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7 cool shoe brands every fashion girl needs to know

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7 cool shoe brands every fashion girl needs to know

LOQ

Launched in 2015 by friends Keren Longkumer and Valerie Quant, this LA-based brand is rooted in minimalism. Standout pairs include a black ankle boot with a genius front zip detail and a knotted sandal with a ’90s chunky heel. Simply put, these shoes are just plain cool. PS: Scroll through their Tumblr for an endless stream of aesthetic catnip.   Check them out here.   READ MORE: These denim jackets will make the one you own seem boring

By: Liz Guber Source: Instagram.com/loq Credits: ELLE Canada

7 cool shoe brands every fashion girl needs to know

RAFA

The mandate of this made-in-LA brand is to transcend trends. To that end they’ve created the Simple Sandal, which lives up to the name with its minimal straps and practical block heel. The best part? The shoes are crafted from vegan, sustainable materials.   Check them out here.   READ MORE: Your complete spring accessory shopping list

By: Liz Guber Source: lisasaysgah.com Credits: ELLE Canada

7 cool shoe brands every fashion girl needs to know

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With roots in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, this line created by Ty McBride is meant to complement the wearer’s personal style (hence the “blank” in the name). You’ll find an eclectic range of shoes, from staple block heel slides to tinsel-covered party shoes. Our pick? A denim “cowboy mule” with lace-up detailing.   Check them out here.   READ MORE: 12 of our favourite pairs of platform sandals

By: Liz Guber Source: Instagram.com/iamintentionallyblank Credits: ELLE Canada

7 cool shoe brands every fashion girl needs to know

Maryam Nassir Zadeh

When designer and retailer Maryam Nassir Zadeh expanded her eponymous range to include footwear, she helped usher in the comeback of ’90s shoe silhouettes. Her “Penelope” slide – a suede, open-toed shoe done in a variety of hues – is consistently sold out and has been widely imitated. The fall 2016 range of ankle boots in a range of styles (lace-up, two-tone and muted gold) is so good that it almost makes us want to skip sandal season.   Check them out here.   READ MORE: We're falling for these dangly earrings

By: Liz Guber Source: Maryam Nassir Zadeh Credits: ELLE Canada

7 cool shoe brands every fashion girl needs to know

Mari Giudicelli

Model Mari Giudicelli had a leg up on shoe making – she’s modelled for Mansur Gavriel and Maryam Nassir Zadeh. The experience of working with two of the coolest kids in the shoe design game along with an education at FIT propelled her to launch her eponymous line. Produced by artisans in her native Brazil, Giudicelli’s first lineup includes an ankle boot, a lizard leather mule and a particularly amusing furry loafer.   Check them out here.   READ MORE: It's time to trade in your canvas tote for one of these cool carryalls

By: Liz Guber Source: Instagram.com/mari_giudicelli Credits: ELLE Canada

7 cool shoe brands every fashion girl needs to know

Dorateymur

There’s a nostalgic feeling to London-based designer Dora Teymur’s patent loafers, mules and ankle boots. The square toe and oversized detailing give these shoes a distinctly ’70s vibe, but the colours (like bubble-gum pink and sky blue) are undeniably modern.   Check them out here and here.   READ MORE: We're obsessed with this summer outfit combo

By: Liz Guber Source: Instagram.com/dorateymur Credits: ELLE Canada

7 cool shoe brands every fashion girl needs to know

The Palatines

Designed by Jessica Taft Langdon, whose portfolio includes stints at Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler, The Palatines is another shoe brand based in Los Angeles. One of the brand's greatest hits is a minimal leather slide with a hidden thong to keep the shoe from shifting off the foot.   Check them out here.   READ MORE: The coolest brands coming out of Toronto

By: Liz Guber Source: Instagram.com/ Credits: ELLE Canada
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