Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shoes Shoots and Boots; SEE MAIN STORY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shoes Shoots and Boots; SEE MAIN STORY

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Byline: BELLA BLISSETT

THE trees may not have shed their leaves, but over the past days therehas been a distinct chill to the air, signalling that winter is well on itsway. No more f lapping around in f lip-f lops or venturing outside in yourflimsy little pumpsthe British winter requires something altogether more sturdy and this seasonthere is more choice than ever.

From boots to shoots (the new hybrid shoe/boot), platforms to wedges, theendless list of distinct footwear trends means that you can build your winterwardrobe around your shoes. There isn't just one style to suit everyone, thereare several.

So if you're having trouble choosing between your tulip and your pencil skirts,your cocoon coats and your trenches think shoes first, clothes second.

This season at least, this fashion rule of thumb will stand you in good stead:be guided by your shoes.

SHOOTS

OTHERWISE known as the shoe-boot or booty, these are a cross between a shoe andan ankle boot and are the season's trickiest footwear trend. Anyone with shortlegs should avoid these at all costs or risk truncating whatever inside legthey do have.

The easiest way to wear shoe-boots is to match the colour of your slim-fittrousers (they must sit neatly at the top of your shoots) to that of theshoeboot itself, to achieve a streamlining effect.

For slim calves, there are studded, leopard-print and metallic shoots croppingup everywhere, from Shellys to Sergio Rossi, which look smart but quirky whenworn with a pencil skirt and brightlycoloured tights.

The brogue styles also fit well with this winter's masculine look, but anyonewhose ankles are not whippet thin should avoid looking like a dumpy schoolteacher and go for the more flattering wedge instead.

Clockwise from top left: zigzag ankle boots, [pounds sterling]59.99 from Schuh (01506 460 251);suede ankle boots, [pounds sterling]65 from Warehouse (0840 122 8813); Cornelia Boots, [pounds sterling]565,from Louis Vuitton (020 7399 4050); platform shoe boots, from a selection byChristian Dior, brogues, [pounds sterling]30 from Dorothy Perkins (as before); platform Romeo,[pounds sterling]401 from Sonia Rykiel (020 7493 5255); metallic shoe boots, [pounds sterling]355 by ChristianLouboutin (www.net-a-porter.com)

SHOES

FOR anyone who refuses to part from the tried-andtested leg-trimming effect ofsky-high, paper-thin stilettos, they are still around. Really, though, thisseason's shoesin their various formsare all a bit meatier. Delicate is out, kitten heels remain banished and chunkyMary Janes, platforms and wedges are what is required.

THE NEW MARY JANE

This season's grown-up version comes with a thick heel, T bars or multipleankle straps. Curvy women can make the most of their shape by pairing thesewith a tailored pencil skirt or skirt-suit, while anyone who's proud of theirlegs can show them off to best advantage with some skinny cigarette pants. …

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