In the world of women's shoes, I long held an underlying frustration with the lack of clean-lined, classic styles on offer. Men's shoes always seemed to have this polished timelessness that I so craved from my shoe purchases. Why was it so hard to find a well-designed lace-up without all the bells and whistles? Then along came Church's.
The brand is hardly a new addition to the shoe scene (it dates back to the 19th century), but I didn't fall in love with Church's achingly chic designs until I discovered them on the feeds of timeless trendsetters such as Lizzy Hadfield and Brittany Bathgate. The brand's shoes cover everything from loafers to sturdy boots. It really is a flat-shoe lover's dream.
You know that these are the sort of shoes that will truly stand the test of time and will look incredible whether you're 18 or 80 years old. The penny loafer is a personal fave, and I wear mine with everything from jeans to mini dresses to tailored trousers. I also have my eye on the knee-high flat boot, which will feel particularly 2021 when paired with a black mini and roll-neck. But whatever your preferred aesthetic, I can guarantee there'll be a classic shoe to suit your style. Scroll down to see and shop Church's best footwear staples.