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How to wear flat shoes and boots right now

— by Alyson Walsh

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Caroline Issa photo: Who What Wear

Cropped kick-flares and culottes are terribly au courant but in winter I like to draught-proof my legs. Eliminate a northwesterly up the nether regions, by opting for a straighter leg style. Now the decluttering has begun (one bagful of stuff to charity and counting), I’m finally going to have a go at getting rid of the boxes of ‘fashion editor’ shoes stashed under my bed. Just. In. Case. Just in case I get invited to the BAFTAS. Just in case my bunions stop hurting when I wear them. Just in case I ever learn to walk gracefully in spindly slingbacks and kitten heels. I’ve always preferred flat shoes or boots, and trainers anyway; and I’m sure I’ll feel freer without the Shoes of a Former Life gathering dust and hair balls under my bed.

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In the land of street style, it’s virtually impossible to find inspirational pictures of grown-up women wearing tights or socks and flat shoes but I’ve done my best. Here’s Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers:

Lucinda Chambers

And a chic Milanese woman photographed by the Sartorialist (though I bet her feet are chilly in Converse):

Sartorialist, older model

And if you’re wondering about the Great Loafer Conundrum, making an obvious sock statement can work:

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Photo: Garance Doré

 

 

How are you wearing flat shoes and boots this winter?

PS The leopard print Chelsea boots (above) are asos but the link is misbehaving, available HERE.

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Cropped kick-flares and culottes are terribly au courant but in winter I like to draught-proof my legs. Eliminate a northwesterly up the nether regions, by opting for a straighter leg style.