SQUARE BUT COOL

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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SENTIENT SLIP-ONS

  • 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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GO ANYWHERE BOOT

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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ELEGANT LOAFING

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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YOUR OWN PERSONAL SHOE GURU

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You can WIN two hours of one-to-one guidance from Susannah Davda of The Shoe Consultant, in the London department store of your choice.

Just think of the ways you could use this session:

  • Find the perfect court shoe for your feet
  • Seek out footwear for a special event
  • Receive expert hands-on help for any shoe dilemma

 

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NO PAIN RAIN

  • Pretty dry
    Pretty dry
    Bring a dash of femininity to your rainy day outfits with these pretty pastel pink Chelsea wellies from ASOS.
  • Rock it
    Rock it
    Barbour bring classic motorbike styling to these rubber boots with straps and quilting. Rock these with skinny jeans for an overly stylish dog walk.
  • Lift it
    Lift it
    I love the way that Hunter play with their classic style. First lots of different colours and prints, then shorter styles, and now the ultimate platform wedge.
  • Reptile chic
    Reptile chic
    Known for their pretty floral printed Wellington boots, Joules also produce more fashion-forward styles like these snakeskin-effect boots.
  • Water sports
    Water sports
    For a sportier look with plenty of impact, Lemon Jelly have made these daring blue Chelsea boots, with their striped elastic. Have fun in the rain.
  • High water
    High water
    Elevate yourself out of the puddles with these taupe platform Chelsea boots, from super-stylish rubber shoe brand Melissa.
  • Hidden sweetness
    Hidden sweetness
    At a glance, these Wynsors ankle boots are utilitarian: close-up, they're covered with cute metallic hearts. Play in a subtle way this Autumn.
  • Sleek n' dry
    Sleek n' dry
    Swims have ensured their boot's design lines are just as sleek as on any trainer. Opt for this rich raspberry shade to complement Autumn attire.

 

When rain threatens to ruin your plans, beat it at its own game by striding out in some fabulous boots.

If you don’t feel ready to encase your legs in knee-high rubber, scroll through my pick of the best shorter styles on the market.

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MY WEDDING SHOES

When my beloved and I got engaged in 2013, my priorities for wedding planning went in this order:

  1. Date and venue
  2. Shoes
  3. Dress
  4. Photographer
  5. Other stuff

As you would expect from someone who has made shoes her life’s work, I became obsessed with trying to find the perfect stand-out shoes.

To reflect our combined British and Indian heritage, we decided that our wedding colours would be red and gold. I therefore set out on my mission to find gold shoes in a very warm yellow shade to match the Indian jewellery I would wear.

My other requirement was a 2-3 inch heel to ensure I didn’t look too dwarfish next to my 6 foot bridesmaid, and could wear the shoes all day and night.

I scoured the high street, independents, the internet, and designer shops, and found nothing suitable.

A few months later, as I was devouring my latest copy of Elle magazine, I spied these:

Although they weren’t completely gold, they were irresistibly beautiful and matched the colour theme perfectly, as well as counting as my “something blue”. So began my stalking of Dolce & Gabbana’s website and stores.

Later in the year, the shoes finally appeared on dolcegabbana.com. I ordered them immediately, and pounced on the postman daily until they arrived.

I knew I had to wear a dress which displayed my shoes, as they were an important part of the outfit, and our guests were bound to want to see my footwear.

I opted for the hem to be shorter at the front, and longer at the back.

My husband wore beautiful Church’s Oxfords.

 

…and yes we wore them all day and all night!

 

Photographs courtesy of the excellent Jeff and Sarah at Jeff Oliver Photography.

 

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AUTUMN GLARE

Do you have the Autumn blues? Sometimes we find that when the weather gets cooler, we have our very own back-to-school feeling. This despite not having much of a break from work during the summer.

I think I’ve found the perfect cure to Seasonal Affective Disorder, that’s even better than daylight lamps.

What better way to enjoy those dark evenings, than to brighten them up with a pair of neon pink boots?

No they’re not leather, but yes they’re affordable and so easy to pull on and off over tights or skinny jeans.

This colour is the perfect antidote to the muted leaf-coloured hues which spill from the clothing rails and shoe shelves at this time of year.

With only a 2″ heel, they’ll give a little height whilst keeping you comfortable and supported.

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BEST BOOTS

  • Blue magic
    Blue magic
    Be the coolest party animal in these rich blue metallic Chelsea boots. The perfect package with sleek upper, sculpted heel, and elegant almond toe.
  • Black meets white
    Black meets white
    These cut-out boots are useful for autumn and spring. The white leather with tiny lizard-like dot print is a monochromatic delight.
  • Wear anywhere
    Wear anywhere
    My love affair with grey as a cooler alternative to dull black is still going strong. Not 50, but 2 shades of grey give a sportier look to these Chelseas.
  • Black snake
    Black snake
    For lovers of black footwear, opt for these zip-front pointed chukka boots. With cushioned leather insoles and rubber soles, they're chic and practical.
  • Easy tan
    Easy tan
    Let your feet blend with the autumn leaves in this rich tan Chelsea boots. A classic British look where boyish meets girl.
  • Space boots
    Space boots
    Metallics are great for making an impact. Wear these to the Star Wars premiere on December 17th, or just about any day or evening event.
  • Tall tale
    Tall tale
    A classic chunky-soled Chelsea, with quirky elements. Geometrically-shaped black elastic stands out against rich, dark green leather.

I can’t get enough of the fabulous affordable footwear from Swedish brand & Other Stories. Every season, their designers reflect the trends with their own unique signatures, including plenty of quality leather linings and intriguingly textured leather uppers.

Click through the slide show, and let me know which is your favourite in the comments, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

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SPEND OR SAVE: HIGH THROAT COURT

Do you ever find the perfect shoe, but not at a purse-friendly price?

The chicest court shoe style this season has a high throat, meaning the front comes up higher over your foot. This creates the comfort of a loafer, whilst giving you fashion credentials.

High throat courts are versatile enough to wear with trousers or skirts, so make a great investment purchase.

 

Spend

I was excited to discover the amazing brand Martiniano, whose signature style is a high throated court shoe in deliciously soft kid leather. The shoes are made by hand in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The heel adds height whilst maintaining stability, and these even have comfortable padded insoles.

 

Save

Swedish brand Cos issue a small but perfectly-formed range of footwear each season. Designs and colours are kept simple and subtle in true Scandinavian style.

This season, a key silhouette is of course the high throat court. It is offered in light grey suede, with a covered 5cm block heel.

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Now, are you going to spend or save? Let me know in the comments, or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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