15 classic leopard flats: the ultimate investment shoe

It’s easy to identify the hardest working shoes in your wardrobe: they’re the ones with the sole that’s been replaced more than once, and that also appear in multiple photos at birthday parties and special occasions. For me, those shoes are my Belle by Sigerson Morrison leopard print T-bar pumps (pictured below). I remember them being to delivered to me when I worked at The Times, so I must have bought them at least 6 years ago, and they still look good as new (except for perhaps that serially replaced sole!).

En Brogue wearing Belle by Sigerson Morrison leopard flats

They’re not my only leopard print flats either; I also had the opportunity a few years ago to collaborate on the design of a shoe with Jemima Vine (below; a fledgling brand that is sadly no longer going). The idea was to produce my ultimate dress shoe, and I didn’t hesitate in deciding that leopard print absolutely had to be included.

En Brogue wearing leopard flats

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On reflection, this is weird, because I’m not one of those people who is really into leopard. I have one leopard camisole from Ganni, but no leopard print faux furs, no leopard bags – I don’t even have a leopard print silk slip skirt. I have friends that wear loads of the stuff and look fantastic in it, but generally speaking, it’s not really my style. When it comes to shoes, however, I just can’t get enough of it. On a pointy Mary Jane, you’ve got the ultimate dress shoe, on a slipper or loafer, something boyish with a fancy flourish. One of the most surprising things is that leopard print shoes seem to go with everything – even other prints! So as my two favourite pairs are no longer available, I thought I would round up the best dressy leopard flats from the new season. There’s something for every budget here, and don’t forget to check out the ‘wear with’ section at the end for some new season styling tips.

1. Free People leopard lace-ups, £108 (freepeople.com); 2. Aldo leopard mules, £60 ([AD] aldoshoes.com); 3. Russell & Bromley leopard sneakers, £225 (russellandbromley.co.uk)

4. Penelope Chilvers ‘Jungle’ leopard sneaker, £199 (penelopechilvers.com); 5. Vans leopard Slip-Ons, £60 (pampamlondon.com); 6. Topshop ‘Aubrey’ leopard ankle boots, £79 ([AD] topshop.com)

7. Dune ‘Gisellaa’ leopard loafers, £33 ([AD] dunelondon.com); 8. adidas Superstar sneakers, £84.99 ([AD] offspring.co.uk); 9. Boden ‘Evie’ leopard flats, from £85 ([AD] boden.co.uk)

10. Anthropologie ‘Maruti’ leopard loafers, £100 (anthropologie.com); 11. J Crew ‘Poppy’ two-strap leopard flats, £228 (jcrew.com); 12. Joseph leopard print ankle boots, £535 ([AD] farfetch.com)

13. Hush ‘Leo’ trainers, £170 ([AD] hush-uk.com); 14. Madewell ‘The Remi’ leopard mules, £76.65 (madewell.com); 15. Re/Done + Weejuns leopard loafers, £310 (net-a-porter.com)

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WEAR WITH…

CLASSICS

I love to mix a stripe with leopard print, and you really can’t go wrong with a trench coat (another great investment piece). This look would work with any of the shoes in my edit, from trainers to ankle boots.

People Tree dress, £75 ([AD] peopletree.co.uk); Stelar bag, £235 (thisisstelar.com); Marks & Spencer trench, £99 ([AD] marksandspencer.com)

EVENINGWEAR

My Sigerson Morrison T-bar pumps are some of my most useful shoes for special occasions. The shoes I’ve featured from Boden (9) and J Crew (11) would be a particularly nice pairing for this outfit.

Arket washed satin slip dress, £89 (arket.com); Machete Clare earrings, £45 (cissywears.com); COS black leather bag, £79 ([AD] cosstores.com)

STATEMENT

I realise that a leopard shoe is quite a statement in itself, but if you love a print clash, like I do, then this might appeal to you! These trousers do actually have a matching jacket, but it’s currently sold out. If the leopard + leopard is too much for you, just wear a longer top that covers the waistband of the trousers.

P.S. This Kate T-shirt from Weekday is my new favourite thing! The absolute perfect shape if you’re more on the petite side.

Monki long dressy coat in deep forest, £50 ([AD] monki.com); Weekday ‘Kate’ T-shirt, £12 ([AD] weekday.com); Topshop tartan trousers, £39 ([AD] topshop.com)