Amira wears a pair of chunky loafers from Massimo Dutti.
We've found ourselves in the final weeks of summer, which means we'll soon be swapping our strappy sandals and canvas espadrilles for hardier footwear. The defining shoes of the coming season are already taking their place in-store and on new-in pages, with key trends including lug-soled loafers, minimalist flats and cowboy boots.
To start dipping your toes into said trends, all you need to do is turn to your go-to high-street brands. Shoes can be expensive, so it's always a relief to find high-quality pairs that don't cost an eye-watering amount. Brands like Mango, Arket and Massimo Dutti have seriously stepped up their game in recent years, and if anything, there are now too many good shoes to choose from. With this in mind, we've whittled down the hundreds on the market to the 25 most impressive; those we think rival even the most premium designer pairs in terms of style and wearability.
Five high-street heroes in particular have captured our attention lately. Scroll on to see the highlights of their autumn shoe collections, from sleek ankle boots to velvet ballet flats.
1. & Other Stories
Penny loafers (particularly the chunky variety) will be big news this autumn.
That's right, ballet flats are sticking around for another season.
A truly unique pair that taps into both the western and Mary Jane shoe trends.
These will look just as great with midi dresses and tights as with straight-leg jeans.
Just because we're prepping for autumn, you don't have to retire all colourful pieces to storage.
Wear these on autumn nights out then carry them with you into party season.
Mark my words, cowboy boots will be everywhere in the coming months.
These smart flats are a comfier alternative to heels for a night out.
4. Massimo Dutti
Reluctant to splurge on the iconic Gucci loafer? Consider this chic high-street alternative.
I've seen pairs like this on Net-a-Porter for ten times the price.
These also come in black if you're worried about scuffing them.
Cute! You can pop these in your handbag as a back-up when you're wearing heels.
Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer. After receiving an Audrey Hepburn box set for her 10th birthday and subsequently swooning over the actor’s wardrobe, Bébhinn felt pretty confident she wanted a career that involved clothes. She started her first blog at age 14—the title was a pun, but we’ll leave it at that—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 for 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 updated takes on classic designs.
While she still loves Audrey Hepburn films, these days, Bébhinn’s sartorial taste sits closer to Annie Hall’s and Alexa Chung’s. In her spare time, she’s likely cooing over cute dogs on rescue websites, playing folk songs on her guitar and browsing bookshops for new additions to her already-overpacked shelves.