Good day my Autumnal artisans,
As summer has officially finished in London (much to my dismay – I love the warm weather) I thought I would dedicate this entry to the most appropriate footwear to wear in this unpredictable weather period.
The weekend just gone, I attended my last festival of the season, SW4. Although rain was forecast I remained optimistic and wore my black retro Nike high top trainers. The sunshine fought valiantly to stay out but the rain hit in the early afternoon. After mud skating for most of the day, you can imagine the state of my shoes when I checked out the damage in the morning. They were not even machine washable, they just went straight in the bin. Needless to say, if in doubt always go with your trusty wellies. My Hunter pair have kept me dry footed on many occasions and are so easy to wipe clean.
With the intermittent showers and ever changeable weather at the moment I really dislike when I am wearing pumps and my feet get wet whilst trying to avoid the mammoth puddles. My solution is the trusty ankle boot, they are cooler than the knee high version but also protect your tootsies when that sudden downpour hits. I have several pairs in various shades and fabrics. My current favourites are my black brogue pair from Russell and Bromley and my chocolate brown snakeskin pair from my trip to Spain over the winter.
Another shoe style which is perfect for Autumn is the trusty loafer. The leather and closed in style protects your feet better than the more summer appropriate espadrille or sandal and you can be really adventurous with the colours especially if the weather is chilly but blue skied. I recently bought the below pair which I love. The rich burgandy hue is warming and can be worn with skinny chinos for work or paired with a little black dress if you are hitting the town at the weekend.
For nights out, in the autumn I do not feel comfortable wearing strappy stillettos. That is really one of my pet peeves when you see women walking around on a cold evening in a small dress and shoes which are like torture devices of straps and buckles. Wearing a chic coat will not ruin your outfit and you can do the big reveal when you reach your desired destination. Surely that is much more appealing than uncontrollably shivering!
The key to autumnal dressing is layering. It is much easier to take off a cardigan or light knit sweater then it is to be cold in the office. Ankle boots or closed in heels are the perfect transition from day to evening. Lastly imagine how chic you will look rocking that amazing pair of sunnies in the crisp September afternoon! After all the world looks better when you are hidden behind your latest glamorous eyewear 😀