As we coast into November, get your feet ready, it’s time to focus on footwear for Autumn and the season ahead. Who doesn’t love a fabulous pair of shoes or boots for that matter? Shoes are a wonderful accessory that can add interest and personality to your outfit. The choice is huge, where do you even start! Autumn footwear is no exception! Comfort is the key but remember if you can, spend as much as you can afford on good boots and shoes. They are one of those things we should never ‘scrimp’ on and good quality will stand the test of time.
However, our image matters so remember that everything we put on our bodies says something about us. There is no doubt that a smart pair of shoes help to elevate our look so if you want to be the epitome of style and sophistication, look after your shoes, clean them after each use and polish regularly.
You also want to maximise the wearing of them. How many of us have boxes of shoes we barely wear as the wedding outfit we bought them to go with, went out in the last charity bag!
Don’t forget proportions – your choice of shoe should always suit your foot size, petite feet never look good in big ‘clompy’ styles in the same way that the effect of wearing teeny strappy shoes on a larger foot, look out of proportion.
Finding comfortable shoes in your preferred style and heel height can be difficult to find! When you do find a pair that fit you like slippers, try to get a second pair, you will never regret it! If you then find them in the sale, even better but consider that good shoes do sell quickly, so if your feet are an ‘average’ size, my advice is snap them early!
TOP TIPS TO HELP YOU FOCUS ON FOOTWEAR FOR AUTUMN
Over the years I have learned that the best time to buy shoes is prior to lunch, your foot is at its truest size! Remember to try your footwear wearing a similar pair of socks to those you intend to wear with them.
A chunkier block-heel will be more practical in the colder, wetter and icy weather offering you a little more protection and support.
You can help your money go further if you can find your footwear in an end of season sale. My advice is to both shop the stores in person and online. How about looking at more expensive brands as a pair of shoes originally costing £200 for example may be reduced by half. You will find that these will be more comfortable and will last longer than a pair originally retailing for £75.00.
For Autumn footwear I recommend three styles that should feature in your wardrobe for maximum flexibility.
An all-round casual shoe you can wear with ankle grazer trousers, dresses, jeans and skirts. Try a pair in this season’s metallic!
Photo credit: Moda in Pelle Fiarli Pewter Leather
Always fabulous styled with a dress, try a neutral this year so it will go with just about anything.
Photo credit: LK Bennett Ayla Bronze Velvet
Since brown features heavily in this Season’s trends, opt for tall brown boots. Always very elegant and with such a wide range of styles, they may well become a firm favourite to pair with many perfect ensembles. This will pair equally well with skinny jeans, a skirt or floral dress.
Photo credit: Dune Tabby High Leg Boot
If you have difficulty in finding boots in wide fittings, no problem, Duoboots offer their range of boots in up to 11 calf sizes.
You will see here a few of my favourite footwear styles for Autumn/Winter 2019 saved to one of my Pinterest Boards. Said Marilyn Monroe – Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world. Amen to that!
I do hope that this helps you to focus on your Autumn footwear but if you would like a hand to choose any items for your wardrobe, please do call me for a chat on 07494 644788, feel free to leave a comment below or visit my website here.
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