Say sure to smart, lace-up footwear — That’s Not My Age

Images: Sarah Brick. Hair & make-up: Carl Stanley


October vibe shift. Or is it a shoe shuffle? I’ve at all times been keen on lace-ups  – in my teenagers and twenties I’d purchase males’s footwear from conventional outfitters –  and there’s a pleasure in coming again to the stuff you like to put on. My ft  are pleased, too. After a summer time of sneakers and sandals, it’s good to combine issues up. Completely different footwear locations different demands on the muscle tissues and joints, which in flip can strengthen the ft. So, you should definitely rotate frequently. Say sure to smart footwear.

The Oxford-style lace-ups within the images are late-90s Emma Hope (sale cut price), and nonetheless going sturdy. Although they may do with a polish… As we speak, yow will discover this kind of gender-neutral footwear everywhere. There’s a neat pair from Iris & Ink at the Outnet; which can be the one place to buy eye-wateringly costly Churchs brogues. Since Prada purchased the British model and despatched the costs sky-rocketing, I’ve moved over to Grenson – largely bought within the pattern sale. On a shoot not too long ago, I attempted this stunning Grenson Derby shoe (photos coming quickly) and might extremely advocate Fashion Stalking them into the gross sales.


Different old-school lace-ups may be discovered at: Bobbies (out there in tan and black); Cos has a square-toed version, whereas Camper Conscious. has a stunning pair made with the surroundings in thoughts. Autumn is the time to convey out the brogues and you may at all times depend on Clarks for each patent leather and matte. In search of longevity and craftsmanship? I’ve two pairs of Grenson’s  Martha design ( one white, one pink) which are at the very least 5 years previous and constructed to final.

For stompier types, the lug sole, ‘Michael’ Derby shoe from Paraboot is perennially trendy (fellow French manufacturers, Kleman and Sézane have related, inexpensive variations HERE and HERE). Hush has high-shine lace-ups (now reduced) – and there’s at all times Dr Martens (HERE and HERE). The latter has a vegan vary, as do M&S and Grenson (they aren’t paying me, trustworthy!). Extra on vegan footwear HERE.

Sturdy, smart footwear make you’re feeling put-together and prepared for something. Fashion Tip: When it will get cooler add black ankle or knee socks.


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I’m sporting a classic tweed jacket from Menage Fashionable Classic ( purchased a number of years in the past). The black costume is by Skall Studio from Collect & See (gifted approx two years in the past). The classic Gucci bag can be from Menage Fashionable Classic. My previous leather-based lace-ups are from Emma Hope.