According to my meticulous research (i.e. a Google search), Autumn officially began on Sunday 23rd September and whilst, certainly in Britain, the weather tried commendably to stay glorious as a remnant of the beautiful summer months we’ve enjoyed, I can confirm that, indeed, the weather has turned. But let us not lament the carefree breeziness of summer and instead, look forward to the brisk but cozy evenings spent with loved ones, the draw of the darker nights setting in and the fresh crispness of city strolls. And with the cooler temperatures comes seasonally-appropriate fashion and a select few investment purchases to see us through.
With established fashion houses showcasing sartorial offerings such as outdoor-inspired looks, pinstripes and checks and warm fabrics such as shearling, layered leather and quilted outerwear, the overriding tone for the new season was one of practicality and comfort (gasp!). Earthy tones also dominated the catwalks and the footwear was hiker-inspired, with commando soles dominating the scene. If it’s dainty or overly-complicated, it’s out. AW18 is all about statement, functional fashion and we at Cheaney are embracing this revelation and have cherry picked our favorites from our latest collection.
The ‘It’ Colour; Brown
The dominant catwalk shade for A/W was brown, be it textured in luxurious suede or smooth and chic in leather, adorned with laces or simple slip ons, whatever takes your fancy, just make sure it’s brown. Perfect as a transitional shade and paying homage to the Autumnal colour palette, brown footwear can really stand out amongst the sea of black shoes stomping the city streets and is also a stylistically fluid hue, completely unobtrusive paired with a suit, chinos or jeans.
The Lewisham Penny Loafers in plough suede is a new arrival for our A/W collection and although I see your slightly bemused smile and raised brow (loafers, in Winter?) we encourage you to embrace the comfort and transitional edge of the humble loafer. Albeit controversial, deciding to wear socks with loafers for the cooler months can add practicality to the style and socks with interesting textures, colours or patterns can make a bold statement to your look.
Searches for Hiker Boots have skyrocketed by 43% in the last 2 months on global fashion search engine Lyst (source: www.theguardian.com) and this utilitarian trend has stormed the A/W catwalks. Hiker boots have that wonderful duality whereby you can freely stomp around country trails but also not look out of place strolling through the city streets. The Brit Grip rubber sole and heel and ski hook fastening offer a secure fit and the functionality of a quality, well constructed hiker boot serves as a smart investment whilst also nodding towards the utilitarian trend. Performance-wear features heavily in our new collections with a new addition of Whernside, the shoe version of our ever-popular Ingleborough boot.
Chunky Soles (Especially Commando)
Not only does a thick sole provide the practical element of extra grip during wintry weather, but the platform sole style is a highly sought after AW18 footwear trend that is surprisingly easy to blend into your everyday look. Style a pair of chunky-soled brogues with a trench coat for a truly autumnal silhouette that can be worn effortlessly by men and women alike.
The Lulu ladies Derby Brogue with wingcaps, perforation detail and that statement sole are the ideal winter shoe. Available in burgundy and black with a high shine, polished finish, these ladies brogues with thick soles deliver an impeccably chic look which can be worked into a preppy outfit of pinstriped trousers and a jumper for a work appropriate winter outfit. For our men’s collection we added Gateshead, an apron boot with a distinctive Vibram ripple sole and an overall urban industrial aesthetic. Constructed on the 142 last,originally reserved for our Aviator collection, Gateshead features a rounded and roomier toe with high toe pitch angle and the Chicago Tan colourway is materialized in Chromexcel Leather. Chromexcel leather is the classic “pull-up” leather meaning that, when folded and flexed, greases and oils that were infused into the original hide migrate, causing a very nice tonal effect. The leather also develops a ‘refined ruggedness,’ a character of the leather whereby creases and furrows will quickly appear through the material, giving the boots a worn-in, vintage look.
Another timeless footwear design is the ever-present lace up boot. Exuding effortless style with a tough edge, this style has become a footwear staple in many a personal collection. The high-top design with its heel tabs is reminiscent of the classic Chelsea boot design, while the lace fastening gives the Balmoral boot a more refined, fashion-forward finish.
Embrace an earthy, Autumnal colour palette by selecting Balmoral boots from the Anna D+ collection with olive and burnished burgundy colour options. The contrast of suede and leather adds extra juxtaposition to this design, while the beautiful hues of khaki and burgundy offer a great way of introducing Autumnal colour to a laid back outfit.
Our friends who favour handcrafted shoes should turn to our collection of new arrivals at Cheaney Shoes for fantastic timeless footwear options that will no doubt appeal to all tastes. For British made shoes that epitomise style and high quality, look no further than the classic and contemporary ranges of men’s and women’s shoes at Joseph Cheaney & Sons.