October 22, 2020 at 06:00AM
I wouldn’t call myself a shoe person, and so I have never been tempted to spend a lot on a designer pair of heels or anything you’d classify as really “special.” I get too many blisters and don’t take enough Ubers. There is one exception to this, however, as Proenza Schouler’s ankle boots, loafers and sandals are tempting for people like me who want their shoes to be “hardy” and practical. They manage to do the seemingly impossible and make chunky loafers and hiking boots actually quite beautiful, thanks to the quality leather and distinctive stitching and buckles.
This summer Proenza Schouler was responsible for the most in-demand pair of sandals, as they collaborated with Birkenstock on a special edition version of its two-strap sandals. Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller and more were spotted wearing them throughout the summer, however, it looks like the brand is going to continue its winning streak into winter. There is one pair in particular which is quickly gaining traction this autumn: the tread sole T-bar leather loafers. They have a school-girl charm thanks to the silver buckle and cutout detailing, but the cream leather and burgundy patent options make them feel more elevated than typical loafers.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn/winter 2020.