Warmer weather allows for a certain level of carelessness when it comes to footwear, but that's not to say that one's
choice should be ill-considered. From smart Oxfords to casual penny loafers, here are some of the best shoe options
from the new season.
Tom Chamberlin, Editor
Like a navy blazer or pair of jeans, a classic black Oxford is an essential starting point for a wardrobe. When
polished (focus the high shine on the toe cap), they are an excellent foundation. In the passage of time, they are
something, if well looked after, that can be passed down and should play out like the closest advisors to government
heads – the ones that don’t stand out but are completely vital. Bear in mind, however, that as they sit higher up
your foot, the trouser leg should be a bit wider so you don’t look like you have clown feet. Gaziano and Girling's magisterial lines and angles compliment your feet
better than most other brands on the market.
Charlie Thomas, Deputy
A pair of chunky leather boots doesn’t have to be reserved solely for winter, especially when they look as good as Grenson’s Triple Welts. Featuring the brand’s patented stacked Goodyear welt
construction, these are crafted from a fine alpine grain leather and employ subtly oversized brogueing and eyelets
for a contemporary take on classic brogue boots. Pair them with equally robust corduroy trousers and a hug-inducing
shawl collar cardigan and you’ll be good to go.
Jessica Beresford, Managing Editor, Online
Although the weather hasn't quite caught up yet, it feels like the right time to be planning for balmy days at the
beach or a bustling inner-city park, and these espadrilles from Manebi cater perfectly to
that. Opting for a slightly darker colour means they'll look sharp even after a good level of wear, and will also
pair well with a broader range of ensembles. For an easy casual look, wear with breezy linen trousers and a smart
Browne, Online Editorial Associate
The penny loafer is synonymous with the iconic Ivy-league style and, as a result, it will always be a discerning and
reliable choice – especially during spring. Edward Green’s Piccadilly model
is arguably the crème de la crème of all penny loafers and is moulded upon a sleek, rounded last that screams
‘England’. Opt for an offhand look — penny loafers always look best
when worn casually — and sport a pair of black, Made in England jeans from Blackhorse Lane and a utilitarian safari
shirt from Marol and you’re good to go. (Go one step further and add a pop of colour to
the ensemble with a pair of socks from Pantherella.)
For those of us whose wardrobes are dictated by unpredictable (and constantly chilly) seasons, a pair of Edward Green
Utah Leather Chukka boots act as a foolproof option, thanks to their
robust construction yet simple silhouette. Pair with Rubinacci's dark grey manny
pleated cotton trousers and a Naked Clothing long sleeve pique cotton polo shirt
for the ideal trans-seasonal ensemble.
Natasha Drax, Online Editorial
The clocks have gone forward, the days are longer and temperatures have thawed, which also means finally kicking
aside those clunky winter boots. A pair of versatile trainers are the perfect replacement, such as these blue
sneakers by C.QP. Handcrafted from Italian suede, this is the brand’s most recent style,
featuring added layers of cushioning, arch support and a removable inner sole resulting in a supple yet stable shoe.
Pair with some smart single-pleated trousers and a simple cashmere sweater to keep the look informed and