The Milan Fashion Week street style pics that prove the Italians really do shoes better

(Image credit: 2019 Christian Vierig)

London Fashion Week may have brought us the the street style to base our wardrobe around, including the shoes the entire FROW was wearing, and if you're really into that, then you'll be pleased to hear that at Milan Fashion Week, it was all about shoes.

Without going into clichés, Italian women really do do shoes quite well. From the dramatic (neon heeled sandals) to the understated (chic ankle boots), they can effortlessly dress from the foot up, and here are some street style pics to prove it.

Oh and if you want to emulate their style, I've managed to find either the exact shoes or similar, for you to shop...

The Jimmy Choo knee high boots

There will always be room in an Italian woman's wardrobe for some leopard print shoes - this is the land of Dolce & Gabbana after all. However, this season, they're staying firmly in the closet, to make room for some uber chic knee-high snake print boots. One pair in particular that I couldn't stop seeing were the Jimmy Choo Brelan and Mavis boots as seen on Bettina Looney.

(Image credit: 2019 Christian Vierig)

Shop now: Mavis boots for £1,050 from Jimmy Choo

Style note straight from Jimmy Choo: 'With a sculptural dip in the leather and a cut under the knee, Brelan is representative of a modern silhouette for a modern woman. Wear with an oversized hoodie for a stand-out look.'

The Bottega Veneta quilted leather mules

I literally couldn't walk two feet without bumping into Bottega Veneta-clad feet. The black and cream ones have been particularly popular, and you'll be lucky to get your hands on these, however there is no harm in adding your name to the waitlist. 

(Image credit: 2019 Edward Berthelot)

Shop now: BOTTEGA VENETA Quilted leather mules for £633 from MATCHESFASHION.COM

The Tod's loafers

Flats, but make it chic. You might think that Italian women aren't casual enough to wear flats, but you'd be mistaken. Sure, we're not talking dad sandals or trainers here, but as Paola Alberdi proved, shiny loafers are where it's at.

(Image credit: 2019 Christian Vierig)

Shop now: Loafers in leather from TOD’S

Now over to Paris Fashion Week where the French ladies will no doubt give us a classic style lesson or two.

A très bientôt.

Penny Goldstone

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, 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.