Step into Autumn/Winter

 

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures dropping, it can only mean one thing (in the dulcet northern tones of Jon Snow) Winter Is Coming.
Now, I’m no fan of winter, but I’m determined to embrace it this year, by  throwing myself into the apple crumble (not literally), roaring log fires (again, not literally) and wrapping up warm for the season.

I was absolutely blown away by the response I got from my last style post, about fashionable breastfeeding essentials  – thank you so much.  As I said then a good pair of shoes can transform a mummsy outfit to magnificent. So expanding on that, here’s my timeline to the essential, mum friendly, footwear that will take you through to spring:

1. The end of summer.

You need something sturdier than your flip flops but it’s certainly not time to get booted yet. What you need is a loafer.

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Velvet Zara Loafers are right on trend now.

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Topshop loafer with equestrian detail

 

 

2. When it get’s abit chillier, it’s time for the low boot:

 

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I love these Zara boots!

I’m obsessed with these guys. I think if the heel were any higher or any slimmer they would be too uncomfy to pound the pavements trying to get baby to nap. But as they are, they’re just perfect. High enough to give me extra height and make me look skinnier (YAY!) but low enough to wear everyday. Heel aside the rest of them is pretty fab too.

I adore New Look shoes – so stylish and so affordable. I had a pair similar to this when I was heavily pregnant last winter and I wore them death. They do wide fitting sizes so perfect for keeping those dreaded swollen feet and ankles toasty and dry.wide-fit-light-brown-suedette-metal-trim-chelsea-boots

 

3. When Winter’s well and truly here, get out the Long boot

So now, Winters definitely here and it’s time to get serious. In terms of coldness and sadly cost. I’ve tried cheap winter boots before and think it’s a false economy. This really is a case of splurge on the staples. It’s so worthwhile paying £100-150 and getting a good pair of dark flat leather boots that you can wear to death. If you go for a classic design they should last for at least a couple of winters, meaning cost per wear it’s totally justifiable.

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These John Lewis boots have a classic design with equestrian-y details

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The stretchy back on these Dune boots are perfect for those, like me, who are ample of calf!

 

4. When weather warnings sound… The Cold Weather Boot

When it’s time to call in the big guns then there’s only one boot manufacturer for it as far as I’m concerned and that’s Dubarry’s of Ireland. I own a pair of the Galways and I absolutely adore them. They’re as warm as uggs, as waterproof as wellies and as sturdy as an oxe and last forever. They’re expensive at £299 but worth every single penny. Unless you’re a farmer and out in them everyday you’ll probably never buy another pair. And if you are a farmer, you’ve probably got them already.

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I can guarantee no jeans I wear will ever stay that white. The boots are pretty awesome though!

They do some slimmer styles now as well, which are a shade more stylish -but when the chips these really are a boot you can rely on. I’ve worn them climbing mountains, on skiing hols and even to muddy festivals. They do the job.

 

5. For all of A/W16.  The Statement Boots

Ok, ok, not an essential. Knee high or even (gasp) thigh high boots are surprisingly wearable, totes on trend and are a practical and stylish way to jazz up any outfit.  I also think they’re great for mums because they detract away from any, ahem, roundness in the tummy area. Still not convinced? Granted the leather shorts in the picture below are quite punchy, but imagine a nice tribal print skirt or pinafore dress with black tights? Or good old skinny jeans? I promise they’re so much more wearable than you first think.

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Thigh high boots + chunky knits = LUSH! The contrasting block heel is also v.on trend. Best of all £48 from ASOS.

Over the knee boots are wearable by anyone and I think look great with skirts or jeans, day or night. Asos and New Look  do some really fashionable and affordable ones

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Asos OTK boots are so easy to wear

 

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These New Look Boots have a 60s edge to them.

NO need to stick to black. The chunky soul here will help the grey not get scuffed and dirty:

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Plus they’re wide fitting so can help with those with swollen feet or for those of us who’ve still not shifted those preggo pounds.

 

6. Ding Dong Merrily on High…It’s time for Party Heels

The best bit of winter is, of course, Christmas.  And the best bit of Christmas is, of course, the parties. And for the parties you of course need to forget all about being practical and just go for what looks good!

Apart from the block heel on these means they don’t only look great but you can dance all night long in them too:

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Carrying on the 70s vibe to your crimbo party. These Topshop shoes will add a subtle pizazz to your LBD!

And these tinsel heels will definitely help you get in the Christmas spirit!

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Topshop tinsel heels are certainly very festive!!

If you’ve been a very, very good girl this year…

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I’m casually adding some Louboutin’s to Santa’s list! Fingers crossed…

 

7. And at the end of the day…These are the comfiest Slippers around

After a hard day out and about there’s nothing better than putting on some comfy slippers

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Good old John Lewis know what makes a good slipper!

You can’t beat an ugg for warm and comfy slippers

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9 Comments

  1. September 13, 2016 / 8:20 am

    I love those New Look ankle boots, they are gorgeous x #twinklytuesday

  2. September 15, 2016 / 8:30 am

    I love the idea of party sandals, but I can never quite bring myself to bare my toes when the temperature is barely above freezing (even if I am wearing tights). #brilliantblogposts

  3. September 15, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this…I’m all over the place at the mo as my heart is saying ‘time to buy new boots’ but my head is saying ‘I’m melting, wear flip flops!’.
    I adore those statement boots with a chunky knit – such a stunning look, do you think I could pull it off at the school playground? I’m not sure!
    Also love the good old Toppers party shoes – I was lusting online over their amazing collection just yesterday…but was very good.
    Wonderful selection, just always remember to #HideTheBags xx #coolmumclub Thanks for linking!

    • sgolisti
      September 15, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      Mwah! thank you!! Ahhhh me too – it was SO hard to write without ahem, accidentally on purpose, purchasing both pairs of Zara shoes. I think it was only because its SO hot I didn’t!!!
      Very welcome – thanks for hosting, and I hope you had your lolly!!

  4. September 15, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Oooh I’ll have them all please 🙂 OK at 5″3′ the thigh highs could double as a turtle neck but that’s fine by me! #coolmumclub

    • sgolisti
      September 20, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      Haha! I’m the same – they’re always too long on me!! Thank you for reading xx

  5. September 22, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Oooh I love those loafers. Look very comfy!! Wish I could pull off, or had the confidence/figure, for over the knee boots and outfits!!! Love your suggestions though. Thank you #sharingthebloglove

  6. September 24, 2016 / 6:45 pm

    I love a low boot! I just bought a new pair last week from Boden (from the kids section though – they do up to a size 6 and I love them! They’re mustard yellow with sequins on too – really make me smile) I’m not sure that over the knee boots are compatible with my thighs, but if I could pull them off I’d totally go for them! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

  7. September 27, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I love boots for the winter and have already brought my new ones for this year. I have gone for a low slouch boot and I love them! I don’t think knee boots are my thing! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

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