I’m really happy that the footwear world is currently embracing fringed shoes. Traditional kilties (the technical name for that decorative leather fringe) were originally developed to keep shoes and laces dry from dewy grass on golf courses, but the fringed shoe du jour comes as a loafer or Mary Janes, which, having no laces, must be sporting the fringe for no other reason than as a fancy flourish. I like its style.
My personal kiltie collection: Grenson Ethel shoes (old; new season colours available at grenson.co.uk); Toast two-tone shoes (old).
The great thing about this season is that there are loads of different loafer styles, from more feminine, slim silhouettes which are perfect to pair with a skirt or dress, to chunky proportions that look great with jeans. I’m really into the two-tone options – see Boden and Burberry for details – and as with most styles of shoe, you can’t beat a clean white pair (my favourites are from GH Bass, number 15). Backless loafers are still having a moment, a hangover from last year (thanks to Gucci), and I’ve even found a pair with a peep toe if you’re already thinking about a summer shoe purchase. As usual, I’ve tried to cater for every budget here, and there’s a really affordable surprise bonus at the end.
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If you’re not in line for a new pair of shoes but want to get on board with this look, try buying a pair of kilties and adding them to an existing pair of shoes (just attach them to some shoes using the laces). Office has a very affordable option which would also look cool on white trainers, but I love the choice at Uptown Yardie. These printed ones are reversible, so it’s basically two for the price of one, but it’s worth checking out the website for more subtle and affordable versions, too.