I'm a self-confessed shoe addict, and there's nothing I get more excited about than a new pair of shoes (I've stopped counting how many I own, so has my husband). And as a fashion editor, I'm lucky enough (my bank account less so) to discover new brands every day. Instagram is also the perfect space for a bit of shoe-spiration.
So I thought I'd share with you some of the shoe brands I'm excited about for autumn/winter 2019. Credit cards at the ready.
Studio Amelia is fairly new to the fashion scene, having introduced her minimal sandal designs for spring/summer 2019. Her concept is simple: high quality minimal flats that are also comfortable to wear. The first collection included just four flat styles in four different tones: beige, red, black and white. For AW19 though she's introducing some pretty perfect heels and a range of handbags too.
Founded by Turkish sisters Beste and Merve Manastir, Manu Atelier isn't a new brand, however it's the first time it's branched out into shoes, having started off with designer handbags. Much like the bags, the shoes are a modern twist on vintage designs, and are made with the same leather as the bags. Look out for the duck boots, which I predict will be a sell-out.
For its SS19 trends presentation, Net-A-Porter highlighted this new shoe brand and for good reason. Julien Martinez' hand-woven designs are inspired by a trip to Alicante, where he was introduced to traditional hand lacing. That doesn't mean his designs aren't modern though. Expect classic silhouettes, tonal colours and signature metallic pin heels.
Although Scandi brand Flattered first launched in 2013, it's still relatively new to the UK scene. As you might expect, the designs have a minimal aesthetic and super comfortable too. Their heeled sandals collaboration with influencer Jessie Bush sold out super quickly this summer, and I'm into the contemporary price point too.
Clothing label The Fold will launch its first shoe collection in September. The ‘8-till-late’ line will include a variety of classic loafers, pumps and heels that will take you from desk-to-dinner. Expect chic designs and materials and more importantly, comfort.
Created in LA in 2014, this cool shoe brand isn't exactly new, however it's been all over my Instagram feed lately. It injects a bit of that California style to all its designs, be it minimal sandals or cowgirl boots.
Maximalists, this one's for you. Rihanna is a fan, and that's seal of approval enough for me. Designer Amina, who grew up between Jordan, Italy and Romania, is all about over the top glamour and unexpected silhouettes. Expect feathers, jewels and satin galore.
Australian brand ESSEN is my new go-to for simple and timeless designs. I love the fact that they work with local, family-run factories in Italy, Portugal and Spain to make sure that each shoe is beautifully made.
Shop now: The summer slide for £209 from ESSEN
Although it was created in 2016 so not exactly new, By Far, founded by Valentina, Sabina and Denitsa, has gone from strength to strength in the past few months. I'm in love with the fun 70s and 80s inspired designs.
Again, Dear Frances isn't new, but has been coming up on my Instagram feed so much that I had to mention it. Launched in the UK by Frances in 2016, it focuses on timeless pieces with just a little bit of a trendy twist.
Shop now: Chaise Mule for £285 from Dear Frances
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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