When it comes to shoes, I am completely blind to what most people would probably call Too Much. The more ridiculous, the better. Frills, feathers, pom-poms, sequins – you name it, I’ve worn it. Yet, even I have to admit that, when faced with city streets, cold weather and the prospect of being on my feet all day, practicality is starting to make more sense. This does not mean, however, that I want to sacrifice all sense of fun. Which is why, when several of the most practical dressers I know told me that they were fully “into” silver shoes at the moment, I felt compelled to investigate. I use that verb in the loosest sense of the word.
The Pool’s own Frankie Graddon is one of the loudest advocates of this particular phenomenon. “At first, I was worried I might look a bit like David Bowie – but not in a good way. I have found, however, that these boots work with absolutely everything in my wardrobe and might be the best thing I’ve ever bought.” Frankie’s not the only one, either. While I would say that ankle boots are one of the best ways to pull off silver (they look great with jeans, dresses and skirts, while remaining suitably dressed down), the high street also has block heels, flats and brogues for you to choose from.
I have a pair of silver Mary Janes that I wear with everything – and I really mean everything. Being silver, they actually reflect the colour I'm wearing, meaning they don't clash with anything. They’re also super comfy and have lasted years. Now, though, I’m in the market for a new pair. If you want something fancy, Uterqüe’s slingbacks are ideal, while I’m making a beeline for M&S’s strappy pair – they’ll be my new everyday shoes. My favourite thing about dressing from my feet upwards is that I can form the rest of my outfit accordingly. If you find that silver shoes feel a bit extra for your tastes, wear them with your jeans and jumpers. Or, pile on metallic accessories until the cows come home if you want to embrace maximalism. Either way, you’ll wear them all autumn (and winter and maybe even spring).
5 of the best silver shoes on the high street