• Cool climb
    Cool climb
    Thank you Adidas for making functional, comfortable, waterproof walking shoes, in cool-looking black and grey with not a hint of pink.
  • Strong paws
    Strong paws
    A more interesting upper design than standard go faster stripes: Jack Wolfskin's signature paw logo enhances these 4 shades of grey hikers.
  • Street sleek
    Street sleek
    These sleek black Haglofs shoes are intended for speed-hiking. They offer functionality for trail walking, but won't look out of place on the street.
  • Compact calm
    Compact calm
    In grey suede and mesh, this good-looking low-profile style from Columbia will squash into your luggage more easily than bulkier options.
  • Dry & determined
    Dry & determined
    Salomon are true experts in this type of footwear. This hi-spec black and grey style has a full Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet dry while looking good.
  • Vertical value
    Vertical value
    A good-looking budget option from the Mountain Warehouse own brand. These have a waterproof lining, and come in wearable navy with grey.
  • Chic curves
    Chic curves
    Merrell is another trusted brand for walking footwear. This waterproof style boasts curvaceous lines, a subtle colourway, and a memory-foam footbed.


I love to go walking in the great outdoors, particularly when I’m on holiday. I’m not an adrenaline junkie, but know that sometimes the best views come at the end of an uphill walk.

Trip after trip, I find that my trendy trainers are not really up to the job. I once swam through a cave in Thailand in white leather Cos trainers. They dried out around a week later, and eventually lost the odour of bog.

The reason why I’ve never bought any fit-for-purpose walking shoes, is that I just haven’t found any I like enough. Brands have a nasty habit of taking a men’s style and saying “let’s shrink it and pink it”. I’m serious, it’s a phrase I’ve heard used. The result is usually a fairly bulky-looking black or grey shoe with a hideous flash of purple, pink or another supposedly “girly” colour.

If you’re anything like me, I imagine you aren’t happy to completely compromise your style to avoid falling off a cliff. Click through the slide-show to discover good-looking walking shoes so you can stay upright, alive and stylish whilst having adventures.

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  • Delicate brogue
    Delicate brogue
    An easy bronze and white lace-up adorned with pretty ribbon laces and butterfly piece. Display with tights and a skirt or narrow turned-up trousers.
  • Cosy flatform
    Cosy flatform
    These sheepskin and leather boots will work hard for you year after year. The comfort of the flatform sole is well-matched with the ease of a pull-on boot.
  • Elevated doll
    Elevated doll
    Thick ankle straps can look very cute, especially with a simple platform. Channel Japanese street-style with these luxurious leather beauties.
  • Sneak up
    Sneak up
    All white trainers are having a real trend moment. F-Troupe's version is durable, and made in soft leather with a comfortable leather lining.
  • Blue Christmas
    Blue Christmas
    There's nothing like a blue patent party shoe with velvet detailing to give instant festive cool. Be the rebel not wearing red or gold glitter.
  • Warm walk
    Warm walk
    Can you imagine ever wanting to take these cosy boots off? As comfortable as slippers, with a durable slightly elevated sole. Your go-to non-black boots.
  • Snow white
    Snow white
    The monk strap fastening and chisel-shaped toe update the classic brogue look for this season. Winter white freshens the look still further.
  • Laced up
    Laced up
    With a nod to Victoriana, these Oxford boots smartly blend the masculine and feminine. Back zips help you put them on in a hurry.
  • '80s animal
    '80s animal
    There's something very pleasing about the intricately pieced together lion faces and tassel tail of these tan suede pumps. Dear Father Christmas...
  • Hike about
    Hike about
    Have fun avoiding traditional black and brown by rocking this season's hiking trend in an unexpected purple colour. I love the two colour double laces.


Whenever I’m in Soho, London, I like to check out the F-Troupe shop on Ganton Street.

This London brand never fails to impress me with their well-made leather footwear with hints of cuteness and a sense of humour.

For those with daintier feet, you’ll be happy to know that F-Troupe‘s footwear runs from UK size 2-8 (Eur 35-41). All styles are also leather lined.

