Hardworking shoes are the backbone of a modern wardrobe. Sneakers have gone from trend to timeless. Loafers are well-loved. And ballet flats are back in a big way.

But sometimes the occasion calls for more fancy footwork. Luckily, the statement shoe is making its presence known this season. Style with jeans or kick things up a notch with an LBD – these pairs don’t need much help to steal the spotlight.

Camilla and Marc Rhys pump

$750 Camilla & Marc Rhys pump Camilla and Marc combines the red trend with the wrong-shoe theory and it’s working. The Adara pump in black is another avant-garde option this season if you’re not feeling fiery.

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Christopher Esber Minette Veil heel

$1395 Christopher Esber Minette Veil heel Christopher Esber crafts the ultimate Cinderella shoe. There’s also a flat version – and a heel shaped like a banana peel, if you fancy.

Paris Georgia Dune wedge

$890 Paris Georgia Dune Wedge The wedge is back if Paris Georgia has anything to say about it. This ox-blood patent leather iteration is also scratching our turn-of-the-millennium style itch.

St Agni Python high boot

$799 St Agni Python high boot Knee-high and snakeskin: a statement-making shoe if we’ve ever seen one. You could also opt for the mule.

Essen The Mary Jane

$379 Essen The Mary Jane Level up your Mary Jane obsession and go for a metallic moment this season. Flats can still be fun, after all.

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