Set your intentions for the new year now by deciding which shoes you’re going to wear to step into 2024… While all of your December outfits were likely to be well-considered looks, for accessory aficionados, shoes are the finishing touch. They act as punctuation to your outfit. A full stop for your feet. From the most boujee boutiques to the fashion world’s flagship stores, Bond Street is the ultimate destination to secure those ruby slippers, dancing shoes or glass stilettos, whatever you’re planning on doing during the first months of the brave new year. By Alexandra Fullerton.
Hot on the heels of Alaïa’s cult Mary Jane flats from summer, these slick patent mules complement the maison’s equally desirable Le Coeur bag. Creative director Pieter Mulier is obviously a romantic at heart. These shoes are already becoming the must-have heel of the moment and we’ve spotted them on some of the most influential content creators around. We suggest you put in a call, pronto, to secure your own pair. Love is all around.
Heart 90 patent-leather and vinyl mules, £890; Alaïa, 139 New Bond Street, W1S 2TL
Miu Miu Ballerina
Every true fashionista knows Mrs Prada can do no wrong and when it comes to shoes? Miu Miu’s whimsical take on something as prosaic as footwear is guaranteed to wow every single time. From dainty click-clack mules encrusted with diamante to pearl-detailed slingbacks, it was almost too tough a task to choose the perfect party pair… but proving that flats can be just as desirable as the most vertiginous heels, these satin ballet shoes can take a bow.
Satin ballerinas, £700; Miu Miu, 150 New Bond Street, W1S 2TU
With nail polish bottles, broken eggs and upturned red roses all on call to form the structure of Loewe’s shoes, you can be assured of a high dose of surreal humour with your heels. For winter, the Toy heel is the motif of the moment, and while the oversized velvet bow seems classically chic, those in the know will appreciate your nod to the more subversive side of style curated by creative director Jonathan Anderson.
Toy D’Orsay in crushed velvet, £925; Loewe, 41 New Bond Street, W1S 2SQ
If your 2024 antics see you donning a tuxedo and a suave demeanour, a pair of Burberry’s new, distinctive Italian-made calf leather “Barbed” loafers will add an extra dash of debonair style to a classic outfit. The insole is in rich blue quilted leather, contrasting nicely with the shoes’ colours and cushioning the foot, while the leather soles, blue on the bottom and embossed with the house Equestrian Knight motif, create an elegant silhouette. No clunky treads here, thank you. The signature of these rounded-toe beauties, though, is the hardware, which references silver barbed wire. In three colours: black, “daffodil” (a pale yellowy tan) and “poison” (burgundy). Accessorise with an Old Fashioned.
Barbed loafer, £750; Burberry, 21-23 New Bond Street, London W1S 2RE
Label lovers and clubbers that are looking for a more relaxed option for their new-year look will fall for Gucci’s MAC80 sneaker. Reimagined in new colourways, it’s part of the incoming Cruise collection and in store now. Whether you’re having it large in a crowded club, or perhaps a penthouse party, these black, white and red detailed sneakers are a comfy – yet chic – choice. There doesn’t need to be a compromise. Baggy jeans and these box-fresh bad boys? 2024, incoming.
Men’s MAC80 sneaker, £660; Gucci, 144-146 New Bond Street, W1S 2TR