Check out the slide show, and let me know which fabulous F-Troupe style tickles your fancy in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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  • Desert zebra
    Desert zebra
    For an easy boyish style perfectly complimented by slim-legged black trousers, look no further than these Opening Ceremony chukka boots.
  • Splatter loafer
    Splatter loafer
    Repetto don't just make excellent ballet flats, but also effortless loafers. Smart, with a fashion look from the high-shine paint splatter leather.
  • Snow leopard
    Snow leopard
    The low block heel ankle boot is this season's most important silhouette. Senso provide a sleek version in luxurious printed hair-on leather.
  • Pointed reptile
    Pointed reptile
    Ever seen a furry snake? Now you have. Senso have created these unusual pointed flats with wrap ankle straps, which are great with tailored skirts.
  • Glittery tweed
    Glittery tweed
    Chelsea boots are perfect for pulling on and off quickly. These Beau Coops points are unusually treated with tweed elastic and a glittery silver welt.
  • Scholastic fantastic
    Scholastic fantastic
    With a nod to '90s school shoes, Beau Coops give us loafers for grown-ups. Details include scalloping, that glitter welt, and a pointed toe.


I love popping into Poste Mistress on Monmouth Street, London. This delightful boutique always stocks a great mix of highly wearable styles from unusual smaller shoe brands.

When I visited recently, there seemed to be a bit of a theme in the Autumn/Winter selection. This season’s focus is on black and white. This colourway is a great way to avoid all-black looks, without introducing garish colour into your shoedrobe.


Have a click through the slide show, and tell me your favourite style in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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My friend alerted me to this Wired feature, about how collectible sneakers kept for many years, can disintegrate. Can you imagine spending all of your spare cash collecting something which then falls apart on first wear?

My advice to you is not to buy shoes to squirrel away. Buy them to wear and love now. Here are five reasons why:

1. They might fall apart.

The Wired article explores in great detail the horrible things that can happen to trainers. This is equally true of many other types of footwear. Most ladies shoes are held together with glue, and many soles incorporate some PU elements. These materials are both susceptible to what I call shoe-rot.

Boots kept for 12 years and then worn again

2. Even if the glue somehow holds together, it might turn yellow with age.

This is particularly obvious on fabric in light colours, and can ruin the look. The likelihood is that with a few wears, any yellowed glue will also lose its adhesive strength.

Yellow tide mark of glue just above the sole

3. Trends never come back in the same way.

I have seen several distinctive shoe fads come back around again. Each time a trend comes back, it is altered somewhat, to fit into the current era. It could be anything from details such as hardware or studs, to the toe shape, heel height, colour, or texture which updates a retro look.

80s night

4. Your feet might change.

If your feet spread when you get pregnant or with age, you may find that your shoe size changes, or you need to start wearing wider shoes. If you have invested a lot of money into acquiring many pairs of beautiful shoes which fit your feet perfectly, it would come as an unpleasant surprise if you couldn’t wear your collection any more.

30 weeks pregnant

5. Your style will evolve.

No matter how sure of our style we are at any particular stage in life, our personal development and changing roles can alter the way we want to dress, or choose to be perceived. Don’t let your old shoes hold you back from your own evolution.


Are you a shoe collector, or do you have frequent clear-outs? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

For inspiration on achieving a minimalist lifestyle, I love Want Less blog.

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Have you worn out those 3 year old shoe favourites by kicking your way through the beautiful fallen leaves?

If you’re looking for something a little more special than the vast selection of black, brown and wine-coloured footwear in the shops at the moment, try a little bronze.


These double-fringed Office lace-ups offer more detail than the average Gibson, whilst still remaining sophisticated. The metallic bronze option will take you from work to party throughout the colder months.

The leather linings will keep your feet comfortable, and your shoes smelling pleasant.

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If you’ve recently looked for Duo Boots: purveyors of multi width boots and shoes, you’ll notice that this brand has gone through a metamorphosis.

Now named Ted & Muffy – Fairytale Fitters, this Bath-based company deserve their name, as they still offer boots in many different calf fittings, and shoes in 3 widths.

The Covent Garden shop has had a beautiful refit, complete with adorable squirrel door-knockers. The window display is modern, but certainly reflects the fairytale feel.


