New season, new shoes
Clear some space on the shoe rack - I've rounded up my Top 15 footwear favourites for autumn, from elegant ankle boots to the super-cool sneakers.
Anyone else struggling to squeeze their trotters back into proper shoes after three months slobbing around in flip flops? Is it actually possible for one’s feet to get fat over the summer?! Either way, I will of course persevere because there are all manner of deliciously tantalising new season pairs in the shops at the mo (and, um, my feet are a bit cold in Birkenstocks now the temperature is dipping). And quite frankly after the usual stressy, last-minute dash to kit out my brood in school shoes, football boots, wellies, trainers etc etc, I fancy a shoe splurge on moi for a change. So, wanna see what’s on my autumn wishlist? Credit cards at the ready!
It’s difficult to know how to play it during this end of summer/ beginning of autumn period when it’s balmy one minute and freezing the next. Instead of immediately reaching the UGGs (ugh indeed), try something with a closed-toe but that doesn’t require socks. Bonus – you don’t need to bother with painted toenails any more.
Mint Velvet are always brilliant for shoes. I love these sexy little leopard-print flats (£89), not least because the stud detailing reminds me of a very expensive designer pair that shall rename nameless.
Bows are everywhere this season. Dip a toe in to the trend (geddit?) with these bright, bold, bargainous mustard Zara mules (£29.99).
More mules! (They are also A Thing). These white ones from Mango still feel vaguely summery but will work with jeans, culottes and midi-dresses right through until tights weather.
Run, Muddy, run!
Ten years ago, trainers were reserved for the gym but these days they are a bonafide option for daywear, the office, the school run and beyond, with a million different designs and price points out there. Don’t think they only work with jeans or joggers – the right pair can give a skirt or dress a pleasingly cool edge.
You can’t go wrong with a white trainer – it’s a modern classic, alongside the trench-coat and LBD. These Boden beauties (£75) have sweet gold doodle cute are these?
They are admittedly heart-stoppingly pricey at £330 but then they are designed by the ever brilliant Paul Smith. Owning them would make me a very happy bunny indeed.
Alarming news: the “ugly” trainer is now a fixture in high fashion circles. We have Balenciaga to thank for that. Curious? These clompers from Zara (£49.99) are a cheap-ish way to play with this new shoe silhouette.
Forget mists and mellow fruitfulness, everyone knows the actual best thing about autumn is buying shiny new ankle boots. Wear with bare legs for a couple of months, and then switch to tights.
Russell & Bromley‘s prices are wincingly spendy for the high street – these are £295 – but the designs are beautiful and built to last. These have a Western vibe (you’ll see a lot of cowboy boots around this season), are elegant enough to wear with skirts as well as trousers and are flat enough to run around in all day.
Bargain time! These Next orange suede kitten-heel boots also come in five other colourways and prints and only cost £39. Next is having something of a renaissance by the way – do take a look.
Yes, yes, I do already have 5,000 pairs of black boots but I’m willing to make space for these hush ones (£159). I love the elegant shoe-boot style and the unusual suede and leather combo.
And now for something completely different…
You want quirkiness and curveballs? To smile every time you catch sight of your feet this autumn? You got it!
Red is a key colour this season and these va-va-voom scarlet mules from H&M (£49.99) caught my eye. There’s something very sexy about them, no? And they’ll jazz up all the navy, black and grey already in your wardrobe.
These Rogue Matilda gold brogues (£175) will make even your most boring jeans look cool. And the under-the-radar designer means you’re unlikely to bump into anyone else wearing the same pair. They’re from YoungBritishDesigners.com, a Mecca of hotshot, not-as-expensive-as-you’d-think, quirky Brit labels.
Can’t decide on classic black or animal-print boots? Go for both with these from Other Stories (£129). They’ll definitely be a talking point at your autumn soirées.
Bye bye family BBQs, hello proper, slinky, dressed-up, grown-up parties! If your diary is filling up with Saturday nights out, you’ll be needing some new shoes, won’t you?
How much leopard-print is too much? Answer: There’s no such thing as too much leopard. M&S shoes get better every season – I like these for the pared-d0wn print, the chic slick of gold inside the heel and the £69 price tag.
Excitingly Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoe line is now available on these shores. Live out your Carrie Bradshaw fantasies with these SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker black stilettos (£300) at John Lewis. Yep, they’re expensive but they’re a classic style.
Metallic shoes go with everything and are proven to make your night out 85 percent more sparkling (possibly). Head to Topshop for these silver slingback stilettos (£46).
Now pop your phone, Compeed (hey, you gotta wear those shoes in) and lippy (the beady Muddy eye is on Chanel’s Rouge Allure range, just saying!) into that trendy itty bitty bag you’re rocking this season, and step out, sister.