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ALL THE SHOES YOU NEED

It is like it happened over night - Autumn is here. Gone are the days of flip flops and sandals it's time to put the toes away and start thinking about the Summer - Winter transition and layering up. 

I actually really like it when the seasons and temperature changes and I enjoy the challenges and variation of dressing for all weathers. Plus I think we need different seasons to help us appreciate what we have, when we have it.

When it comes to Autumnal footwear I believe in having some key shoes and boots in your wardrobe that when you put them with different outfits they have the ability to update and change your whole look. If your shoe wardrobe contains at least (and not exclusively) one of the following types of footwear you should have every occasion covered:

  • Boots

  • Trainers

  • Loafers / Brogues

  • Party shoes

Marks & Spencer have some great options (from all the above categories) in at the moment. Their shoe and boot collection has been well considered and they have ensured that every (shoe)box has been ticked.  Also being M&S you can guarantee comfort and durability as well as style. Here are my top picks:

I LOVE these red suede pointed flats and know I will get a lot of wear out of them. I can imagine wearing them to Christmas parties and will be styling them with everything from skinny leather trousers, to cropped jeans and jumpsuits.

These shoes are super comfortable and are even endorsed by the UK College of Podiatrists due to Insolia Flex® which makes walking in flats more comfortable by insuring your foot is correctly placed within your shoes and improves the natural rotational movement of the ball of the foot -so clever! And also because they are a wider fit, I don't have particularly wide feet but by being slightly wider it means they do not squash your toes like some pointed ones do. 

Stain Away™ Wide Fit Suede Pumps with Insolia Flex® £39.50 / Pinafore Sleeveless Jumpsuit £39.50

I love all things leopard print and believe it to be a neutral so wear it with everything. I have been after a pair of leopard print trainers for ages so when I spotted these I was very happy! I like wearing darker coloured trainers in winter because it hides the dirt and because I think they look better with black tights than white ones.  

I will be styling these with everything from pleated skirts, to dungarees and then when Spring comes back with bare legs and shorts.

Leopard Leather Lace Up Trainers £49.50 / Tunic Shift Dress £69

A decent pair of simple, flat, black ankle boots are an Autumn essential. They are the boot that you are likely to wear the most because they can pretty much be worn with everything and to everywhere. 

These have a low heel and tassels (I love a tassel) and also have the same comfortable, supportive Insolia Flex® sole as the red shoes above. M&S also have a great selection of Chelsea and block heeled boots too. 

Suede Tassel Ankle Boots with Insolia Flex® £65 / Pure Cotton Denim Ruffle Dress £39.50 (Shirt also from M&S but currently only available instore)

I have a thing for metallic shoes and own a lot, they have the power to update and transform so many outfits from average to cool! They go with everything from florals, denim, leather and prints of every colour. If you are ever confused about what colour to buy a shoe in - go metallic.

Loafers and brogues are a Winter staple of mine, I guess they are the equivalent to a Summer sandal and are great for work, parties and playgrounds. Plus they are durable, comfortable and cool.

M&S COLLECTION New Point Loafer with Insolia Flex® £29.50

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, clothes choices, ideas and purchases are my own!

Photography by: @janelookerphotography

SERVICE: TUESDAY BY M&S

Marks & Spencer's has recently launched a new personal shopping and styling service called Tuesday.  Named after the top browsing day of the week and developed by the M&S Venture Lab, Tuesday offers customers convenient personal styling and shopping advice. 

After signing up online you arrange a call back time with your specially paired up stylist. Speaking to them on the phone is fun - you get to talk about what clothes you like, what styles, colours, give them more info about your size, body shape and what kind of thing you are looking for. I have a couple of Christmas parties coming up so asked my stylist Alison (who has a great voice and is super friendly) for ideas on what i could wear.

A couple of days later i got an email and link to the (very user friendly) website, where Alison had selected some clothes for me, giving suggestions on how they could be styled and what they could be worn with. There was also a space for me to comment on each of the items and give feedback.

I was slightly apprehensive about using this service - seeing as i am pretty sure what i like to wear and every time i have done something slightly similar to this they have got it wrong.

However I was very impressed -  Alison did a great job, she showed me things that i would have otherwise over looked and gave suggestions and ideas of different ways to style things such as - adding ribbons instead of laces to a pair of cool brogues (that i might have to get/ am getting!).

Once your stylist knows you, they keep everything on record so if you have another event or need help with your wardrobe they can look up what you have already and advice you from there.

Tuesday was easy and fun, i would definitely recommend it - especially if you are short of time, aren't able to get to the shops and need help with what to wear!

Tuesday is kind of like online shopping with a well qualified mate, who is entirely focused on you and what you are looking for. I can't wait to call Alison again (even better than she'll definitely know who i am!).