cut out and keep

If you’ve looked for a new pair of shoes in Topshop recently, you wouldn’t have been able to escape the plethora of cut out boots on the shelves (it currently has eight different styles on its website in the low heel section alone). The trend for this well-ventilated footwear originated last year at Balenciaga, but has finally started to catch on on the high street. 

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Miley Cyrus (I know, I was surprised too!) wearing Balenciaga

It’s a look that works best with no socks, but as that’s not really an option on a day like today when London is shrouded in freezing fog, take heart in the fact that they also look great with thick black tights, or with a plain, ribbed sock on show.

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AJ cut out heavy ankle boots, £95, topshop.com BUY ME HERE!

This first pair from Topshop are a dead ringer for the Balenciaga originals but at only £95, are a fraction of the price. I love that chunky hardware on the buckles and the zip up the back.

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ACTON clean buckle boots, £78, topshop.com BUY ME HERE!

For something a little less goth, Topshop also has these smart burgundy boots. That little gold toe-cap is a lovely detail, and they look pretty comfortable too.

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Shakuhachi riding boot, £258.96, farfetch.com BUY ME HERE!

If you have a little more cash to splash and would rather never be caught wearing the same shoes as anyone else, these luxurious Shakuhachi boots might be for you. Farfetch.com is a brilliant website that brings together the best designer boutiques from around the world. If you bought this particular pair of boots, they’d be shipped to you from American Rag in L.A. Exclusive!

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Folk Lily shoes, £375, folkclothing.com BUY ME HERE!

Finally, I’m going to break a few rules. These are a shoe rather than a boot but I like their two-tone multi-texture loveliness so much that I had to include them. Also, they have a very small wedge, so I suppose technically they’re not entirely flat, but as it’s party season and we’re only talking about an inch, I’m feeling OK about it. Especially since I’ve imagined myself wearing them with some grey ribbed tights and a checked shirt dress…

in your dreams

Now and then, it’s nice to have a little lust after something you can’t have. No, I’m not talking about Daniel Craig in Skyfall (Mr Brogue will be relieved to hear that) but beautifully crafted high end shoes that I can’t afford. The label I keep coming back to recently for a lunch time swoon is Italian brand Pollini.

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£404.83, farfetch.com

It’s no wonder that Pollini’s shoes, like these fabulous two-toned boots, are so covetable. The brand’s creative director is Nicholas Kirkwood, who trained at London’s world renowned Cordwainers College (which has been teaching the art of crafting shoes and leather goods since 1887) and has won many accolades including Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards for his self-titled own brand.

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colour block Chelsea boot

I love how Kirkwood has reworked the classic Chelsea boot style, particularly on this second pair with their navy toe and bright yellow sole (regular En Brogue readers will know I am a sucker for a pop of colour). It’s probably a good job, then, that this style has now sold out, so I won’t have a new purchase to feel guilty about. They’ll just have to remain the boots of my dreams.