Ever powerless to resist the magnetic pull of a shoe-shop, I popped into the Fleet Street branch of Jones Bootmaker.
In my constant quest to promote comfortable and beautiful shoes, I was impressed by their Twenty Four Seven range. The sales assistant told me that the styles in this range have memory foam in the insock for extra comfort. They certainly felt nicely cushioned.
An easy cotton 4-pack of S.Oliver socks, for great absorption.
A Nylon 2-pack from Elle, for when you want conceal something tempting under your shoes.
Sock Snob have recognised the need for invisible socks for all skin tones. This Nylon 3-pack is a bargain.
If nude is too dull and you want something cuter, you need this Teddy T's cotton mix 3-pack.
This Nylon 2-pack from ASOS is light-toned and transparent, for ultimate invisibility.
It’s not sexy to talk about, but shoes sometimes smell.
The bare-foot look can be really flattering when you’re wearing loafers, ballet pumps, and your beloved lace-ups. Unfortunately, the odour-producing bacteria from your foot perspiration can easily transfer to the linings of your favourite pair, and linger.
My top tip for avoiding this, is to wear footsies, footies, invisible socks, shoe-liners… (they go by many names).
Pick one of my selection of low-cut options from the slide-show, and no-one will know your secret.
Grey is THE new neutral. These boots are sleek, with a wearable height of wedge (10cm). Zip on, and dash out of the door.
The quirky gibson
For those of us who don't want to lose the sheer comfort that flats offer, these stand-out lace-ups are the answer. Feminised with an asymmetric embroidered toe-cap, contrast piping and laces.
The vampy wedge
In a rich pinky red "marsala" hue, these pointed courts are powerful and sexy. The embroidered wedge gives a finely crafted look.
The calf boot
Ahhh that grey, that grey! Delicious with skinny jeans, and a top in the red or green of the heel embroidery.
I like to think that women in the Western world get on and make things happen, rather than hanging around longing for things. Alright, I’ll admit we all have dreams and desires.
Bringing the emotion back into footwear by creating beautiful, wearable, comfortable styles is Iutta.
The Romanian accessories brand rather romantically “echoes feelings of longing”, by using traditional folkloric embroidery patterns. These intricate motifs reflect the diversity of the many regions of that country.
The leathers used are rich and soft, and all styles feature leather linings: a must for all-day comfort.
If you want to subtly tell a story with your shoe choice, look no further.
How gorgeous are these bejewelled block-heeled Miu miu sandals? In navy and white patent, they're just the right amount of dressed-up. Wedding outfit = sorted.
The new chelsea
Confession: I've been wearing Chelsea boots all winter because they've made me too lazy to tie laces. This cute Clarks Narrative version sits lower on the ankle, so is great for the warmer months .
The model collab
Laura Bailey was inspired by the Amalfi coast in Italy for her stunning collaboration with (Duchess of Cambridge's favourite) L.K. Bennett. The zig-zag stripes come from vintage swimsuits.
The summer gibson
Ahhh Cos: many women's go-to Scandi-style clothing boutique. They keep it simple with their shoe selection, like these dark grey lace-ups with their sporty sole. Boyfriend chic lives on!
The reptile clog
The three wearable colours are all available in embossed snake leather, with a braided strap. As if the platform wedge wasn't comfortable enough, UGG Australia have also added padding and arch support to the insock.
The snub-toe flat
You can trust Hobbs to provide a really easy-to-wear pump in an array of summery hues. The rubber sole is practical, and the squared-off toe modernises the look.
The graphic wedge
It's all in the detail with these asymmetric Reiss wedges: from subtly striped leather, to the wooden wedge with metal detail. They're on trend now, and will look fresh for many summers to come.
The oxford point
What do you wear when you've loved your round-toed brogues to death? Pointed Oxfords of course! Look fresh at work or play in the black or nude Dune version.
The snake cross-strap
Dune Black is the retailer's premium collection, and it shows in these chic all leather snake-embossed flats. The "made in Italy" mark can pretty much guarantee you that these are nicely made.
The suede sling
Producer of updated classics, L.K. Bennett have introduced flashy orange and pink suede options to this easy 2.5" heel slingback. Tip: alternate point and round-toe wearing days to avoid bunions.
The trend colour sandal
There is something so pretty about this colour combination. The grey and white keep the pink from looking too girly and kitsch. Dune have stopped these sandals from looking overly casual, with metallic detailing.
The suede mini-wedge
The almond shape beautifully complements the toe detailing on these elegant Jimmy Choo flats. Pick the yellow suede option to grab the right kind of attention. I love the sole detail too.
I scoured the shops (it’s a hard job, but someone has to do it), to bring you the best of the new season shoes, boots and sandals.
The world of footwear has become increasingly creative in recent history. In the context of so much choice, embellishment and colour, workaday footwear can fall rather flat.
I have high expectations every fashion week season, and hope to be wowed by new styles on the models’ hard-working feet. Whilst Karl Lagerfeld’s Autumn/Winter 2015 Chanel collection brought us colourful maxi-length knitted outfits, and unexpected skirt on trouser layering, footwear took a back seat.
The one style which featured on all of the female models was this very simple sling-back.
Whilst the nude with black toe-cap motif is a familiar one to lovers of Chanel, this simple silhouette fails to bring innovation to the fashion house. If Lagerfeld’s aim was to avoid distracting attention from the apparel, he has achieved this, but where’s the fun in that?
Is it too much to ask why there is no new version of those multi-coloured boots from the Spring/Summer 2015 collection?
Perhaps I have a form of footwear ADHD. Plain old shoe styles may fail to keep my attention, but when they are made from beautiful materials, or with exquisite details, even the simplest styles can grab me.