We know, we know—this fashion game is a fickle thing. While you're just figuring out what to wear with espadrilles and working up to splash out on those must-have summer sandals, we're already thinking about what our feet are going to be decked in come autumn (hint: not espadrilles or sandals, so get as much wear out of them now as you possibly can).
But it pays to be informed about the key trends early and let them simmer for a while, that way when the shops start stocking winter boots, you'll know which styles you don't want to miss out and those you're happy to miss. And with the A/W 17 shows having taken place last February and March, we've had ample time to dissect what we saw on the catwalks and categorise them into the key trends we think you'll care about the most.
So what's hot? Boots, ranging across the taste spectrum from '80s-style slouchy to western-inspired feature heavily, but designers had a lot of fun with embellishment and sculpted heel details too. And velvet, lashings of velvet. As of yet, there's no evidence of a polarising shoe movement to debate, but there's still time for an obscure brand to leap in and claim the new season's "ugly"-shoe crown.
So here's some fun homework: Scroll through the gallery below to get ahead on the key footwear trends for A/W 17.
1. Heels With a Difference
Style Notes: This is where the heel works as hard as the detail on the rest of the shoe. We loved Prada's gold-tipped courts.
Combat boots can be worn now with floaty floral frocks and taken into autumn styled with chunky knits and tailored coats.
5. Sumptuous in Velvet
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Style Notes: What to wear with last season's velvet dress? New, co-ordinating footwear. At the top of our shopping list is these unapologetically sexy lace-ups by Giambattista Valli (and a bulk buy of protector spray).