This Detail on Shoes and Bags Always Makes Them Look More Expensive

The fashion industry is full of design hacks that will instantly elevate any item. Designers often tap into these minor yet highly effective design elements to enhance the look of a seemingly mundane fashion piece. From croc-embossed fabrics to leather trims on canvas, there are a plethora of design details that will transform any wardrobe staple into a luxurious number. And we’re letting you in on one of our favorite design trends in the accessory world: topstitching. 

A sewing technique where the line of stitching is purposefully designed to be seen from the outside of the product, topstitching is common on ready-to-wear pieces, shoes, and handbags. An extremely subtle design detail, topstitching will make any shoe or bag look more expensive—no matter the price—without being too obvious. Whether it’s a monochromatic look of black topstitching against a black fabrication or a contrasting look of white topstitching against a darker surface, topstitching is a technique that can be both functional and decorative. Keep scrolling to discover the best shoes and handbags with the new trend of topstitching that we are absolutely loving. 

The perfect example of a contrasting topstitch done flawlessly. 

Practically perfect in every way. 

Proenza has proven that contrasting, double-stitch topstiching does indeed work. 

When $39 looks like $500. 

Pretty in pink. 

That black and white contrast is perfection.

This has been in my shopping cart since the day it was released. 

The subtle mid-seam of this boot with topstitching is *chef’s kiss.*

A topstitch wallet with a topstitched handbag because why not? 

This topstitching completely defines the silhouette of the shoe. 

The tote of my dreams.

Oversized topstitching instantly elevates this boot. 

Never have I wanted a boot more. 

Yes, topstitching looks good on suede, too. 

By Far is one of the ringleaders of the topstitching trend. 

I have no words for this bag other than precious. 

The shape, the color, the hardware detailing, the white topstitching—everything about this bag is a yes for me. 

Rylan is one of our favorite emerging handbag designers based in Australia.

I’m getting ’90s energy.

The topstitch livens up this otherwise understated bag.

This bag is small in size and big in style.

Known for its iconic top stitching, Dr. Martens knows exactly how to elevate a basic boot. 

Staud is known for loving a topstitch.

This may be bold, but white boots are my favorite boot to topstitch.  . Up next, discover which winter shoe trends look the chicest with leggings and jeans.