Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Sole providers

Patent platforms and ankle boots are the big shots in the high street's autumn 07 footwear offer

CONTEMPORARY

Dune

TRENDS

Waxy patents in brash red tones and sultry black are key to the Dune range this season. The retailer has bought into ultra-high heels with a hint of a platform and translated the concept into ankle boots and knee-length, sexy styles. Heeled courts embellished with glitter and wide ankle straps glam up the evening footwear, while day styles in shades of tan and brown feature black piping and spat buttons to give a retro, toned-down feel. Heeled, brogue-influenced patent Mary Janes echo the androgynous trend, and most toe shapes are either almond or pointed.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

The collection perfectly represents the glitzy, glamorous world the Dune girl wants to buy into. The design team have produced a strong collection that mirrors trend-led high fashion, but reflects the Dune woman by adding sparkle, bows, patent animal-skin uppers and glitzy brooches.

Kurt Geiger

TRENDS

Kurt Geiger's metallic ankle boots, chic courts and knee boots all tick autumn trend boxes. The Fashionistas range features round block heels in bright pop colours, while the main Kurt Geiger line includes patent or suede cone heels, patent hidden platforms and ultra luxe vulcanised plimsolls. The KG line offers practical, belted shoe boots alongside elegant patent or metallic Mary Janes, and there is a revved-up Edwardian story at Carvela.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Such a broad-ranging collection in terms of both design and price provides something for everybody. Eveningwear is well covered, as is daywear, if highly-detailed trainers or towering ankle boots are your bag. But the offer falls down on its basic and flats range, which is simply not wide enough in a market accustomed to the ease and comfort of ballet flats.

LK Bennett

TRENDS

LK Bennett's T-bar tango shoes and platform wedges have a luxurious, gold-contrast trim, while peep-toe stilettos are trimmed with Swarovski crystals. Platform loafers feature punk-inspired hardware such as snaffles, chains and buckles. In flats, the ballet pump is still ubiquitous, although scrunch backs add a comfort factor. Flat boots and chunky, square heels look back to the 1960s, while low-cut ankle boots nod to both the Edwardian era and the 1980s.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

The diversity of the collection will satisfy those looking for classic ballet flats and court shoes, plus shoppers hunting for more fashion-conscious styles. Scrunch-back flats are ideal for travelling and weekends, while satisfying workwear needs. The evening styles work for dinner, dancing and black-tie events.

Moda In Pelle

TRENDS

From shallow shoe boots to knee-high styles, Moda In Pelle corners the market for autumn. A number of unusual details such as cuffs, buckles, punk-inspired chain trims and animal patches add points of difference. The label's signature party sandals and stilettos are still present and trend-relevent with metallic platforms, glittering diamante sandals and leopard print wedges. Flat ballet styles in patent with velvet bows, Japanese-look low wedges and suede courts cater for daytime needs.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Back from the brink, Moda In Pelle has returned to what it does best with flashy, glitter-drenched party shoes and ultra-high stiletto-heeled boots for the clubbing set. The day range is lacklustre, but most of the styles have a point of difference in detail, from buckles to bows, which should entice customers to spend.

Office

TRENDS

A gothic tilt ushers in studs and buckles on chunky boots and thick courts, while Perspex and patent stilettos and platforms in black, white and red give a Soho-fetish look. Stack heels and flat lace-ups provide 1940s nostalgia, while brogues echo an earlier era. Colour blocking and two-tone styles contrast with metallics, from cracked-leather courts and buckle-up trainers to knee-high moon boots, with riding boots galloping into the range.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Office took its eye off the ball during the past few seasons as it opened more outlets, but has returned to form for autumn 07 with a focused product line. Quirky and confident details translate key trends for glamour-hungry customers, who will find this collection hard to resist.

Shellys

TRENDS

In a season with clear-cut trends, Shellys' collection is a safe batch of spat-buttoned ankle boots and buckled courts, embellished with studs and straps. Purple is the key colour and heel heights vary from chunky and kitten to stiletto and flat. Following a tough winter last year, buyers have steered clear of knee- and over-the-knee-length styles. Instead, ankle boots and mid-calf lengths anticipate a milder season.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Cut-away Perspex wedges and electric-blue, studded T-bar Mary Janes are points of interest but seem too ambitious for Shellys, which has bucket loads of safe, rather than exciting, styles. Tan, crinkle-leather calf boots should sell well, as will men's cleated boots and brogue-led formal styles.

Bertie

TRENDS

Patent finishes in black, mushroom, pink and pillar-box red remain integral to Bertie's trend direction for autumn 07 and are applied to knee-length boots, round-toe wedges and square-toe wrapped platforms. Shoe boot silhouettes are dominated by 1980s styling, with platform soles and zip fastenings most prominent. For day, a new boot length sits between the ankle and calf.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Within the Shoe Studio Group stable, Bertie serves the needs of trend-driven customers looking for something funkier than Nine West's classic offer, and is more affordable than Pied a Terre. However, Nine West's new fashion-forward signature leaves Bertie struggling to retain its trend credentials within the group, and it must take more design chances to retain point of difference.

