I think it’s important to be picky about high street shoes. The fact is better-quality shoes last longer, feel more comfortable and tend to look better. Really cheap shoes are most likely to be poorly manufactured, prone to falling apart and lacking in the important details that make a design look flattering and elegant: one of my pet peeves about some high street shoes is that the toes look like they turn up at the end—it’s a dead giveaway.
But I’m aware that not everyone is willing or able to save up for prices shoes that you get mended by a cobbler on repeat and that sometimes the easiest way to get an entirely new look and revitalise your old clothes is to buy affordable, stylish shoes. So, I’m a pretty reliable (read: fussy) source if you want quality footwear that don’t cost a fortune. Here are the autumn styles I would recommend...
From the velcro strap to the square toe, these are chock-full of design features considering they're only £50.
SJP would be in love, right?
I have these and they're SO comfy. Plus, they're on sale right now.
It's the slightly lower-than-usual stilettos that put these ones on the chic list.
Come to mama you beautiful things.
None of this brand's shoes are leather, so that will really tick the vegan box for some! Others will just appreciate how sophisticated they are.
You could pretend there were vintage and no one would know any better…
These are coming soon: I've seen them in the flesh and they're really quite fab, especially when scrunched down a little.
Excellent work shoes that will still garner compliments.
I know these look bizarre in the still life picture, but trust me, they are awesome on. Swap in brown OTKs for black this season and all of last year's clothes will receive a facelift!
Pure cuteness from Zara, and they're real leather. I think they'll look fantastic with raw-hem jeans.
The coolest coloured cowboy boots I've seen on the high street to date.
The comfiest and prettiest way to party, our whole team is a big fan of Kurt Geiger's jazzy flats.
I love the split detailing here, as well as the elegant almond toe, sensible heel height and autumnal tones. Ticking all boxes.
I'm letting you in on one of my biggest secrets here: French catalogue La Redoute is so good for cheaper shoes.
If you're still interested in sandals, these are the most grown-up and classy ones around.
Your feet will be so happy you bought these: good quality, comfortable, and they go with literally everything.
Add another "0" to the price tag and that's what you'd be paying for a designer version of this kind of boot.
Quirky and elaborate, sometimes the best high street shoes are the most glitzy and ridiculous ones. I heart these.
Perfect shade of red, perfectly unexpected block heel.
Sculptural heels are having a moment but I think they look most expensive when lower, like these Topshop pumps.
It's the wider cut on the ankle that makes these white ankle boots look that little bit more considered.
Do you know how hard it is to find navy shoes? That's why I've included these little saviours.