Styling of the footwear remains fairly similar to the Duo offering, but quality is improved, and prices have increased accordingly.

The brand still provides us with really wearable shoes and boots which fit properly. I like how they play with colour in their Autumn/Winter collection. Check out these fabulous red suede Chelsea boots:

The details range from feminine frills to classic mannish broguing.

Texture is also important, as demonstrated by these simple gibsons in glamorous pewter croc-print leather:

A classic black military-style ankle boot is updated with a pointed toe, metal heel plate, and easy zip fastening.


Check out Ted & Muffy’s new website, to discover more of what this intriguing new identity has to offer.

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Swedish brand & Other Stories never fails to offer modern on-trend footwear, that’s completely wearable. The designers know how to add just the right amount of quirk, without descending into outright weirdness.

I’ve been a long-time advocate of grey as a modern neutral which can lift any black-based outfit, or complement most other hues. Dive into this shade in high-shine liquid-look patent.

With low and mid-height block heels making a massive impact in the fashion world this season, this style gives you comfort and an easy-to-wear trend. Leather uppers, linings and soles ensure your feet stay comfortable all day.

Chisel-shaped toes like these are making a tentative comeback, which is set to develop into a big trend in coming seasons. These boots will ensure you’re way ahead of the pack.

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  • Casual creature
    Casual creature
    These navy ponyskin sneakers from Fendi sport a scary monster face which is too fearsome too hide. Check out those wicked yellow eyes.
  • Two faced
    Two faced
    For a more elegant, elevated take on this trend, Charlotte Olympia designed these dainty suede sling-backs with stylised faces.
  • Top and tail
    Top and tail
    With only a nod to the animal about them, these Mini Cream flatforms incorporate wearable graphic prints, accompanied by removable pom-poms.
  • Pug me
    Pug me
    If you don't care to be seen wearing character footwear outdoors, you can indulge your softer side at home in these M&S pug slippers. Beware of cats!
  • Saucy wink
    Saucy wink
    Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad blog designed these luxurious glittery flats. Flirt at the office Christmas party in these expressive slip-ons.
  • Subtle spots
    Subtle spots
    Isabel Marant designs highly wearable footwear. Get comfy in these dalmatian-print ponyskin moccasin loafers.
  • Pet pesterer
    Pet pesterer
    Perfect for flat-dwellers (don't try running downstairs in these!), New Look offer blue monster slippers this season. A great gift for a kooky sister.

Ever since Marc by Marc Jacobs launched their mouse shoes, designers have been playing with shoe designs which have more character than you’d normally expect.

From the popularity of leopard print, to the trend for faces on footwear, many shoes now appear to have a character all of their own.

As Halloween is fast approaching, I thought it only right to celebrate footwear which looks as though it might walk off on its own.

Have a click through the slideshow, and let me know which pair you’d dare to wear!

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Chelsea boots have been creeping back into our wardrobes for the past few years. It’s no wonder, as they give a sleek look without the hassle of laces or straps. It seems that I’m not the only woman who is happy to pick the easy option, for those days when we’re running late and have five seconds to get ourselves out of the door.

Topshop are struggling to keep their mod-style block-heeled Chelsea in stock. I spotted the silver version in the Oxford Circus flagship a couple of days ago.

I like the thought of having a winter party option which won’t allow your toes to be frozen, or the balls of your feet to throb with pain.

At 2½ inches, the heel gives a lift without discomfort.


The squared toe is also making a comeback. It’s just an emerging trend right now, so invest this season, and this toe shape will definitely see you though a good few years.

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On the hunt for the perfect loafer for the Autumnal drizzle, I came across a fantastic style from British brand Boden.

For a smart menswear-based look, feminised with a low front and high heel, you can’t beat this elegant style.

Black is great for a formal workplace, and the other colourways give a fashion-forward look.

The 7cm/2¾” block heel gives you extra height without discomfort.

Customer reviews of this style are glowing: “They’re so comfortable and I have worn them for three days now without pain” and “I adore these shoes!” are two of my favourite comments.

The polka dot print on the leather linings is delightful.

This style is available in half sizes, but they’re reduced in price, so hurry to get your size before someone else does!

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