4 Throw-On Shoes Londoners Are Now Wearing Instead of Boots


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When it comes to shoe choices, I've become pretty predictable in my preferences. From the black, block-heel boots I wear throughout winter and spring, I transition into classic horesebit loafers when temperatures slowly begin to rise. Then, come summer and it's slip-on slider sandals until it's time to usher in my loafers once September comes around. So, you can imagine the horror when, this weekend, the first time it felt genuinely plausible to step outside without cosy socks on, I remembered that, last autumn, I had to part with my beloved leather loafers. I'd had them for at least five years, and considering the amount of wear they get, they were looking more than a little worse for wear. I told myself, "I'll treat myself to a fresh pair come spring", only to forget about this promise until, well, I actually wanted to wear them. It's now the point where boots just don't seem as appropriate as they did last month (save for perhaps cowboy boots), and with talk of a heatwave on the horizon, I need a shoe to get me through this stage in the season.

So, I took a closer look at the recent shoe offerings fashionable people are wearing as they go about their business in London, and it didn't take long to identify that there are four key shoe styles currently dominating the pavements of the capital. From the update on trainers I spot so often, it can't be a coincidence, to the flats that will give your outfits instant polish, scroll on to see the top London shoe trends for 2023.



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Mary Janes have been a key player in 2023's footwear trends but, instead of leather styles, I'm seeing more and more velvet iterations come through. 


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Anne-Victoire proves they're just as prevalent in Paris as they are on the streets of London. 




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For those days when a cloudy sky makes sandals feel a bit risky flat mules will give you the same effect.


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The backless silhouette nods to summer, but the closed toes provide extra warmth. Win-win. 




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Perhaps it's fashion's current obsession with Sambas and Gazelles, but I'm seeing more black trainers than ever. 


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The monochromatic colourway will seamlessly pick up where your boots left off. 




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You didn't think I was going to leave loafers out, did you? Now, though, I'm focusing my energy on pairs with easy-to-walk-in heels. 


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Although chunky styles are still very popular, there has been a subtle shift towards more refined pairs, complete with metallic detailing. 


This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.