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As we all become more aware of the inequities of fast fashion, the idea of investing in higher quality, timeless design becomes even more appealing. By supporting the labels that put more time, effort, and thought into their products, we not only benefit our own wardrobes with better-looking pieces, we also do our bit to combat fashion’s ongoing problem with waste.

In 2020 we buy and throw away more clothing than ever, making fashion one of the most polluting industries in the world. This goes for our footwear, too. So, it’s important to buy shoes that won’t go out of style within the season and are made using premium materials.

However, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Investing in products is a big decision, which is why we’ve hit the net to round up some surefire investment footwear. From Gucci’s iconic Jordaan Horsebit Loafers to statement styles like Margiela’s Tabi Boots, we back these selections to stay in style for this year and well beyond, as well as not breaking on you when you put them through their paces.

Browse the footwear that you’ll be loving for a lifetime below.

Prada Spazzolato Fume Leather Dress Shoes

Spazzolato Fume Leather Dress Shoes

$690

Prada

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Recently watched The Sopranos? Goodfellas? The Godfather? It’s hard to not be inspired by the loafers, tailored trousers, and open-collared ensembles worn by those icons, so replicate the look with this pair of luxury Prada loafers.

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Slide Sandals

Intrecciato Leather Slide Sandals

$1150

Bottega Veneta

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Employing Bottega Veneta’s famous Intrecciato leather weave technique, this pair of slide sandals shows that luxury never sleeps. Sport this pair as proudly when you’re homebound as when you’re out and about.

Bally Wendil

Wendil

$375

Bally

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Bally’s history as a fashion house goes back a long way, and we can see the experience shining in this pair of luxury leather loafers. A slightly pointed toe offers a subtly formal feel but don’t shy away from using this to elevate off-duty fits, too.

Givenchy Leather Combat Derby Shoes

Leather Combat Derby Shoes

from $597

Givenchy

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(Available at 2 Merchants)

Halfway between futuristic and classic, Givenchy presents the Combat Derby Shoe. The timeless derby shoe is updated with an upper cut from premium-quality leather, which sits atop a statement, chunky combat sole.

Gucci Jordaan Leather Loafers

Jordaan Leather Loafers

Jordaan Leather Loafers

$730

Gucci

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In the arena of timeless style, the Gucci Horsebit Loafer looms large. This silhouette remains fundamentally unchanged since its inception in 1953. To remain at the forefront of style for almost 70 years is quite an accolade, but one that’s well deserved.

COMME des GARÇONS Homme Plus HP Safety Toe Tag Leather Boots

HP Safety Toe Tag Leather Boots

HP Safety Toe Tag Leather Boots

from $980

COMME des GARÇONS Homme Plus

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COMME des GARÇONS works its magic on a pair of retro-style military boots. Two leather tags lead down to the toe box, cover the laces, and extend the paneled uppers.

Saint Laurent Wyatt Leather Chelsea Boots

Wyatt Leather Chelsea Boots

Wyatt Leather Chelsea Boots

$895

Saint Laurent

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Saint Laurent’s sharp, leather-fuelled aesthetic is epitomized by the sleek Wyatt Boot. Inject a heavy dose of rockstar appeal into your rotation with this timeless leather boot.

Thom Browne Classic Longwing Brogues

Classic Longwing Brogues

from $690

Thom Browne

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New York’s favorite tailor, Thom Browne, makes great use of a textured full-grain leather to give this pair of wingtip brogues a unique twist. Complete with the label’s signature tricolor stripe motif, this is sophistication embodied.

Maison Margiela Tabi Leather Ankle Boots

Tabi Leather Ankle Boots

from $1190

Maison Margiela

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Positioned slightly further out of the box than our previous selections, the Margiela Tabi Boot is no less an icon. This statement pair is typified by the Japanese-style split toe which is sure to garner attention.

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  • Curated by: Yulia Pankova
Words by Alek Rose