When it comes to my autumn/winter wardrobe there’s one shoe style I’ll definitely be purchasing – the ankle boot. A pair of quality black ankle boots always take me through the cooler months and is a guaranteed way to update any outfit. You can opt for a pair of sky high stiletto style boots if you’re looking for some sexy footwear to take you from drinks to dinner or a pair of flat boots as a comfy option when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. If you’re intending to wear them to death, be sure to have them resoled beforehand to ensure that they can withstand the wear and tear of constant outings.
I’ve rounded up some of my fave ankle boot styles to inspire your next shopping trip…
I love the start of each season as it means I can go shopping and make some key additions to my wardrobe. I often try and pinpoint a few key pieces that I’ll need as opposed to going crazy and buying up every trend in sight. However if there’s one thing I do each season without fail it’s this: I buy shoes in black and neutral. Yep, every season. I’ve done it for years and I’ve found making those strategic shoe purchases will get me through autumn, winter, summer and spring.
Whilst I’ll stick to the same colours I’ll obviously alter the style of shoe according to the weather so in winter I’ll buy a boot and a closed toe shoe such as a pump and if it’s summer I’ll buy both open toed shoes whether it be a sandal or stiletto. A black and a neutral shoe will go with virtually everything in my wardrobe so I know I’m guaranteed to get a lot of use out of it plus buying a season’s key style will update my look accordingly. It’s an easy way to look on trend without having to change your entire wardrobe.
Want to know the ultimate way to update your spring/summer wardrobe? Try the shoe of the season. In keeping with the resurgence of ’90s fashion, mules, the shoe staple of that decade are making a big comeback. The great thing about this particular style of shoe is that they’re versatile enough to work with everything from a pair of jeans to a dress or skirt. Plus adding a pair to your wardrobe is a really easy way to dip your toe into a new season trend without breaking the bank. Just ensure that you always flash some ankle (especially when wearing them with pants) and choose a pair with a heel for more flattering silhouette. The range of mules available at the moment include everything from classic black, to pretty pastels and finishes such as braiding, buckles and fringing so there’s definitely plenty of options to work with virtually every outfit in your wardrobe.
When I was working full time I used to always wear high heels to the office. I know when it comes to workwear it can be nice to have a little height in the footwear department to help add some polish to an outfit but I’ve since learned that flats can work equally as well, if not more so. These days when I’m going to office I may have the girls in the morning or in the afternoon so my outfit has to look professional yet be comfortable at the same time. This is where I’ve found having a great flats wardrobe can come in handy. These are some of my dos and don’ts of wearing them to work…
Do experiment with different flats
I’ve found the best flats for the office are ballet flats, brogues and loafers [the closed kind not slides as these can look a little too casual] and flat boots for winter [see in order below]. Try to keep your flats as streamlined and simple as possible to keep them professional.
Do wear flats with dresses
If you tend to favour dresses for the office you’ll be pleased to hear that you can get away with swapping your heels in favour of flats for this particular look. I’ve found that flats look really great with tailored dresses and maintains a classy effect.
Winning combination: Alexa Chung does ballet flats and a dress/ Image via Stockholm Street Style
Do opt for a slim trousers
Wide leg pants are on trend this season but I’ve found that they tend to work better with heels, especially if you’re on the shorter side. However when it comes to slim fitting trousers you can definitely afford to go with flats. A slim silhouette will help elongate your figure and when teamed with flats it looks very Audrey Hepburn-esque.
Don’t forget to flash some ankle
Make sure that if you’re wearing pants that they’re cropped so you are showing some ankle. This length will tend to be a little more flattering when worn with pants.
Do keep your look quite preppy
Flats such as man-style loafers and ballet flats work are a match made in heaven with a preppy-style outfit. Think a collared white shirt and a knee length skirt. It’s a little collegiate, definitely office appropriate and a stylish alternative to traditional corporate wear.
Image: Stockholm Street Style
Don’t forget about the finishing touches
Flats don’t have to be boring. Keep an eye out for interesting finishing touches. Tassels, discreet bows, or a metal horsebit accent are all great ways to take an ordinary flat from so-so to stylish. One of my favourite brogues has a metal toe cap (see pic above) and I find that this helps give them a point of difference.
Do leave socks at home
A lot of flats look better sans socks so make sure to give them a miss. As I said earlier, flashing some ankle is flattering as it helps to emphasise the slimmest part of your leg. Also, socks can look a little too bulky.
Do team flats with opaque stockings
In winter I know going bare legged can be a little chilly so pairing a pair of flat boots with opaque black stockings and a nice dress is a good office appropriate look. I tend to favour stockings in black as opposed to nude as it looks much fresher and more modern.
Tell me – are you a fan of wearing flats to the office?
Finding the perfect wedding shoes is high up on the to-do list of any bride. I spent a lot of time searching for the shoes I eventually wore on my wedding day but when I saw them I knew they would complement my dress perfectly.
