The flip-flops probably aren’t going to be much use once autumn really takes hold, and so what do you put on your feet? You might not want to go straight from sandals to boots, so here’s a look at our pick of the best daytime shoes around – styles that would be perfect whether you’re heading to work or for a mosey around the shops. The biggest thing you’ll probably notice from the list is that footwear has undoubtedly taken a step back in time during 2015. If you want to step out in style this season, you need to look to the past for inspiration, whether that means giving a nod to the noble days of the brogue or 70s loafer love or going back to your school days in plimsolls or dolly shoes.
Brogues are big news right now, which is good news because they are so incredibly easy to wear. Team with skirts, trousers or jeans for a multitude of occasions, and as long as you break them in first, you should be able to walk miles, making them an ideal choice for an autumn city break or a pre-Christmas shopping trip. Some of the best buys around include the surprisingly affordable KG Kurt Geiger Tan ‘Laker’ Flat Lace Up Brogue, just £49 at Debenhams, Million Dollar Leather Brogues, £35 at Asos, and Women’s Red or Dead Navy Rosie Flats, £65 at Schuh. Loafers are a top option for autumn 2015. Go for patent leather and chunky soles for a retro look, or opt for a matte effect or suede for super-style that’s perfect for the office. Check out Schuh’s Break the Rules Flats for £40, or the supremely cool Faith Tan Flare Heal Loafers, £34 at Next.
Of course, ballerina pumps are another option, but how about trying out something a bit different from the usual common or garden variety, styles such as the Nude Snake Effect Simple Slippers, a clever £22 ballerina/loafer combo from Next, or another combination in the form of New Look’s Pointed Brogue Pumps, on sale for only £12.99? There is lots more mixing and matching going on in the footwear departments this season too. Some of the combos are hard to imagine, but have a look and you’ll see that they actually do work. Good examples include New Look’s loafer-inspired Black Fringed Buckle Strap Plimsolls, a steal at £19.99, and the show-stopping Monk Shoes, available in a variety of colours for £29 from Topshop. Autumn also gives grown-up women the chance to go back to their schoolgirl roots, with trendy T-bars aplenty, ranging from Topshop’s Gabrielle T-bar Geek Shoes, priced at £28, to Warehouse T-bar Flat Shoes, £28 from Asos, in a great patent oxblood colour that will go with anything. Plimsolls aren’t just for PE either, with the shops filled with schooltime sneakers of every description, whether you want them in glittering gold or traditional black. Whilst not ideal for a rainy autumn day, they’re the perfect dress-down solution for sunny afternoons in the park or a stroll on the beach. Our favourites include Zara’s Shiny Sneakers, priced at £29.99, and the ever-popular Converse All Stars Oxford Trainers with a colourful paint splatter design, £50 at Schuh.