Time for some festive sparkle. Now, being a classy, grown-up site and a tat-free zone, this means a subtle display of elegant silver footwear. Back in September when London Fashion Week was well underway, I met Fiona Orde (the lovely lady in the first picture). She looked fabulous in her classic trilby hat, winter white layering and kick-ass silver boots. I even managed to overlook the fur stole. Being a child of the sixties, I'm a huge fan of futuristic footwear. So, for a friend's cocktail party last week, embracing Casual Glamour to the max - and trying hard not to feel too resentful about missing The Killing II - I teamed a grey marl t-shirt with my new M&S sequin skirt and an old pair of shiny slingbacks. These shoes nearly ended up in the charity shop bag during my last wardrobe workout - they're actually quite battered when you see them up-close, but now I'm glad they were spared.
And here's some more metallic footwear:
Which all goes to show that shiny shoes are incredibly chic and it is possible to wear them without looking like a five-year-old at a children's teaparty. To prove that we're talking perennial style, just take a look at the Chanel spring/summer 2012 catwalk:
The Guiseppe Zanotti silver boot, Pierre Hardy hi-top and Miu Miu glitter pump are all from Net-a-Porter and even though it's sale time there are some sizes still available.
Glitter Chelsea boot, Topshop.
Ballet pump, Beyond Skin.
Fiona Orde: Fashionistable