new year, new shoes: the sales

Oh HELLO old friends! Did you miss me? I took the liberty of having an actual Christmas break where I didn’t even turn on the computer for about a week but I am back! And what better way to see in the new year than doing a bit of shopping? In the first of two posts where I will be encouraging you to reach for your credit cards (sorry!),  I’m looking at my favourite shoes currently available in the sales, and offering a bit of advice to boot.

Now, for me, shopping in the sales isn’t about picking up shoes that weren’t particularly expensive in the first place. Rather, it’s about making an investment buy, and perhaps getting a pair of shoes you saw at the beginning of the season but couldn’t afford at the time. Given that you’ve been lusting after them for four months and there’s now 40% or so off, I reckon you can definitely justify splashing out for that special pair. And your special pair should fall into one of two categories: 1) incredible useful shoes that you will get a good cost-per-wear out of and 2) incredibly beautiful shoes that you adore, even if they’re a bit bonkers and you won’t wear them that often. So read on for some of the best shoes in the sale at some of my favourite stores right now.

Grenson: the useful shoes

Grenson Alice 2
Alice, was £225, now £140,

My Grenson Alice boots are some of the hardest working shoes in my wardrobe. Mine are black with a classic Grenson white sole, but I love these with a black sole too. These boots are really versatile; I’ve worn them with everything from midi-length skirts and bare legs in the summer, to leather trousers and sheepskin insoles in coldest Copenhagen. The Vibram sole provides excellent grip in rain and snow (it was two foot deep in Copenhagen) and they are really hard-wearing, too (I’ve had mine for around 3 years). A no-brainer.

Grenson: the beautiful shoes

Grenson Rose
Rose, was £195, now £130,

Metallic shoes are still going to be hot next season, so are a great thing to pick up in the sales. They are also my go-to for weddings and special occasions, as well as pointy pumps (see below). Rose is a more formal shoe than Alice, so takes a little more wearing in, but is drop-dead gorgeous so totally worth the effort.

Northern Cobbler: the useful shoes

Northern Cobbler Stonefish
Stonefish, sold out but will be back in stock,

White trainers are another trend that is simply going nowhere. In fact, for summer it will be bigger than ever. And as much as I love adidas Stan Smiths, I’ve been seeking out less obvious white trainer styles, particularly since I spotted highly preened fashion editors teaming Stans with furs at Paris fashion week. This particle pair from Northern Cobbler is a favourite of mine and features in my book (En Brogue: The Trainers Guide). I love that they are unbranded, it just looks so much more cool.

Northern Cobbler: the beautiful shoes

Northern Cobbler Nase
Nase, was £225, now £157.50,

Another metallic pair for you, but these have a crepe sole! And you all know how much I love a crepe sole. You just can’t beat it for comfort. These shoes bridge the gap between snazzy and casual, so would work really well with simple outfits like jeans and a sweater, but you could easily wear them with a black dress for an evening out, too.

Shoescribe: the useful shoes

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Agl Attilio Giusti Leombruni, was £250, now £98,

The sale is, in my opinion, one of the best. There’s loads of choice but the edit is really good and you can search by heel height as well as by price. I also love that there are so many niche brands on there that you just don’t see anywhere else, like this very pair that I’ve chosen as my useful pick. Not only will a black patent leather ankle boot be eternally chic, but there’s over 60% off this pair, so they’re practical in a financial sense too. Winner.

Shoescribe: the beautiful shoes

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Christopher Kane, was £395, now £158,

I am practically weeping as I write this because these AH-MAZING Christopher Kane shoes aren’t available in my size, although I am tempted to buy them a half size too big and stuff the toes with cotton wool! There are plenty of other sizes available but at this price (60% off) I don’t expect them to hang about. Christopher Kane is one of the best London designers around, and these feature his signature safety clasp detail, which makes them a design classic and a great investment. Plus they’re dead nice and would go with pretty much any outfit. Sob!

Matches: the useful shoes

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Tabitha Simmons, was £365, now £182,

I do harp on about how you all need a pair of pointy pumps in your repertoire don’t I? But that’s because it’s true! I have two fall-back pairs – one black, one black and leopard print – and I don’t know where I would be without them. Neither were cheap either, because I think with this style of shoe you can really tell if it’s not made of leather, plus a less sturdy shoe will start to turn up on that pointy toe in no time, and no-one wants to look like an elf, especially now it’s not Christmas anymore. So while I know the sale price of these is still not all that cheap, remember that these are your special occasion shoes; the shoes you will be wearing to weddings and parties for years to come. They need to see you through long nights on the dance floor! So it might be worth looking past that cheap leather-look pair in Zara…

Matches: the beautiful shoes

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Nicholas Kirkwood, was £510, now £204,

Another not-so-cheap pair here, but I make no apologies for that (see introduction!). The only time I ever treat myself to designer shoes is when they are in the sale (or I am at Bicester Village). This pair have a similar vibe to a pair of boots I have by the same designer, Nicholas Kirkwood, which I love. The fact that they’re monochrome makes them really versatile, but they’ve still got bags of wow factor, meaning they pep up any outfit. They also have a comfy rubber sole as a bonus.

Penelope Chilvers: the useful shoes

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Berkley, was £179, now £89,

Bubbling under the surface at the moment is a trend for these Wallabee-style shoes. Of course, you could get yours from Clarks, or you could head to Penelope Chilvers for something a bit different instead (it’s worth noting that there are some smashing men’s ones too, which I am sad don’t come in ladies’ sizes but might be worth mentioning to the man in your life). It’s actually not easy to find navy shoes, but they’re very handy if you can find a pair as they’re a less harsh option than black.

Penelope Chilvers: the beautiful shoes

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Dandy, was £245, now £119,

Is there anything more fancy than a pair of velvet smoking slippers emblazoned with palm trees? Probably not. But you’d be surprised how easy these are to wear (check out Alex from The Frugality in her similar pair, for example) – I’d pair them with tatty ripped jeans and bare ankles.

Check back tomorrow when I’ll be picking my favourite NEW season styles. Oh, and happy new year!