The surprise street shop with the perfect shoes for fall

The surprise street shop with the perfect shoes for fall

The surprise street shop with the perfect shoes for fall

There are many gems to be found

There are many gems to be found

A fresh pair of boxed shoes bought in early September is the tailored equivalent of a new pencil case. They are an optimistic statement imbued with good intentions.

And while the coats are in stores, with temperatures still mild, buying something too autumnal seems premature. Let’s face it, we’re more likely to have fun in good weather with a floaty dress than plan our mid-winter look. But just think about how that floating dress could be dramatically transformed with a new pair of shoes? And how smart it is to find a pair that will serve us just as well when coat time comes.

There are a lot of gems out there. The surprise is that many are from M&S. Their fall collection has arrived and chunky loafers, minimalist mules and stompy boots (all under £ 100) could be mistaken for designer brands. This is great news. Some road boots retail for £ 250 (the increased cost of materials and shipping will show up in the prices), and given the cost of the cost of living crisis, it’s foolish to overspend.

Check out the store before you buy, especially if you hate making returns as much as I do. While the selection isn’t as extensive in store, one look will tell you that cream cowboy boots aren’t quite the right shade, and the less you talk about flatform brogues, the better.

So how much is your money worth? First, you’ll want to identify the trends that will remain around – these include loafers, ballet flats, and chunky boots. Second, consider the styles you know you can wear with more than one outfit. This will depend on your personal style and taste. Remember, if you shop right, your new shoes have the potential to be the most affordable item in your wardrobe.

Here is my edit of the best of M&S now.

Court of vampires

Suede pointed toe pump, £ 65, M&S

Suede pointed toe pump, £ 65, M&S

Suede pointed toe pump, £ 65, SM

This is a form seen in Saint Laurent and Phoebe Philo’s “Old Celine” and was not much copied from the main street. Lilac suede is the funniest iteration, but they are also available in black and beige leather. They will add shine to cropped trousers and jeans.

Flatform Chelsea boot

Leather flatform Chelsea boot, £ 69, M&S

Leather flatform Chelsea boot, £ 69, M&S

Chelsea flatform leather boot, £ 69, SM

Bottega Veneta has ignited the trend for cream Chelsea boots – they’re a new take on the stompy winter boot and this pair looks a lot more expensive than it is. Wear them to make your summer midi dresses suitable for fall and coordinate them with a cream-colored bag, knit or a blazer.

Chunky ankle grazer

Snake Print Chunky Heel Leather Boots, £ 79, M&S

Snake Print Chunky Heel Leather Boots, £ 79, M&S

Snake Print Chunky Heel Leather Boots, £ 79, SM

I spotted the signature version of these boots – from Danish brand Ganni – on countless feet at London Fashion Week last February, a sure sign they’ll be around again this winter. Wear them now with slim fit jeans and midi dresses, and then swishy skirts and a long wool coat arrive in the winter. Perfect for work, dog walks and everything in between – these have the wardrobe workhorse written all over them.

Fashion trainer

Animal print leather sneakers with laces, £ 49.50, M&S

Animal print leather sneakers with laces, £ 49.50, M&S

Animal print lace-up leather trainers, £ 49.50, SM

I’d avoid most M&S ​​sneakers (having seen them in store), but these could be mistaken for a pair of Golden Gooses, which sell for up to £ 300. The designer ones are artfully distressed, but you could get it the old-fashioned way. These could work with jeans and all lengths of skirts, but my favorite would be with a fluffy dress.

High heel mules

Square toe leather mules, £ 45, M&S

Square toe leather mules, £ 45, M&S

Square toe leather mules, £ 45, SM

This minimalist style borrows from the aesthetic of the Dutch brand Wandler, as well as the Berlin-based shoe brand Aeyde. It’s a stylish option that would look great for work with tailored trousers. Expect compliments.

Chunky moccasin

Flatform loafers, £ 39.50, M&S

Flatform loafers, £ 39.50, M&S

Flatform loafers, £ 39.50, SM

People either love or hate moccasins, but either way they are inevitable at the moment, especially the chunky versions of Gucci, GH Bass and Tod’s. These, also available in loose fit, look the part for a fraction of the price. To be worn with midi dresses or, like my colleague Sophie Tobin, to be combined with contrasting socks and ankle-length trousers.

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