Five leather ‘it’ shoes for Autumn/Winter

Five leather 'it' shoes for Autumn/Winter

Five leather ‘it’ shoes for Autumn/Winter

11th January 2023

By Fiona Ward

Footwear is reaching new heights this season – be it literally, in the stacked-up platforms gracing every red carpet, or figuratively, in the luxe, sophisticated styles that are returning to favour. Here’s our breakdown of the five ‘it’ shoes to look out for this Autumn/Winter…

 

The ultra-platform

We’ve seen the ‘chunky’ aesthetic go mainstream across boots, loafers and trainers, but in recent months, oversized platform sandals and pumps have filtered from high-end to high street. Thanks mostly, no doubt, to Versace’s ‘Medusa’ pumps, complete with a 6.5 inch heel and a 3 inch platform, and Valentino’s sky-high ‘Discobox’ style – measuring in at a 7.1 inch heel and a 3.1 inch platform.

Worn by the likes of Anne Hathaway, Florence Pugh and Zendaya at the glitziest premieres and red carpet events, these mega-platforms have since been reimagined by the likes of Dune London and Russell & Bromley. Pack your plasters.

 

The kooky wedge

Those in search of comfort may be more inspired by 2022’s take on fashion’s sturdiest heel. This year, we’re seeing unusual shapes taking the place of the more predictable extended heel – from Rick Owens’ and Tom Ford’s curved designs with patent accents to Prada’s brushed leather slanted pumps.

Wedge boots are back, too, seen at the likes of Givenchy and – looking ahead –Bottega Veneta for Spring/Summer 2023. Meanwhile Jimmy Choo’s classic ‘Blake’ knee-highs have been given a party twist in a fully-rhinestoned finish.

 

Hey Mary Jane

Combining a number of trends that have been around for some time (namely platform heels and a classic, ‘girly’ aesthetic) the sweet Mary Jane has been resurging for some time – albeit with a 2022 twist.

Many would argue that Prada’s aforementioned ‘Modellerie’ pumps are a modern take on the Mary Jane, while others, including new(ish) brand Nodaleto have leaned into the more maximalist silhouette, with a block heel and thick sole. Since the likes of Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and Emily In Paris actress Camille Razat have driven their popularity through the roof, we reckon we can firmly call Nodaleto’s ‘Bulla Babies’ a cult style.

Mary Janes aren’t confined to womenswear, either, since the likes of Fendi and JW Anderson sent male models in the buckled shoes down their Autumn/Winter runways.

 

Noughties knee boot

While thigh-highs and ankle boots are still popular, knee-highs have been slowly been making their way back to the mainstream over the past few seasons – commonly teamed with shorter hemlines for a distinctly noughties look.

But on the runways, Louis Vuitton showed soft, camel leather numbers, while Saint Laurent added sexy patent stilettos to lace eveningwear for extra edge.

Over on the high street, Arket’s chrome-free tanned ‘Wide-Shafted Leather Boots’ tap into both the knee-high trend and the sculptural heel look, complete with a slanted wedge.

 

Ballet flats are back

The ultimate between-season shoe, the classic ballet pump is firmly back in favour, with the likes of Miu Miu and – of course – Chanel leading the way.

Adding edge with all manner of colours, embellishments and textures, Miu Miu’s ballet flats are a favourite amongst fashion influencers and models – while The Row’s soft and simple slippers are loved by Katie Holmes and Kendall Jenner.

Chanel’s cult classic ballerinas, meanwhile, have been reimagined in Mary Jane form – another trend crossover – as well as various bold leathers, including a metallic pink lambskin.