Sometimes a ballet flat just won’t cut it, and if you find yourself in this situation, maybe it’s about time you swapped in your pumps for a pair of lace-ups.
Before you think, ‘woah, but won’t they be clumpy and ugly’, then where have you been for the past few years? Banish the idea of lace-ups being the bad school shoes chosen by your parents, and embrace the new trend. From hard-wearing Docs to the more subtle laced-up ballet pumps, there’s a lace-up for every outfit.
Any avid shoe buyer will know that when looking for a new pair you need to look at certain factors. What are they made of - will they stand the test of a hectic walking commute. Will they drain your bank account but then break after a few weeks wear? Do they look good, or will they remain at the back of your wardrobe in shame.
With all this in mind, here are the top 8 lace-ups.
1. Topshop KIND Box Leather Lace-Up Shoes: £48, topshop.com
These are the kind of shoes that will see you through the tricky end of Summer, where you’re never quite sure if the sun’s finally going to make an appearance, right through to the depths of winter. These are 100% leather, so are well worth the price tag and are also available in black. Wear with navy chinos and a white shirt to get the androgynous preppy look.
2. & Other Stories eyelet print lace-up flats: £105, stores.com
With a small but statement cut-out, these shoes are dotted all over with eyelets, giving a monochrome effect. They are leather and and an elastic strap that sits behind the laces protects your skin, so you don’t need to worry about your feet rubbing. From the ever so trendy & Other Stories, sister brand to high street chain H&M, this pair have a delicate lace-up section for fastening the shoe, making them perfect for work - or evening wear.
3. Russell and Bromley Jeeves lace-up brogues: £175, russellandbromley.co.uk
For something a little bit brighter for the office, why not these silver metallic brogues, which give just a hint of robot? At nearly £200, these brogues are at the higher end of the budget range, but being made from calf leather and with a half leather/half rubber sole, these are certain to be steadfast through the seasons. They are also available in a variety of shades, from black through to tan, if robotic silver isn’t your thing. Perfect for dressing down with a pair of tights and summer dress, or smartening up with some suit trousers.
4. Zara pointed lace-up ballerinas: £29.99, zara.com
These ballerina pumps from Zara are perfect for getting the last out of these summer weeks. The taupe shade will go with most colours, meaning you’ll get plenty of wear out of them, and they aren’t too straining on the wallet. Stick on with a midi skirt, for a feminine look.
5. ASOS Mara leopard print lace-ups: £32, asos.com
Perfect for popping a bit of striking leopard print into any outfit, these leather shoes, which just skim the ankle, will add an indy look to your outfit. They have a faux pony skin finish and are made of 100% leather, making them durable. They’re also treated with a leather protector, so no need to worry about puddles. Wear casual with skinny jeans and an oversized top, for that easy-don’t-care-but-clearly-do vibe.
6. Clarks Original Desert Boot: £120, clarks.co.uk
The Clarks Original Desert boot have become a staple for many a fashion fan’s wardrobe. The upper boot part is made of durable suede, with a leather lining. Coming in an array of colours and materials, you can easily find one for whatever your favourite shade. These grey dotted boots add a playful, youthful edge to a hard-wearing wintery boot.
7. Office Wisteria lace-up block heel: £62, office.co.uk
Lap up the last few weeks of what has been a hit and miss summer. Pedicures at the ready with this sandal/lace-up mash-up, as this shoe calls for floaty skirts and denim jackets. The outer shoe is made of leather and it features a synthetic sole. The small heel gives an added sophistication.
8. Dr Martens Willow 1461 shoe: £115, drmartens.com
Dr Martens are a British fashion staple, first made in the Cobbs Lane factory in Northampton, which is still used today. New in this season is this willow pattern, reminiscent of grandma’s old china - in the best way. They’re made from printed suede, meaning they’ll wear just like china. Break in with some thick socks and then wear with tights.
If you’re looking for a pair that are going to see you right through Autumn/Winter, the Russell and Bromley brogues are a must buy. Made from calf leather with a half rubber and half leather sole, they’re bound to come through the other side unscathed.
However, if your budget is a bit tighter - the ASOS leopard print lace-ups are the perfect way to transition into Autumn sturdily and stylishly.
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