WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKKO PUTTONEN
Embrace the colder weather with our definitive guide to shoe wardrobe preparation.
What’s not to love about a winter wardrobe? Boots and coats, evening shoes, cashmere and scarves that cocoon you against the cold. To make sure you get the desired mileage out of your winter footwear we’ve pulled together a few key points for getting ready for boot season. You need shoes that will tempt you out of hibernation, that accommodate all of your wintry plans, and that are ready to go when you are – whatever the weather. With the promise of spiced chai lattes (or a PSL if that’s your thing), mulled wine and bonfires on the horizon, here’s our definitive guide to preparing your shoe wardrobe for Autumn/Winter.
SAY GOODBYE TO SUMMER
It might break your heart to pack away those Chanel dad sandals, but unless you plan to brave them with socks this autumn, it’s time to say goodbye. (Side note: we’d defo recommend braving it.) On a rainy Sunday when you have no plans, spend some time wrapping delicate summer shoes in tissue and away in boxes, and slip your strappy heels back into their dust bags. Then chow down on a deliciously autumnal Sunday lunch, to cheer you up a bit.
HAVE A PLAN
Begin with a wardrobe review. Get your boots and winter shoes out on the bedroom floor. What areas need attention? This generally determines what to invest in for the season ahead. If your trusty old pair of everyday knee-highs are beyond repair, or your ride-or-die Chloés have been worn to death, you can start the hunt for a fresh pair of killer boots for winter. We can help you with that as well.
SHOP AMAZING WINTER BOOTS
Boots need love and attention just as much as you do. When you’re dusting off your old favourites, don’t condemn them just because a sole has worn or they don’t have the same shine they did last season. Have them professionally cleaned or repaired and they’ll look like new. DIY job? A bit of polish goes a long way. If you’ve dug out a pair that look a bit ‘dated’ to you, think about styling them up in new ways to give them a fresh lease of life.
NAIL THE BASICS
When you’ve got the basics covered, everything else falls into place. To some that might be a pair of practical Khaite knee-highs, some sturdy ankle boots, and a closed-toe pump for work. Others might turn to heeled Gianvito Rossi Santiagos, Jil Sander sneakers and a kitten heel sling-back. Whatever your staples are, these building blocks will put you in good stead for the rest of the season. Then you can let your imagination run wild with trend-led styles and party pieces.
The transition from summer to winter is the hottest time for trends. The September issues set the tone, and there’s something particularly tempting about winter newness. This is where the soul-searching comes in. It’s easy to get carried away, so some contemplation is required. You don’t have to go as far as mood-boarding, but a scroll through the ‘gram and a flick through the glossies will give you some inspo. Pick and choose the trends that work with what you have – Bottega Veneta’s Tire boots if you’re into heavy footwear, or dainty chain-detail Kaldas for elegant party girls.
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