WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
These fool-proof, modern investment pieces will last for seasons to come.
We’ll put our hands up and admit that we’re (too) easily distracted by the excitement of the new. Not enough has been said about classic, keep-forever, wear-forever shoes. Ignored in favour of the flavour of the month, we thought it was time to give the stalwarts of our footwear wardrobes a much-deserved shout-out. The benefits of the classics are threefold. They never fall out of fashion, they go with almost anything, and, by dint of these two factors, can be worn again and again. A classic shoe is trendless, but can make a bold statement when worn with confidence and adapted to suit your personal style. And in this time of uncertainty, there’s something incredibly soothing about returning to them. Here are our favourite tried-and-tested shoes to see you through this season and beyond.
THE CLASSIC PUMP
From Louboutin’s iconic heels to Gianvito Rossi’s signature courts, classic black and skin-toned pumps are the undisputed heroes of the shoe world. Whether you’ve got a meeting you need to own, a formal event, or just want to feel ‘put together’, they’ll invariably save the day. Check out this post for nude shoes to suit every skin tone.
SHOP BLACK PUMPS
SHOP SKIN-TONED PUMPS
The Little Black Boot is a year-round essential – whether you pair yours with tights and tartan in winter, or blue jeans and prairie dresses come spring. From Chelseas to simple lace-ups, we’ve pulled together a tight selection spanning heritage label Grenson and the trendiest Prada pair. Think streamlined silhouettes and classic detailing that will never let you down.
SHOP CHELSEA BOOTS
SHOP LACE UP BOOTS
THE WEAR-WITH-ANYTHING WHITE TRAINERS
Not even the biggest sportswear skeptics can deny the universal appeal of a simple white trainer. Stripping it back to the basics – buttery-soft leather, a comfortable sole and just a hint of the sporting aesthetic. Cue Adidas and Prada for retro-inspired styles that can be worn with anything from jeans to silky slips.
SHOP WHITE SNEAKERS
THE LUXE LOAFER
In the working from home era, loafers strike the perfect balance between comfort and style. The holy grail of loafers is currently by Prada, but Alessandro Michele might have something to say about that. Right now, we don’t know whether we’re coming or going, but it will always be true that everyone looks good in a pair of Gucci Jordaans.
SHOP CLASSIC LOAFERS
SHOP MODERN LOAFERS
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