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15 square toe shoes and boots you will LOVE

I harp on and on about pointed toes being a great way of lengthening your legs when you’re wearing flat shoes, but this season there’s a new contender when it comes to the elongated toe shape du jour: the square.

Showcased at Victoria Beckham’s AW18 show (above), this shape of shoe has a similarly flattering effect as an almond or pointed toe when used on a ballet pump, but also adds a much cooler vibe to a loafer or ankle boot than a round toe would.

1. Charles & Keith square toe loafers, £45 ([AD] charleskeith.com); 2 (and top) Victoria Beckham ‘Daxton’ shoes, £675 (victoriabeckham.com); 3. Boden ‘Erin’ loafers, £80 ([AD] boden.co.uk)

As you can see, the Victoria Beckham versions aren’t in most people’s budget, lovely as they are, so I thought I would round up 14 other options for you. I have a similar pair to the Charles & Keith white loafers (1), so although I won’t be buying a new pair myself, these and the VB styling has given me the inspiration to wear them differently with a long patterned dress and chunky knitwear.

4. Free People ‘Vixen’ square toe ballet pumps, £88 ([AD] freepeople.com); 5. Clarks Originals ‘Margot’ boots, £150 ([AD] clarks.co.uk); 6. Marks & Spencer square toe loafers, £29.50 ([AD] marksandspencer.com)

I also love the way the Free People (4) and Miista (7) pumps look with a slightly cropped pair of trousers. Remember, flashing a bit of ankle is always more flattering, so make the most of this mild autumn weather while you can. When the temperature drops though, Clarks Originals has you covered with its gorgeous Margot range; choose from butter soft ankle boots (5) or fluffy lined mules (14).

7. Miista ‘Coraline’ croc leather flats, £200 (miista.com); 8. Chloe square toe loafers, £379 reduced from £445 ([AD] farfetch.com); 9. Zara white lace-ups, £55.99 (zara.com)

A loafer shape is probably my favourite way to wear a square toe, and many this season also have a bow feature which will carry them nicely into party season. Chloe’s matt gold pair (8) are the stuff of dreams, but Office (10) and H&M (15) have some black patent loafers, which have a far more reasonable price tag to boot.

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10. Office ‘Friend’ square toe loafers, £69 ([AD] office.co.uk); 11. Mango slit leather shoes, £69.99 ([AD] mango.com); 12. Massimo Dutti green suede loafers, £69.95 (massimodutti.com)

If a full square-off is a bit much for you, look for something that’s not as angular with rounded corners, like Boden’s red loafers (3) and Marks & Spencer’s yellow pair (6); the softer finish will take the edge off. As usual, I’ve included a range of prices here, so there’s something for every budget. And scroll down for my top three suggestions of how to wear them.

13. Free People ‘Margaret’ square toe flats, £118 (freepeople.com); 14. Clarks Originals ‘Margot’ mules, £120 ([AD] clarks.co.uk); 15. H&M loafers, £24.99 (hm.com)

WEAR WITH

A midi skirt and oversized jumper

Get that Victoria Beckham slouchy look with a great big jumper and a floaty skirt. I have this one from Baukjen and I LOVE it. The COS jumper is on my shopping list…

Baukjen ‘Annabelle’ skirt, £99 ([AD] baukjen.com); COS alpaca blend jumper, £70 ([AD] cosstores.com); & Other Stories lattice leather bag, £135 ([AD] stories.com)

Checked trousers and a camel coat

I’m looking forward to winter so I can wear my Mango teddy bear coat from last year again, only this year I will be pairing it with checked trousers. Marks & Spencer has a great, affordable version if you’re in the market for some teddy bear action.

Marks & Spencer teddy bear coat, £89 ([AD] marksandspencer.com); Madewell denim shirt, £72 (johnlewis.com); Arket checked trousers, £69 (arket.com)

Autumnal tones

A square toe will elevate your usual get-up to something a bit more chic. The Zara white lace-ups would look particularly lovely with this outfit, I think.

Boden Breton top, £28 ([AD] boden.co.uk); People Tree velvet dungarees, £119 (peopletree.co.uk); Cambridge Satchel Company saddle bag, £120 ([AD] cambridgesatchel.com)

As usual, I’d love to know what you think, so please leave comments below!

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