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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

4 SPARKLY JUMPERS

It is no secret i love shiny metallic things and one of the many good things about Christmas is that there are a lot of sparkly, shiny things around to buy. I believe that sparkly/ metallic/lurex (whatever you like to call it) can and should be worn all year round and not just around the festive period. However it is around this time of year that you can get some good ones. 

I have a tradition (excuse) that every year i buy a new sparkly jumper so i have quite a collection. Here are four very different style and shape sparkly jumpers that have caught my magpie eye this year:

TOPSHOP £32 / TOPSHOP £36 / H&M £19.99 / M&S £22.50

PLEATED SKIRTS

My favourite fashion website Man Repeller recently did a post on metallic print skirts - the ones they featured were mostly by Gucci and by super high end designers but there are a few high street versions around at the moment too (see below).

I got my skirt a while ago - I like to wear smart sparkly things during the day, dressed down with a casual top/ t-shirt and trainers.

The only (potential) trouble with these skirts is that they fit tightly around the waist - which if you don't have a tiny waist and a super flat tummy tend not to be very flattering.  However if you wear a longer top or jumper that covers your waist (instead of tucking a top in) the top of your tummy is covered and the problem is solved.

& Other Stories £55 / Lindex £49.99 / TOPSHOP £60 / M&S £49.50 / Raoul £184 (was £369) / Christopher Kane £195 (was £650) / J.W.Anderson £238 (was £795) / Zara £39.99


SILVER SHOES

I have a massive love of metallic shoes - silver, gold, bronze, rose gold and every metallic in between.  One of the main reasons i like them is because i think metallic is a neutral it goes with more or less everything plus i love shinny things.

In the winter i have some metallic grey loafers and in the summer i have a collection of sandals and sliders.  Here are a few silver ones that i have my eye on at the moment:

Birkenstock £69 / & Other Stories £55 / Kurt Geiger £75 / Solillas £49

ESPADRILLES

Espadrilles are perfect summer shoes (unless it rains), there are loads of cool ones around at the moment.  They are comfortable, cheap and go with everything.

Here are some good ones:

Topshop £45 / Kurt Geiger £89 / KG Kurt Geiger £90 / Office £35

SLIDES / SLIDERS

'A Slide is a shoe that is backless and open-toed, essentially an open-toed mule. Slides can be high-heeled, flat-heeled or somewhere in between, and may cover nearly the entire foot from ankle to toe, or may have only one or two narrow straps. The term is descriptive in that this shoe is easy to 'slide' on and off the foot when the wearer wants to do so.'  Wikipedia

I'm a bit of a fan of a Slide / Slider, i had some great bejewelled H&M ones last summer and i loved them.  They are perfect for when you are super pregnant and can't reach your foot to do up a sandal or if your feet have swollen up and you can no longer fit them in any other shoes.

Zara £29.99 / Glamorous £26 / Nike £17 / MARC BY MARC JACOBS £85 / Birkenstock £75 / Carvella £65 (was £95) / KG Kurt Geiger £95 / New Look £20