We’ve already sorted you out with which designer handbags you need to be investing in for autumn/winter, so now it’s time to look at shoes (‘Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet’ said Christian Dior).
And while we know who the big players were last season (Saint Laurent thigh-high boots, Ganni cowboy boots, pretty much anything Balenciaga etc), we’re keen to know which niche brands we need to snap up before they get too big – and sell out.
We asked the experts at Moda Operandi to share the designers they’re backing for AW18.
A by Anabelle
Shop now: A By Anabelle Jardin Majorelle Amor Pump for £630 from Moda Operandi
Milan-based designer Anabelle Tsitsin is from Israel, and she launched her brand in 2016. They’re super fun party shoes, with details that include a heart Swarovski buckle and Eiffel Tower heel. Our favorite style: #118 the Jardin Majorelle, inspired by Saint-Laurent’s garden in Morocco.
Shop now: Saptodjojokartiko Magani Bow Lambskin And Velvet Mule for £340 from Moda Operandi
This is huge in Indonesia, and launching exclusively on Moda Operandi. The designer’s known for his embellishments and soft palette, and he’s all about the flat mule – look out for the Fabergé egg-inspired ones.
The brand is hige in Asia. The pricepoint is sharp, with pieces that are modern and chic. Our favorite is the buckle slide that’s rendered in satin for upper, and canvas for the insole/sole. The brand’s creative director is Capucine Safyurtlu, was a former French Voguette.
Shop now: Neous Calanthe Mule for £520 from Moda Operandi
London-based Neous are quickly making a name for themselves thanks to their beautiful paired back shoes and sculptured heels (creative directors Alan Buanne and Vanissa Antonious are inspired by architecture and art).
Shop now: N°21 Billy White Sneakers for £475 from Moda Operandi
The lucky number and birthday of designer Alessandro Dell’Acqua, N°21 is all about balancing men’s tailoring with ultra feminine details, so expect the unexpected. Think glitter kitten heels adorned with bows and chunky dad trainers.