We’ve found ourselves in the final weeks of summer, which means we’ll soon be swapping our strappy sandals and canvas espadrilles for hardier footwear. The defining shoes of the coming season are already taking their place in-store and on new-in pages, with key trends including lug-soled loafers, minimalist flats and cowboy boots.
To start dipping your toes into said trends, all you need to do is turn to your go-to high-street brands. Shoes can be expensive, so it’s always a relief to find high-quality pairs that don’t cost an eye-watering amount. Brands like Mango, Arket and Massimo Dutti have seriously stepped up their game in recent years, and if anything, there are now too many good shoes to choose from. With this in mind, we’ve whittled down the hundreds on the market to the 25 most impressive; those we think rival even the most premium designer pairs in terms of style and wearability.
Five high-street heroes in particular have captured our attention lately. Scroll on to see the highlights of their autumn shoe collections, from sleek ankle boots to velvet ballet flats.