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

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 and definitely no leopard pencil skirts. 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, plus a new ‘wear with’ section at the end, which I will be including in every shopping story from now on. You’re welcome!

1.Gucci Princetown slippers, £675 (net-a-porter.com); 2. Mango animal print leather shoes, £59.99 (mango.com); 3. Karen Millen pony hair flats, £145 (karenmillen.com)

4. Mint Velvet Adele leopard stud flats, £89 (mintvelvet.co.uk); 5. Loewe leopard print loafers, £450 (matchesfashion.com); 6. Russell & Bromley bow trim flats, £225 (russellandbromley.co.uk)

7. Topshop Lemonade sling-backs, £29 (topshop.com); 8. Marc Jacobs sequin leopard flats, £162 (farfetch.com); 9. Dune slippers, £65 (dunelondon.com)

10. Tabitha Simmons Masha leopard slippers, £490 (themodist.com); 11. French Sole Hefner slippers, £200 (frenchsole.com); 12. Free People Seeing Spots flats, £99.95 (freepeople.com)

13. Jimmy Choo Globe flats, £425 (jimmychoo.com); 14. J Crew mules, £158 (jcrew.com); 15. Zara ballerinas, £69.99 (zara.com)


A lot of you have been requesting that I post more about the rest of my outfits, and how to style your flat shoes. Don’t let it be said that I never listen to you! So as well as some features which will focus on me wearing full outfits (‘En Brogue In Full’ – coming soon!), I will also post three outfit options to wear with the style of shoes in my shopping galleries.

I’ve always loved clashing leopard print shoes with Breton stripes, so they feature heavily here! These are all really easy, classic outfits – there’s nothing too trend-led or scary so I hope you’ll find something you like. The first also includes my favourite ever style of jeans: the Levi’s 501 Skinny. I can’t recommend them highly enough – they really are the perfect fit.

Boden Breton stripe top, £28 (boden.co.uk); Levi’s 501 Skinny jeans, £84.99 (zalando.co.uk); Mango yellow suede bag, £49.99 (mango.com)

Fred Perry Bella Freud T-shirt, £50 (fredperry.com); Zara striped linen skirt, £29.99 (zara.com); Olli Ella Bolo bag, £45 (cissywears.com)

COS striped shirt dress, £79 (cosstores.com); Monki yellow denim jacket, £50 (monki.com); & Other Stories nylon socks, £7 (stories.com)