Earth.
10. Reformation Gigi Strappy Mid Heel Sandal
2022 kissed traditional shoes goodbye and now is all about glitzy, glamorous, statement-making styles. Saying that it’s no surprise that I’ve saved the best for last. Especially when by ‘best’ I mean the hottest and sassiest. Say ‘hello’ to the Gigi Strappy Mid Heel Sandal from Reformation. The perfect minimalist dress shoes! The asymmetrical trend has never shined brighter, and will also do the “work, work, work, work” when you start planning your next outfit.
So many to pick from! It’s hard to narrow down, right? Online shopping is recommended, so you don’t end up weight-lifting your way down the high street with all your shopping bags, although you should still support small businesses. Keep in mind that you can check out my IG handle @savinaofficial for extra inspo. Come and say ‘hi’ and share which pairs of these minimalist shoes for women you went for. I love meeting you all and seeing your style!
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