Pied a Terre

TRENDS

As with the rest of the Shoe Studio Group, Pied a Terre has focused its collection towards highly polished, glamorous designs, with the spotlight on ankle boots, wedges and patent finishes. Metallic also remains an important look, while brogue-style flats make a strong statement with either elastic scrunch backs or in high-shine Dr Martens-style lasts. Suede, peep-toe shoe boots with a slightly arched wedge are a welcome surprise.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Loyal Pied a Terre customers will be pleased with the autumn 07 offer, but new consumer blood is unlikely to be drawn into the fold. Although luxury remains a key concern, styling has become a little staid.

Nine West

TRENDS

Having found its new, younger voice, Nine West's autumn collection leans towards the party season in terms of its styling, with heels dominating. Subtle but sexy design interest focuses on the heel. Merging the wedge and classic stiletto, metallic platforms are joined in a right angle from the heel to the shoe, while classic wedges have a mirrored finish. Evening styles centre on satin, and wrapped platforms with contrasting toe colours are a fun addition.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Nine West's once ultra-corporate image has come on in leaps and bounds, and is now repitched at more fashion-savvy shoppers. This new identity seems to have reached its zenith for the coming season, but there is still enough mainstream styling to keep its traditional customers happy.

YOUNG FASHION

Faith

TRENDS

Eclectic, trend-led influences add interest throughout the range at Faith, from contrasting styling - such as patent teamed with light wood wedges - to soft-touch elements such as ruching on courts and fur-lined boots. The metallic look is still crucial and heels are skyscraper high. Lace-up brogues in suede and leather tackle the androgyny trend, and purples sweep through the offer.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

New brand director Steven Swaby has shaken up Faith's range while retaining elements of its strong styling personality. The sophisticated offer reflects a design team settling into its second season. The trends interpreted vary from English eccentric and fetish to a metallic sports hybrid story. The range may be slightly too broad, with varying levels of quality, but it is certain to renew shoppers' interest in the brand.

New Look

TRENDS

New Look has tapped into all the season's trends, from disco-tastic 1970s-style satin slingbacks in teal, fuchsia or black satin, to heavy biker boots, 1980s-inspired zip-up patent ankle boots and scoop-front ankle boots with slim leather ankle ties and a block heel. Perforated, dove-grey leather slouch boots and cone-heel boots nod to the sportswear look.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Round-toe high pumps in purple, sky blue and fuchsia should replicate the success of last summer's two-tone flats for day wear, while evening styles at throwaway prices will reel in the punters.

Topshop

TRENDS

This season's footwear has a 1940s feel, exemplified by round toes, chunky heels and a muted palette. Multi-strap styles, with heavy buckles and laced Edwardian-influenced ankle boots, have a bondage edge, as do zip-fastened shoe boots. Patent finishes, peep-toe Mary Janes and reworked brogues also feature.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Over the past few seasons Topshop has been repositioning its apparel away from the teen market and towards a more directional high street shopper. Its footwear reflects this move and is less obviously trend-driven than its competitors. Multi-strap styles and hybrid ankle boots are set to become autumn staples for the 25-45 age group.

MAINSTREAM

Barratts

TRENDS

A vast range of knee-length boots take in tab-top riding styles as well as Ugg-alikes. Scrunch-back flats are strong, especially in metallic bronze or silver and buckle- and jewel- embellished styles. Punk styling is referenced in rivet-laden, black patent sandals, while round-toe courts and hidden platform peep-toes take their lead from the 1940s. Metallics come into play on suede styles which feature contrast heels or piping.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

After a long stretch in the value wilderness, Barratts has raised its game and turned up the fashion dial. The footwear looks expensive and on-trend, with glitzy touches of metallic trim and oversized jewelling.

Clarks

TRENDS

Clarks combines comfort and quality materials with a fashionable sheen. Button detailing and over-sized buckles feature on ankle and riding boots in brown and black, alongside platforms and clogs. Trend-savvy customers will warm to riding boots that fold over or under the knee, in green or purple, with bronze buckles and Cuban heels. Patent styles feature on a swathe of shoes, from clog wedges to pumps, in oxblood, black or bronze. Square-toe pumps are an alternative shape for this style.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

Comfort is the essential ingredient, but an injection of glamour varnishes this wearable, contemporary range. The plan is to halt customers from defecting to more obviously fashionable stores.

Marks & Spencer

TRENDS

Marks & Spencer excels at classic styles. Round-toed suede courts, metallic evening sandals, pointy slingbacks with sexy heels and T-bar tango-style shoes in vibrant satins are all key. Flat patent pumps seek to emulate the success of the square-toed satin ballet styles that have done so well for M&S in past seasons.

RIGHT FOR THE MARKET?

The comfort styles are present and have a fashion edge, but the new and improved Autograph Exclusive range will drive M&S's footwear business. Shoes with Perspex heels, Swarovski crystal embellishment and high-end leather soles cost between £50 and £100, with boots reaching £125.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.