We all know the virtues of a great pair of skinny jeans or a perfectly cut tuxedo jacket, but there are certain less-than-obvious fashion items that can also contend as fashion classics every girl should consider: leopard shoes being a very important one.
They're the kind of common item that even wildly different dressers will have in their closets in one form or another. Tomboyish Alexa Chung is as partial to a pair of kitty-print pumps (when she's not wearing these amazing £30 patent courts from Zara, that is) as Chloë Sevigny is to a chunky pair of ocelot-patterned platforms. And—good news if you're forever a fan—leopard print is heading back onto the fashion menu for autumn/winter 2016 in a big way, and the easiest way to step into the trend is, quite literally, with a pair of shoes.
So as these fine feline specimens are starting to drop in-store, here's our pick of the pack. Go through the gallery to shop the seven best pairs of leopard-print shoes, from ankle boots through to summer sandals.
Hello, boardroom-busting new shoes.
All of the extra detailing on these makes them feel super special.
For the foxiest heels in leopard print, Jimmy Choo shall always be relied upon.
A neutral pedi is totally the leopard-print shoe's best friend.
These two-strap sandals are the subtlest way to tap into the trend.
These cult-followed boots are surprisingly wearable with everything.