Five Shoe Trends for the New Season

Out with the old and in with the new: here are five shoe trends for the new season – autumn/winter 2011/12 season.

Riding boots are a winter favourite. Not only are they stylish, working well with trousers and skirts, they are practical too being warm and waterproof…

Out with the old and in with the new: here are five shoe trends for the new autumn/winter 2011/12 season.

Riding boots/Chelsea boots

Riding boots are a winter favourite. Not only are they stylish, working well with trousers and skirts, they are practical too being warm and waterproof. This season you have a choice of two styles: the low-rise, ankle Chelsea boot or the knee-length traditional riding boot complete with shaped top. Buckles and straps take riding boots away from horse paddocks and hay-filled stables onto the high street, whilst the flat sole makes them effortlessly wearable. Warm colours of light brown and burgundy are best; two-tone also looks great and leather is an absolute must. House of Fraser’s winter boots collection is vast and on trend.

Loafers

Loafers are this season’s ballet pumps. With thicker, low-heeled soles, these shoes are more practical but just as stylish. Leather or suede, with tassels or buckles, these shoes are the latest flat shoe trend doing the rounds. These are the shoes of choice for the 1960s trend and are a great compromise between brogues and ballet pumps for those looking to try the boy-girl trend but don’t want to look too masculine. Colour wise you can choose between classic black, or bold colours such as red, orange, yellow and animal print.

Shoe boots

For those ladies that cannot live in anything but heels, the shoe boot is the perfect winter shoe for you. The enclosed front section keeps your feet warm and dry, but the low ankle height means these shoes look equally as flattering and sassy with a skirt or jeans, unlike ankle boots that can make your legs look short and stumpy. Suede is the best material choice for this season; just remember to protect it with some spray before venturing into the rain. Go for bold autumnal shades of plum, mustard, emerald and burgundy.

Fleecy boots

Ugg style boots are back. This season however, many styles are using leather for the outer material, with warming shearling reserved for the lining. Slouchy ankle boots in warm browns and beiges are perfect for winter. These also click perfectly with the ‘global traveller’ trend that is so popular this season. Look for toggles, buttons, straps and faux-fur detailing.

Heeled brogues

Heeled brogues are a lot more feminine than the flat equivalents. They combine the covered front element of shoe boots with detailing including laces, brogueing perforations and multi-piece leather uppers. Keep the heel slim and don’t bother with a platform. More feminine versions using ribbon and lace are available too.

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