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Footwear focus

Autumn 10

Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has split its autumn 10 collection into two stories: The Gents Club and The Weekender. The former features more formal styling, while the latter has a casual personality, but a 1960s British heritage influence runs through both. Uppers are clean and classic and suede is used across the range with vintage finishes and bold linings. Sole details have a hand-crafted aesthetic. The palette is mostly muted, made up of navy, camel, taupe and rust.

Prices: £19 to £45 Contact: 07974 771265

Zandra Rhodes by Strutt Couture

Now in its second season, the Zandra Rhodes by Strutt Couture autumn 10 range includes pencil-thin, multicoloured stacked stiletto heels and covered platforms for a glamorous look, while peep-toe wedges offer a more casual feel. Rose gold jewelled studding adds interest, either as a trim or all over. Rich navy and oily suede contrasts with brighter metallic sheens on shoes, while chocolate brown suede knee-high boots with contrast wine-coloured suede panelling stand out. Knee-high styles are key for autumn 10, with grey stiletto boots also catching the eye.

Prices: TBC Contact: 01475 746000

Rocket Dog

Contemporary women’s footwear brand Rocket Dog has three themes for its autumn 10 range. Thrifty Rose features delicate fabrics, pretty florals and ruffles. Prints are also mixed, as patchworks and torn and frayed edges are key. On The Ranch comprises buckles on plaids with shearling linings, while Hypnotic combines angular shapes, dark denim and rock influences, with animal prints, zips, studs, eyelets and chains.

Prices: £10 to £40 Contact: 020 8207 7200

Loake

Celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, Northamptonshire shoemaker Loake has unveiled a “modern heritage” look for autumn 10. “The classic, heavy styling is currently fashionable and works well with jeans,” says sales director Andrew Cory. “And we’ve given some of our modern formals a more roughed-up, casual look.” Oily, waxy, distressed and vintage-look leathers and suedes all feature, with heavy-profile leather and rubber soles.

Loake’s premium 1880 collection includes a heavy country brogue in chestnut and six-eyelet lace-up brogue boot. The Design Loake premium range also has a new collection of casual boots with broad, turned-up toes. A men’s latchet boot, a multi-eyelet boot and a two-eyelet chukka boot come in black or brown distressed, vintage-look leathers and waxy suedes. Distressed suedes and waxy nubucks are also included in the offer, and lend a more casual feel to contemporary classic lace-ups.

Prices: From £50 Contact: 01536 415411

Gola by Tado

Hi-tops and canvas plimsoll styles are key in Gola by Tado’s autumn 10 collection, the second collaboration with the Sheffield-based illustrators. For women, embroidered bows and patent and metallic finishes stand out, while the men’s collection features patriotic Union Jack motifs, and denim and suede materials. Design duo Tado’s cartoon-like characters are applied to some styles. Bright blues, pink and black make up the palette. The collection also includes bags.

Prices: £9.95 to £18.95 Contact: 01706 212512

Loint’s of Holland

Manufactured in the brand’s Dutch factory since the 1970s, Loint’s of Holland’s collection is made from sustainable materials with comfort top of the agenda. For autumn 10, the brand has opted for natural, earthy tones of burnt orange, red and blue, with styles ranging from ankle to knee-high boots. Essential pieces include dusty blue flat ankle boots, flat knee-high boots with scattered twisted knots in dark red, brown lace-up boots, and ankle boots with folds and tucks for added detail. The brand claims to use less leather and glue than other labels.

Prices: £113 to £200 Contact: 00 31 41 62 72 399

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