Are you mourning the end of summer, or celebrating the end of the kids’ holidays? Whether you’re embracing the change in season or sadly watching the leaves change colour, this feature is for you. Everyone deserves an end of summer treat.

autumn leaves trees end of summer treat shoes

There is nothing which makes me look forward to the colder months more than new clothes. Cosy new jumpers, a coat you’ve been saving up for, or a fabulous pair of boots are all mood lifters. I’ve found that the milder London winters have meant my knee-high boots barely left the wardrobe. Instead ankle boots have been a solid investment for year-long wear. My well covered shoes such as brogues and lace-up sneakers have also received preferential treatment.

As I look at shoes day in/day out, I get fed up of seeing familar styles in classic colours repeated each season. I always get excited when I find a new brand making something a little different. Especially if their products are good value.

And/Or end of summer treat shoes

John Lewis have developed a new brand this year with Californian lifestyle company Calvin Rucker. Although the new brand named And/Or is based around denim, their footwear is rather fabulous. The styles are affordable and easy to match with denim or your other favourite clothing pieces.

Have a look through my Top 5 best And/Or shoe styles for this transitional time of year:

  • Really useful boots don't have to be black, brown or tan. Shine your way through autumn in these gold Western-style ankle boots.
  • For a sleek low-profile trainer without in your face branding, try these white leather lace-ups with their silver stars. Leather linings will keep you comfortable.
  • These highly embellished boots could easily pass as a product from a luxury brand. They're decorated with studs, beading and embroidery for a rich aesthetic.
  • Sneakers can look luxurious too. The textured gold leather has a vintage look which perfectly complements your dark denim.
  • Every woman needs a pair of mid or low-heeled Chelsea boots for rushing out of the door looking chic. I love the shaped elastic on this animal print version.


As well as browsing online, this is also a great time of year to hunt for new wardrobe pieces in the shops. Many of the new season styles will be arriving in daily deliveries now. Once the schools have gone back, why not take a half day off work and find your own shoe-shaped end of summer treat?

If you’re planning to shop for new footwear styles, make sure you’ve read my quick and easy guide The Shoe Shopping Kit. It’s packed with essential tips on how to find comfortable, beautiful footwear.

Why not download this affordable ebook as your own end of summer treat? It will change the way you shop. One Amazon reviewer wrote “I just wish it had come out years ago, it would have saved me £££”.

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