When I wrote in our Who What Wear Slack group last week that I was planning to pop in to M&S on my way to work to try all its latest shoes for research, it was met with exclaims and admissions of how highly my fellow editors rate the high-street hero’s footwear. “I have such a soft spot for M&S shoes” and “the comfort insoles are the one” are just a couple of examples. I consider myself a loyal fan as well since some of my longest-lasting, most-loved pairs have been bought there in the past.
It’s not just the huge range available—from ballet flats to boots and everything in between—or the fact that the M&S design team seems to get it just right—always on-trend but still classic. It’s the quality, comfort and affordability alongside all these things that really set its offering apart for me.
And when I popped in last week, I wasn’t disappointed. The beginning of the season is the best time to shop M&S shoes, with plenty of sizes available in all the best styles. I tried on 20 pairs, but honestly, I could have been there all day trying on endless sandals, loafers, trainers and perfect wedding guest heels.
Below, I’ve picked out my 10 absolute favourites that I’m predicting will sell out by the time the warmer season gets into full swing. There’s plenty of easy-to-wear sandals I can see myself wearing with everything from dresses to jeans until the end of summer, as well as chic ballet flats and transitional spring loafers perfect for wearing right now. Keep scrolling to see my verdict and shop.
1. Leather Strappy Flat Sandals
I've had my eye on these fisherman sandals for a while now, as they're such an expensive-looking high-street option, but they've been sold out. Luckily, it seems like they're back in stock in some sizes online and in-store, so run, don't walk.
I was seriously impressed by how comfy and smart these loafers felt. They have M&S's famous Insolia Flex technology, so they basically feel like wearing clouds. Made from responsibly sourced leather, they also come in half sizes, which is always helpful.
4. Leather Footbed Sandals
5. Leather Ring Detail Flat Sliders
Whether you opt for the fresh white or beige option of these classic slip-on sandals, they're the kind of shoes that elevate any outfit. You'll wear them year after year, and they look particularly good with wide-leg trousers for summer, here or on the beach. I found them to be slightly narrow when trying, but my feet are on the wider side, and I often find the leather on M&S shoes softens and moulds to your foot after a few wears.
6. Leather Cleated Flatform Loafers
I could have walked straight out of the shop with these on my feet. They're exactly the transitional spring shoes I've been looking for to wear right now and just so, SO comfy (just look at those padded heels).
7. Leather Block-Heel Slingback Shoes
These are another pair of truly classic shoes that work perfectly for this time of year. I love these with a jeans outfit and a simple blazer or trench, but they also work with skirts and dresses for summer. They have Insolia cushioning, so although they have a small heel, you could easily spend all day in them.
8. Leather Flat Toe Loop Sandals
When I walked into the M&S shoe section, these were the first sandals I picked up. They're so understated and timeless, and since they're from the polished Autograph range, the leather was beautiful quality. In my opinion, they could easily pass for a designer pair.
9. Leather Buckle Platform Clogs
Clogs are high on many fashion people's 2022 wish lists, but I'm not sure I'm fully on board yet. These, however, I can work with. They're the perfect nod to the trend, but with the platform heel and open toe, they're a lot easier to style. If you're looking for comfortable, chic sandals to wear to weddings this year, don't sleep on these.
10. Leather Ballet Pumps
M&S ballet flats are almost unbelievably comfortable, so I always buy mine from here. This cream pair may be simple but I know I'd get so much wear out of them.