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  • going-out heels, the only ones I can walk in without having to cling on to another person). My two pairs of Isabel Marant Dicker boots in mushroom suede and black leather, which are so well-worn they’re turning up at the toes. There are some blue Converse (still with sand in them from the summer); a pair of lace-up boots from Chloé (yes, “those old things”, others must think when I wear them), and a pair of black Mary-Janes from Prada circa, um, 2002. So there you go. My Capsule Shoe Closet. I mean, come on, Christa! For someone who cannot help judging others by their footwear, I really need a radical stocktake.

    But what are the magic pairs of shoes an ideal capsule all-season shoe closet should contain? Well, according to my highly scientific research, the answer is 10. Okay, it’s a pretty random number, but it sort of works. The trick is, each pair should be maintained and adored as much as your very first pair of school shoes (remember how you used to trip over them, almost with pride? Yes, like that).

    Let’s start with flats, shall we, because every woman needs to own a pair of brogues. Aren’t they the most important buy to acknowledge the man’s world trend that has consumed FW13? That’ll be Church’s and Maison Martin Margiela, for me. And while I’m at it, some Robert Clergerie creepers.

    Next up are Repetto ballet flats and, crucially, a pair (or three) of sneakers. I loved how Giles showed Adidas Gazelle trainers with ball gowns for SS14. I also like the idea of slip-on Keds-style sneakers from Céline or Givenchy (lovely with slouchy pants) and, naturally, good old Converse All Stars.

    We then get into ankle boots, without which, frankly, I couldn’t survive: a pair of medium-heeled ones from Rag & Bone, plus a higher pair for evening that one


    “The TRICK is, each pair should be ADORED as much as your first pair of SCHOOL shoes”

    can walk in on cobblestones, just like all those Parisian editors. As I write this, I’m eyeing up the Alaïa black suede ones with silver discs.


    Moving on, a pair of barely there sandals (Saint Laurent, mmm) and flip-flops, musts for summer. Then there is the burning issue of pointy pumps. I am not sure it is possible to get through the year without a pair in gray suede from either Christian Louboutin or Gianvito Rossi, and for leg-lengthening purposes some in nude patent.

    What’s next? Oh, yes, the Mary- Jane: the perfect accompaniment to a shift dress. J’adore Marc Jacobs’ medium-heeled nude ones, and I like Gucci’s black patent pair, too. Then there are Fendi’s silver T-bars – metallic should have a voice in a capsule shoe closet.

    So where am I now? I must be on number 10. And for that I will play my wild card – something mad and bad by Sophia Webster. Yes! I will wear them. I promise. Now I just need some expensive shoe trees to go with them.

    How to create

    A shoe closet

    no wardrobe should be without
    these go-to styles

    EVENING BOOTS

    The finishing touch for night-time dressing.

    Brilliant BROGUES

    The perfect boy-meets-girl staple.

    WILD CARD

    A true statement shoe speaks for itself.

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