Ankles a go go.
And I can't stop thinking about androgyny. Now the bestie and I were talking about something fashion related the other day and she was bemoaning the fact that it all tends to be rather manly. Lots of takes on tailoring, colours are all very work like, no frippery, very few frills. Not her bag. I am in heaven.
So whilst I have been living in my sneakers recently (I don't think anyone can say I haven't had my money's worth from my Golden Goose) and am very much looking forward to cracking out the winter boots, it looks like we have a couple of weeks (at least) of good weather where we can still bare the ankles.
To be honest, I find - unless it's howling rain or we're knee deep in snow, in this country, so long as you're warm, toasty and wrapped up well on your top half, honestly the ankles don't get that chilly.
We can be wearing these well into the Winter and they're also perfect Spring wear too. I'm talking a more formal shoe. All hail the loafer or the brogue or even a hybrid version of the two. I mean a more manly take on a shoe.
These look amazing with either smart trousers (I have these coming up soon...just fabulous teamed with sleek knitwear and cardigan or coat) or simply jeans, knit or shirt and a blazer. Chuck on a big scarf and I promise, your precious ankles won't get cold.
They also look great with opaques and a short leather skirt. Ditto the knitwear on top and this time, throw on a cape. They really are possibly more versatile than you think. I also love the fact they can give a completely different look to an outfit that you'd normally wear with sneakers or boots.
Starting with some new in from Seven Boot Lane. Love with white jeans - I'd put a black knitted polo neck and long chunky cardigan and you're off. Perfect for school run, for lunch, for any occasion. Although these are masculine, the ponyskin does soften the look somewhat.
Estelle in polished leather Seven Boot Lane £130 Unashamedly masculine this time.
Again a style that we're used to - a classic brogue but this time, instead of paring it back, FCUK have pimped their shoe with studs. And still with the 20% off till this evening = AW20ST (which reminds me - I must go and order the grey jumper with leather shoulders)
Marissa Embellished Leather Brogue £110
Another variation again at FCUK - prices are pre discount.
Maeko Metal Brogues £110
Taking chunkier into the next zone of clumpy. I have a feeling this is the way footwear may be going in the next year or two. These remind me of my school shoes in the late 80s. Boy did I love them. We are one step of Bros.
Anniston Fudge from Clarks £75
Anniston Vale from Clarks £75
Lace ups this time and these are going to be completely marmite. I absolutely love them. Even more so than the ones above. A slightly brothel creeper edge to them? The new style of flatform.
Glick Darby in black leather £60
They also have them in the champagne leather, £60
Or do I prefer these from ASOS.. I think maybe I do.
ASOS Matched leather brogues £45 - great price
And again at Finery -Seville Leather Lace up shoes £99 Chunky definitely does seem to be the way forward.
The other option if you're looking for a pair that are slightly left of ordinary is a change of colour. These are much more the style of what we're used to but the colour is much more out there. Absolutely gorgeous and super versatile.
Leather Colour Block Lace up loafers from Best of British at M&S £165
And whilst we're here - to show just how great they can look with a skirt or dress, mixing up the more feminine with an androgynous edge.
And in the navy mix
Sticking with what we're used to - the safe, reliable but still perfect options.
Taylor Spring black combi leather from Clarks £50
More classic styles at French Connection - again, remember the discount.
Lonnis Ponyskin and leather loafers £99
If you're not sure about this style and do just want to give it a try - then a pair of non leather ones for much less money might be a good idea. And ASOS have also started doing Wide Fit which I know lots of people will find very useful. (if you don't have wide feet then I find if you size down a size/half a size it pans out the same)
ASOS Moscow Wide fit brogues £35 (it has been pointed out to me that these are in fact leather! For £35...amazing) - love the colour of these. Actually I haven't come across that many oxblood shoes this season when normally there is a plethora of them. These have reminded me how much I like them.
A glossy forest green shade - ASOS Magic Touch Pointed Loafer £25
So are you a fan of the androgynous shoe? I am going to be wearing my old suede Oxford brogues tomorrow - totally inspired to ring the changes.
Outfit from Friday night - dinner party with friends. And the new Sandro top which I snaffled from Bicester which was a total bargain at £28 and means I don't need to get the FCUK one now. Result! (still getting the grey jumper though which I can wear during the day and for nights out, hopefully....)
Black satin and linen top - Sandro
Black leather leggings - hush
Black fringe boots - Zara
Gold stud clutch bag - Coccinelle
Matching gold stud leather cuff - Coccinelle
And today for a long walk in the park, hence sneakers were needed and then straight out for a late lunch (no time to change) at the "cowboy restaurant" (Smith & Western - a local version of TGI's) as The Husband wanted to get back in time for the rugby...