1. Cut-out boots
Ankle boots are going nowhere this season, so if you didn’t pick up a pair of cut-out boots, now is the time! Perfect with tights, or matched with cool printed ankle socks, you can’t go wrong with a pair of strappy boots with cut-out panels.
Yep, yep, we’re waaaaaaay into the ‘90s. Asides from channeling the original queen bee, Cher Horowitz this winter, we’ll be slipping our tootises into some serious throwback kicks. Jelly shoes were perfect for summer, but now the weather is dipping (and the rain pouring), our eyes are set on iconic 90s worker boots. The Colorado boot from Caterpillar is the perfect alternative to black winter boots, and we love their new season worked boot in leopard print. The Timberland boot is another classic 90s style and comes in winter white and baby blue – totally Baby Spice!
3. I’m a sole man
This season, pay less attention to what’s on your shoe but what is UNDER it. We’re talking about soles: cleated, chunky, wedge, coloured, we’re all about playing with proportions and taking our shoe soles to new heights. Jeffrey Campbell is king of the clunky soles, so whether you’re rocking a flatform or teetering on vertiginous heels, give a chunky sole a chance for AW14.
4. Swinging Sixties
We’re loving the 60s revival that dominated the runways for injecting some much needed fun into our wardrobes! Taking inspiration from the pop art and futurist movements that Pierre Cardin and Courrèges debuted on the catwalks back in the day, we’re keeping these architectural shapes and patent materials and bringing out our inner Twiggy. L.K. Bennett’s collection for Autumn/Winter is inspired by the great British movment of the 60s, Mods. Pointy chelsea boots, slouchy bags and checked heels all star in their collection that is the perfect ode to one of the most important style movements in British fashion history.
If you’re the kinda gal who likes to leave the heels at home, then this is the trend for you! Flatforms offer the joys of added height without the balancing act of stilettos. With so many options from brands we love, you won’t be stuck finding new season flat-footed shoe! Metallic trainers with Spice Girls platforms from No Name, chunky yet chic platform lace-ups from French shoe maverick, Robert Clergerie, or skater girl cool in a revamped pair of platform Vans Sk8-Hi’s, it’s up to you to decide how high you want to go!
6. Sports luxe
Ahhh the illustrious trainer. No longer for gyms, running around courts, and 80′s throwback Miranda the humble trainer has become a must-have for fashionistas everywhere. While we love this trend, we’re fickle when it comes to seeing our favourite styles on the feet of everyone. The solution? Discover off the radar brands (We love Le Coq Sportif for interesting prints and Serafini for futuristic sneaks) or go for the daring styles that others shy away from, like these polka dot New Balance or these mish-mash patterned pretties from Kenzo.
7. Biker boots
There’s nothing more rock ‘n’ roll than a pair of motorcycle boots! Our Pinterest board is full of style inspiration on how to style these bad boys, so if you want to look angelic rather than Hells Angels, pair white lace dresses and elegant pencil skirts with chunky biker boots. A must-have since…forever, this season motorcycle boots are stepping out of the motorcycle pits and being redesigned with flair. Coloured, studded or tattooed, bring out your inner bad girl with some kick-ass moto boots.
8. Riding boots
From the rebellious to the refined, if you’re more tally ho than “Hey ho let’s go!” riding boots are for you. Having been neglected for the last few seasons, the riding boot is back this year and ready to add some ‘70s flair to your wardrobe. Simple yet sleek, we can think of no better boot for coffee dates and long weekends in the countryside. If the thought of wellies makes you squirm, don some riding boots instead.
Embrace the androgynous trend with brogues, moccasins and buckled shoes. Wear the look head to toe with masculine tailoring, oversized layers, and crisp shirts, or wear your brogues and slip on pointed loafers with skater skirts, midi dresses and pleated culottes for a feminine twist. Clarks play with the traditional lace up brogue this season with this burgundy suede version, its transparent cut outs and flatform sole an unconventional upgrade on this classic style. Not quite a creeper, not quite a granddad-basic brogue, this shoe style is a much welcome new addition on the style scene!
10. Checkin it out
Geometric grid prints were all over the catwalks this season and for those who fear looking like a sheet of graph paper, be thankful that this trend has filtered down to our accessories. After summer’s love affair with gingham, check print has gone grunge for AW14, with bold lines, bigger squares, and graphic checks. This pair of black and white bow heels from L.K Bennett perfects the balance between sober monochrome and ladylike elegance, thanks to its playful bow and pointed toe. Playing with the line’s gradient is a novel take on the check trend, and we’ll be lining up (sorry…) to get these on our feet this season.