One of my big tips is to not leave your shoe search to the last minute, not only for the practical reason that you’ll need them in order to get your dress hemmed but also to give yourself enough time to find a pair that you’ll really fall in love with.
When shopping keep in mind that you will be in your shoes for the entire day so make sure that they’re comfortable and that you won’t have any trouble walking in them. No bride wants to be hobbling around at the reception from pain when she should be dancing up a storm! Also think of the overall outfit before you settle on a pair of shoes. If your dress is quite ornate you want to opt for a simple pair of pumps to offset the intricate detail, inversely if your dress is quite pared back you may want to make a statement with your choice of shoes. It’s all about balance.
Here are some of the great options in footwear out there for every kind of bride…
One of my fave trends this season is the fashion’s 70s flashback. It’s all about voluminous silhouettes, slightly chunkier platform heels and adding a touch of glamour to an outfit. As I mentioned in this post, I’d wear an outfit like this to the races but it also makes a great party ensemble once the festive party season is well under way.
The trend towards ultra feminine dressing is perfect for race day outfits. I wanted to accessorise with something a little different so I opted for this floral headband which provided a great contrast to the structured asymmetrical neckline on the dress. Lace up heels are one of the great shoe trends to come out this spring/summer and they’re the ideal finishing touch to this outfit.
Spring racing is upon us and I recently teamed up with Nadia Fairfax and Wittner to showcase the latest footwear trends for this season. Footwear is key when it comes to a polished spring racing look and here are some of the key tips, tricks and trends to having a strong shoe game at the races this season.
Seventies style has been re-imagined for 2015, with luxe textures such as soft suede and nappa leather paired with modern detailing. Whiskey, tan and navy blue are standout tones, with special details such as contrast stitching and caging.
We love lending a fashion-forward twist to our race-day looks with sophisticated and tough monochrome shoe styles with a luxe edge. Strong cage and lace-up heels in soft black leather contrast with gold zip and buckle detailing. Play with texture and pair these styles with structured pieces for Derby Day!
The Spring Racing collection for 2015 offers a variety of styles and heel heights to suit different looks. To ensure that race-goers are able to get through the long day (and into the night!) on their feet, all of the shoes in this collection have superior comfort features such as padded foot beds and luxurious soft leathers. If you struggle to wear heels for long periods of time, we recommend sneaking a pair of ballet flats into your clutch and using gel cushions to provide instant comfort. The golden rule here is never to end up barefoot!
The big no-nos:
You need to consider both style and practically when it comes to race day footwear. Ideally you should opt for styles with a thicker block heel, small platform or wedge as you don’t want to be sinking into the grass all day long! Grass stains can wreak havoc on neutral coloured shoes, which are a big trend this season, so make sure you water proof your shoes beforehand.
What to look for:
Look out for pieces you know will get you through the day in comfort as well as style. There’s nothing worse than struggling to walk in your new stilettos. Wedges are a great option for a day on the track; opt for a seventies-style wooden heeled wedge or platform sandal. Caged or tie-up heels are also a chic yet comfy option – the laces lend additional support. You get what you pay for so invest in a pair of beautifully crafted leather shoes and your feet will thank you for it!
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If you’re going to update your wardrobe with one shoe trend this season it’s got to be the lace up flat. Everyone from Aquazzura to Isabel Marant have released their own versions, but if you don’t want a pair with a designer price tag, the trend has now filtered down to retailers such as Topshop and ASOS who have both released equally as chic versions. You can wear a lace up flat with everything from jeans to skirts and even shorts so it’s well worth the investment.
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When I’m sometimes helping friends do a wardrobe revamp I always give them the same list of shoes to incorporate into their shoe wardrobe. These 5 shoes will get you through all kinds of occasions and will make putting a stylish outfit together just that little bit easier.
A black pump
This is the workhorse shoe of my wardrobe. I find I’ll wear a black pump with everything from a cocktail dress to work attire. I love a pointy toed black pump in suede or leather. (Just be sure to waterproof them to help with their longevity.)
A nude pump
Sometimes a black pump will look too harsh with certain clothing so a shoe in a nude colour is a great alternative. You’ll find this shoe is just as versatile as a black pump and will work back with so many different items from your wardrobe.
For those days when you’re running around and just need to be comfortable, a pair of ballet flats is an essential (if you prefer a loafer they also fall in the same category). I have a pair of black ballet flats that I’ve had for years and a pair of leopard print loafers that are still in high rotation. They’re my go-to shoes when comfort is key. You don’t necessarily have to go for a neutral either, you can have some fun with flats and experiment with different prints or colours.
A statement shoe
Every girl should have a pair of show-stopping heels that make an outfit. I love an animal print myself (leopard especially) however you could also go for a metallic colour or something with really interesting detail. The only aim should be is that they’re bold and definitely stand out from the crowd.
What’s one pair of shoes that you simply can’t live without?