While flats have reigned supreme in the shoe world over the past couple of seasons, the heel (from stiletto to block) is making a steady comeback.
Though our love affair with the best flat shoes shows no sign of abating, now we’re on the hunt for the best high heels. Yep, we’ve fallen back in love with stilettos, platforms and all manner of vertiginous sky-scrapers; the high the better. frankly.
The benefits of high heels have been broadly documented: they create the elusion of longer legs and add polish to all outfits. While we were grateful for the fashion-endorsed hero-status of the flat in recent seasons (from fur-filled Gucci loafers, to Phoebe Philo’s favourite Stan Smiths) skyscrapers will never lose their appeal. And if you need a bit of help, here are five exercises that’ll make walking in heels a lot easier.
From fun pom pom details, to avant-garde architectural styles – high heels have had a high fashion makeover. The key trends this season take their cues from the catwalk: look out for metallics, sequins, 70s style platforms and bold reds.
Office and New Look have given their new collection a sexy edge with colourful details and satin ribbons, while H&M and Bally are embracing the 70s with their crushed velvet and metallic haze platforms.
Meanwhile, if it’s party season shoes you’re after, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Jimmy Choo and ASOS have jazzed up their new season styles with sequins, bows and pom poms. The embellished sandals are destined for the dancefloor.
Of course, classic courts will never go out of style. Look to L.K.Bennett, Cos and Russell and Bromley for favourite for their flattering but comfortable attributes; keep a pair of these trusty heels under your desk for any surprise meetings or impromptu after-work drinks.
Whether you’re after a pretty court shoe to jazz up your office style or jazzy heels for your next night out, from pretty pom pom details to luxed up velvet finishes, these are the best high heels in store now…
Tartan is back for the new season, and these will look incredible with a black velvet suit.
China prints are having a bit of a moment, and we love these elegant courts from Primark.
BLACK LOW POINT SLING BACK COURT, £12 in store.
If you’re feeling bold, try wearing these with a white suit.
With a chic satin ribbon these boots are the perfect day-to-night heels.
Embrace your inner romantic with these floral shoes.
We’ll never get bored of leopard print heels.
Mules are perfect for the office, and for Autumn/Winter, velvet is the fabric of choice.
If you thought black velvet shoes were boring, think again.
Sick of florals? Polka dots are the print du jour.
If you’re feeling daring, go head-to-toe velvet and team these platforms with a velvet dress for your next evening event.
Shop now: Platform sandals for £24.99 from H&M
We’re obsessed with embroidered details.
Take florals into winter with the brocade pumps.
Shop now: Embroidered shoes for £49.99 from Mango
Sometimes great style is as simple as a paired back lace pump.
An iconic shoe to zip around the office in.
Make like Carrie Bradshaw in these decadent heels.
Don’t ditch those summer vibes just yet – these tassel sandals will still look great with your autumn workwear.
Wear with denim culottes and an oversized blouse.
These chic sandals beg to be worn with a crisp white shirt and suede culottes.
Shop now: TIE-BACK SUEDE SANDALS for £135 from COS
This is without a doubt the chicest way to do denim.
Shop now: Denim sandals for £680 from Chanel
These 70s-style, colourful heels are ideal for a big night.
No summer wardrobe is complete without a coral sandal.
A good bow goes a long way. Toughen these up by wearing with frayed denim and a men’s shirt.
Add these fun sandals to your holiday capsule wardrobe, stat.
Not only are these heels stylish enough to wear in the office, they’re extra comfortable too.
Shop now: Geox Audalie heels for £110 from Geox
These shoes were the hero of the Dior catwalk, and rightfully so.
Paired back heels are a wardrobe staple, versatile enough to be worn with a dress or a simple jeans and tee combo.
Elegant and just a little bit quirky.
Meet your new dancing shoes.
Shop now: Vivian Sandals for £510 from TIBI
Tap into this season’s crushed velvet trend.
Wear these with a cropped trouser and oversized top.
A pop of colour will never hurt anyone.