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Flat out - The Best of Winter 2012 Brogues

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(Illustration by Kate Wilson, London)

Ballet flats are ideal for twinkle-toesing it around town in those heady summer days but not so becoming for splewshing around in precipitous winter months. But foot fashion has for once fallen in line with some modicum of dare we say… practicality this winter. The steadfast brogue and the eponymous Oxford have steadily been clumping their way in for the past few seasons but now there are a multitude of styles to get our shoe fetishist hearts a-pounding.

Go femboy fun with a coloured, animal print or metallic shoe, or for full throttle androgyny opt for a gentleman’s classic in a bold brown, black patent or seductively menacing studded.

If you have whopping rowboats for feet pay careful attention to the shoe’s proportions, look for thinner sole and a more compact volume to avoid the clown-foot look. For those of delicate hoof, the world is your oyster to luxuriate in all manner of foot tapping magnificent styles. 

These are some of our favourite picks:

‘I’m bringing sexy back’ 3.1 Phillip Lim Black Nancy Oxford Flats £290 from Avenue 32

‘It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well.’ £77 (approx) from Croon

‘Singing in the rain’ patent leather lace ups £241.68 from Far Fetch

‘Oh you pretty Chitty bang, bang’  £265 from Church

‘Club Tropicana drinks are free’ Christian Louboutin Havana patent leather brogues £425 from Net a Porter

P.s. We also plumped for two pairs from high-street occasionally guilty pleasure Russell & Bromley who have a strong collection of well-constructed clumpers. Sadly their website is under construction so we can’t show them to you!

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