#ShoesFirst: 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, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Jimmy Choo and ASOS have jazzed up their new season styles with sequins, bows and pom poms just in time for Christmas party dresses season. The embellished sandals are destined for the dance floor. Topshop's got your fancy footwork sorted with some fantastic metallic kicks - here's hoping they'll star in the tidal wave of Topshop Black Friday deals coming up.
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. Marks and Sparks takes the simple silhouette for a spin by updating it in steely velvet - though we're sure there will be more to adore in 2017's M&S Black Friday sale. 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...
PRADA Feather-trimmed satin sandals
The most coveted sandals of Fashion Week have finally landed.
MIU MIU Faux pearl-embellished patent-leather and tartan tweed sandals
Tartan is back for the new season, and these will look incredible with a black velvet suit.
BLACK LOW POINT SLING BACK COURT
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.
NAZIA Leather Cone Heel Sandals
If you’re feeling bold, try wearing these with a white suit.
Strappy Open Toe Sandal, £49, CHARLES & KEITH
Wide Fit Navy Satin Ankle Tie Heels
With a chic satin ribbon these boots are the perfect day-to-night heels.
GUCCI Knotted floral-print leather sandals
Embrace your inner romantic with these floral shoes.
Signature Point Court Shoes
We’ll never get bored of leopard print heels.
PRADA Bow-embellished suede mules
Mules are perfect for the office, and for Autumn/Winter, velvet is the fabric of choice.
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Tsarou 85 veau velours
If you thought black velvet shoes were boring, think again.
POLKA DOT HIGH HEEL COURT SHOES
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
Kate Spade Watson heels
We’re obsessed with embroidered details.
Take florals into winter with the brocade pumps.
Shop now: Embroidered shoes for £49.99 from Mango
FLORET BLACK LACE CLOSED COURTS
Sometimes great style is as simple as a paired back lace pump.
SAINT LAURENT Opyum patent-leather pumps
An iconic shoe to zip around the office in.
Hierarchy T Bar Point Courts
Make like Carrie Bradshaw in these decadent heels.
SOPHIA WEBSTER Juno tassel-embellished leather sandals
Don’t ditch those summer vibes just yet – these tassel sandals will still look great with your autumn workwear.
Francis heeled sandals
Wear with denim culottes and an oversized blouse.
TIE-BACK SUEDE SANDALS
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
WOMEN'S LAMB LEATHER SLINGBACK PUMP IN METAL
These 70s-style, colourful heels are ideal for a big night.
High Venezia Sandals
No summer wardrobe is complete without a coral sandal.
VIVACIOUS Bow Trim Court
A good bow goes a long way. Toughen these up by wearing with frayed denim and a men’s shirt.
ASOS HAPPY FRUIT Heeled Sandals
Add these fun sandals to your holiday capsule wardrobe, stat.
Geox Audalie heels
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