I’ve just finished London Fashion Week and I’m pleased to report that flats are still big news on the catwalk. PHEW! So I thought I would round up some of my favourite runway styles for you. And while some of you might want to save up your pennies to buy the swoon-worthy real McCoy (some of these are available right now, you don’t even have to wait until actual autumn if you have the cash), I imagine most of you would prefer to spend a little less on something that has a similar vibe. With this in mind, I’ve found some high street dead ringers for each of my favourite styles. YOU’RE WELCOME GUYS!
Christopher Kane’s yellow trainers
Pic credit: Christopher Kane/Instagram
Mr Kane’s safety buckle trainers have been on my wish list for quite some time now, and now he’s done them in bright yellow I am VERY tempted to break open the piggy bank. Very tempted indeed! Although they are almost save up-able at £345 (and available to buy now here), I have a mortgage to pay and we’re getting the kitchen done (#priorities), so I may well be getting a yellow fix from Asic’s Gel-Kayano trainers instead. If it’s the safety buckle that gets your heart racing, watch this space as I am planning a whole blog post on the subject.
Asics Gel-Kayano trainers, £110, asicstiger.com
(NB: Christopher Kane also showed Crocs again on the catwalk, but let’s not mention that. Especially since I have taken to wearing my Mum’s every time I am at her house because they are so comfortable DAMN THEM! But pretend you didn’t hear me say that)
Preen’s red pixie boots
Picture credit: Preen by Thornton Bregazzi/Instagram
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi (to give them their full name) showed pixie boots in every colour you could imagine, including a shade of electric purple that I was obsessed with when I was twelve and that I still have a pair of Converse in (insert thoughtful face emoji here). They also showed pointy buckle shoes with matching ankle socks that looked so much like ankle boots, I can’t actually tell if the image here is the shoes or the boots! But you get the 80s gist. Topshop currently has some red sock-style ankle boots in that vibrant shade of scarlet. FYI, sock boots are definitely a thing for next season.
Klash sock boots, £45, topshop.com
Roksanda x Malones Soulier’s yellow pumps
Malones Souliers did a presentation at London Fashion Week where they actually made a shoe! In front of your eyes! Brilliant. They’ve also collaborated with Roksanda on these ah-mazing pointy flats. (Do you see a yellow theme emerging here? It’s not just because I am obsessed with yellow, honest. There really were lots of yellow shoes!) These will be available to buy online from June. I know I’ve featured the Finery pumps below before in my office flats shopping guide (read that here), but they’re the closest I can find at the moment. Give it time though; I’m sure we won’t be able to move for yellow pointy pumps come summer!
Fawn sling-backs, £79, finerylondon.com
Peter Pilotto’s snazzy smoking slippers
Peter Pilotto (which is actually, confusingly, designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, who must be incredibly shy/modest to let PP have the brand name all to himself) was a cracking show, although the amazing interior design of the setting almost overshadowed the clothing. That didn’t stop these lovely smoking slippers catching my eye though. Velvet (see also Osman below) is pretty easy to find on the high street now, having already been big news around Christmas (so you might even find something in the sale! I know Kurt Geiger had a smashing blue-grey pair that aren’t online anymore but might be in store) and keep an eye on French Sole for some fab motif slippers coming out later in the year. Right now though, head to Zara.
Velvet shoes, £29.99, zara.com
Osman’s velvet loafers
These have a more chunky vibe than most loafers which I love (for something similar in shape, try these from Penelope Chilvers) but it’s that dusky pink colour that I’m really into. Which is weird, because I don’t usually like pink. But these isn’t far off pickled ginger, and you all know I love pickled ginger! The catwalk shoes are a collaboration with Jimmy Choo, so they won’t be cheap (but they will be beaut!). If you want a does of dusty rose, try Office.
Possum bow loafers, £69, office.co.uk
Margaret Howell’s running shoes
After a little investigating, I’ve discovered that the trainers on the catwalk at Margaret Howell were from a little known Japanese brand called Mizuno. This is great news because I don’t even need to give you a high street alternative. They are very reasonably priced! I’ve found them – or at least some that look just like them – on Zalando. Bonus!
Mizuno Synchro Mx 2, £84.99, zalando.co.uk
I’d love to know what your favourites are, both on and off the catwalk. Let me know in the comments below!