Over the weekend I added a great magazine to my apple newsstand – Fashion magazine A/W14 – which you can download for free. It offered some interesting insights into new season trends and I was especially keen to read about the footwear trends for today’s Tuesday Shoesday blog post.
The first Autumn/Winter trend that really caught my eye was loafers. I’d never really considered them for this time of year, preferring to wear more sturdy, puddle-proof boots, but now that I’ve actually thought about it, loafers are the ideal shoe for those in-between days like today. When it’s cool enough for a jumper but not wet enough to need knee-high boots, or when a day starts off chilly and misty before making way for autumn sunshine, it makes sense to wear some equally versatile shoes. Loafers are the ideal accompaniment for trousers and skinny jeans, look classy with skirts and are a great accompaniment to a pair of thermal tights!
I’ve always thought of loafers as the grandparent’s choice but the trend this season is for pointed loafers which has brought the style up-to-date and even makes it wearable for nights out. Add to their fashion credentials the fact that they are comfortable enough for all-day walking, and you’ve got a pair of shoes that are equally suited to a working wardrobe, wearing to college or for casual days out. I’ve totally talked myself into it and now I don’t know how I’ve lived without loafers this long! What do you think? Do you swear by loafers for in-between days in Autumn and Spring? Which are your favourites?
The second trend the John Lewis Fashion magazine identified is stiletto boots. Again, it’s another style that I’ve never worn before, believing them to be both impractical – let’s be honest, they are ankle boots with holes! – and uncomfortable – due to the height of the heel. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t look extremely sexy when worn on a night out or powerful as part of an office outfit. I struggle with any heel height about 3 inches, but I know that many of you can walk just as comfortably in stilettos or trainers, so it’s definitely a cool look for autumn/winter 2014.
I think they would be a great shoe to transition from work-to-evening, so would be ideal to wear for the festive party season; they are stylish and dressy enough for a night out, but the muted dark colours are equally suited to wearing to the office. Again, they would be great with tights and trousers when the weather gets cooler, and some are already reduced to clear in the JL sale, so maybe they would be a good investment for A/W14? Do you already have a pair of these sky-high boots? What do you think of them? Please get in touch and leave me a comment below!