Style by Claire Lopez

Step out in style in this season’s flats

Are you a shoe or bag girl? I am much more of a shoeaholic than ever I am tempted by bags. It is probably the female equivalent of being a boobs-or-bum-man. But it is not an easy relationship that I have with footwear – in fact it is a very frustrating one which is probably a good thing otherwise I would have a habit that may need some attention. Even when I was at school I remember struggling to find anything to fit unless it had a strap or laces – fine when clumpy Kickers were the thing, but not so good for the loafer era. And nothing much has changed – probably because I haven’t really grown since I was 13. Most flats just flap about on my feet and no amount of insole will do the trick.

So with a new season upon us, one of the easiest ways to sharpen your look is to get yourself a new pair of shoes. It’s definitely not time to crack out the boots but sandal time is fast leaving us so it needs to be a good old pair of flats and there are lots of lovely options out there for you to buy, and for me to just look at. Sad face.


Spring was all about metals but they aren’t going anywhere for Autumn and Warehouse has this great Pointed Loafer £42. Now this would look amazing with a pair of tapered leg trousers or cropped wide legs for that matter. It would also work equally well with jeans – skinny/boyfriend/girlfriend.


Nine West also has this silver loafer Antonecia £59. Nine West tends to come up fairly narrow so great for dainty trotters.


You can also do girly in metallic with these Laminated Lace Up Ballet Pumps £29.99 from Zara.



Another biggie for A/W is animal print and although leopard print has been around for ages, why not branch out and grab yourself some zebra. Warehouse has this Zebra Driving Shoe £49.


Topshop has a modern take on the ballet pump with a squared off toe with its Karate pump £46.


Pretty Punk

Now this is something I can get on board with, thanks to the straps – hurray. Studded and strapped pointed flats yes please.

These Heti Stud Detail Pointed Flat Shoes £75 from Dune would give an edge to a classic ensemble. They do come in other colours. The khaki and black is also nice. The patent sickly candy pink is not.


If you want something on the prettier side then these from Mint Velvet £89 are lovely: Grey Becky Studded Strap Pump £89.


They also have this Nude Alana Studded Pump £89. Both great colours for this in-between time and good for off and on duty.



Another great option for work and they come in all guises from the Gucci-esque horse bit to more chunky heeled styles.

Topshop’s Libby Trim Soft Loafer £32 is a good bet. It also comes in black.


They also have a chunkier option in the Lucky Loafer £32.


Probably not strictly speaking flats at all, and I am aware that this higher heel is the fashion choice, but it just isn’t for me: Kalm by Carvela Kurt Geiger £59 in the sale. Nice not to have a black shoe for now.


These Black Leather Metal Trim Loafers £29.99 from New Look are a total steal for a pair of leather shoes.


It’s all about the heel

The heel is taking centre stage this season with designers adding plenty of detailing to the rear of their flats.

These Black Suedette Metal Trim Loafers £24.99 from New Look are great style on a budget.


Miss KG’s Neville Black Flat Loafers £55 have gold heels and tassels. Possibly a bit too much?


River Island has this lovely pair of Black Glitter Heeled Ballet Shoes £28 which will see you through the whole season right through to Christmas parties. Great with skirts and dresses as well as trousers.


Eeeek I just said the C word. Enough. They have only just gone back to school and it is still September.





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