From Chunky Loafers to Mary Janes, These Flat Shoes Are Perfect For Autumn


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With autumn almost upon us, you may be wondering what's going to happen to the cute flat shoes you've been living in all summer long. Should you retire them to storage, or keep them pride of place in the hope we have a mild autumn ahead? Team Who What Wear is resolutely in the latter camp, convinced that the flats are in fact the perfect shoe to ease you into the colder months.

Of course, we're not talking about open-toe designs or cotton espadrilles—your feet will freeze if you step out in those come October—but loafers, sturdy ballet flats and brogues are all suitable options to bridge the gap between sandal season and boot season. And as the temperature drops, all you need to do is add a thick pair of socks or tights to tide you over until the weather demands hardier footwear.


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To determine exactly which flats are appropriate for cooler climes, we sifted through the new-in pages of our favourite brands. From luxury designers to high-street heroes, it seems that every fashion label under the (faltering) sun is embracing flat shoes for autumn. Whatever your budget, there's a host of trend-led and classic styles to scoop up and slot into all your transitional outfits, starting with these 26 pairs...

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.