The Seven AW21 Footwear Trends to Know For a Stylish Season

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As much as we love our trusted Birkenstocks and Dad sandals, unfortunately the temperature is dropping, our wardrobes are evolving and it’s time to switch things up.  This season, the shoe is making a real style statement, cementing itself as not just an accessory, but a piece to work your outfit around. So, from elevated loafers to shining metallic shoes (and everything in between), here’s the pairs to look to for a chic flourish.

AW21 Footwear Trends

Luxe Loafers

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Loafers have far left their once ‘geek chic’ affiliations, and are now a practical, comfortable, dare we say it – stylish go-to for the fashion pack. Seeing as they’ve cemented themselves as a firm favourite, with brands such as Russell & Bromley, Stuart Weitzman and Oliver Sweeney all creating their own version.

Shop Russell & Bromley Black Leather Winchester Loafers – £85

Oliver Sweeney Neutral Snake Sofia Loafer- £89

Clarks Silver Metallic Hamble Loafers – £33

Statement Courts

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Let’s face it. You’ve probably missed wearing heels, yet haven’t quite built up the tolerance that you once had. The perfect way to ease yourself back in? A statement pair of courts. This season, the go-to staple is being reinvented as the focal point of ensembles, and whatever heel height you may prefer, it’s the ultimate finishing touch for a considered-yet-effortless effect.

L.K. Bennett Tan and Black Zebra Print Court – £125

Kate Spade Pale Gold Sterling Pumps – £115

Hobbs London Read Leather Alison Court Shoes – £75

Metallic Shoes

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Add some glitz and glamour to your everyday footwear, be it a levelled up pair of trainers or a show stopping boots combination. There’s no such thing as too shiny or sparkly, so make a pair of metallic footwear your fashion priority this season, and turn heads in the most stylish of ways.

UGG Metallic Gold Abree Mini Stardust Boots – £95

Paul Smith Silver Metallic Leather Basso Sneakers – £139

Tabitha Simmons Silver Metallic Hudson Heeled Sandals – £199

Hiking Boots

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Even if long walks aren’t your thing (guilty, as charged), hiker boots are a serious style must for this season. Whether used for practicality or as a fashion choice, you can always count on Timberland for extra cool point, or go for a more contemporary option – we have plenty on offer from AllSaints.

Timberland Dark Port Courmayeur Valley Yellow Boots – £85

AllSaints Khaki Croc Print Fanka Hiking Boots – £125

AllSaints Tan Suede Isaac Hiking Boots – £125

Power Platforms

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We all know 70’s fashion is having somewhat of a revival (we’ve already booked our hair appointment for a shaggy haircut), so step out in a pair of platform shoes and add some height, as well as a retro flair to your repertoire in these forever-on-trend pairings.

Stella McCartney Transparent Platform Brogues – £215

Tabitha Simmons Navy Croc Embossed Patton Platform Sandals – £195

Vivienne Westwood Flame Connect Platform Sandals £75

Knee High Boots

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One thing we’ll always know? Knee high boots + autumn = a fashion match made in heaven. Whether you dare to go for an over-the-knee style or prefer to keep it classic with a signature black or brown offering, they look great on top of skinny jeans, or with your favourite dress for an effortless-day-to-evening look.

Maje Black Fotui Vinyl Heeled Thigh High Boot – £165

Geox Brown Leather New Asheel Knee High Boots – £99

Hobbs London Black Suede Lizzie Knee Boots – £149

Elevated Slippers

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Seeing as spending more time at home has now become a permanent fixture in our lives (thank you, flexible working), there’s no need to sacrifice on stylish footwear just because we’re stuck inside the house. Invest in a luxe pair of slippers to add a chic flourish to your loungewear.

Aus Wooli Light Grey Sorrento Slipper Sandals – £43

Australia Luxe Frost Blue Closed Mule Luxe Sheepskin Slippers – £39

No. Eleven Khaki Sheepskin Dual Band Slides – £35

Words: Maria Loizou