Picking up a pair of delightful patent high heel loafers at the Dorothy Perkins sale the other day I was quietly smug with myself. Not only had I just nailed a valuable trend for autumn/winter 2011/2012, but I had also picked up a bargain along the way (£12).
So what exactly does autumn/winter have in store for our soles I hear you cry? Well, think old school circa mid 1990s with a mixture of loafers, brogues, wedge heels, and Chelsea boots all rolled into one.
Taking a manly slant this winter shoes are laced-up to the nine’s – quite literally – with Dolce & Gabbana producing flat monochrome and metallic brogues alongside Celine’s pilgrim style point heels with red tips at the front and a patent finish. Brogues were also laced up with a high platform block heel and worn with cute ankle socks for effect.
Adding character to the catwalk Chanel opted of a mixture of Chelsea boot and brogue in an ankle shoe with a large oversized sock whilst Paul Smith adorned flat patent loafers. Lanvin and Stella McCartney both followed suit with a smaller loafer tip but added a Cuban style heel for effect whilst Acne thought outside the box creating orange brogue wedges with a tan tip heel. Roberto Cavalli went for opulence instead with metallic snake-skin effect heeled loafers complete with tassel (which are also huge next season).
Daywear designs came in a mix of knee-high boots in an assortment of colours and designs. Mulberry showed wedge boots with a different colour heel while Isabel Marant kept to the lighter side of the spectrum with cream knee-high boots with fringing down one side (a staple for jeans and knee-length skirts). Emilio Pucci buckled up their style with a stiletto heel and rich wine coloured velvet material, whereas Thakoon, Prada, Tommy Hilfiger and Lanvin all fashioned leather knee-high boots that were perfect to last throughout winter and match an array of trends.
Lastly Mary-Jane heels with strappy T-bar buckling ruled for work wear and were worn with coloured tights at Fendi and bare legs at Marni.