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The best shoes and boots for autumn

Planning your footwear for the new season? Here’s our guide on where to shop at The Oracle

Hands up who can’t wait to upgrade their footwear for autumn! We’ve done the legwork for you and found all the best autumn shoes and boots that are available to buy in The Oracle now. We’ve picked pairs that cover off all the latest autumn trends, too, from cowboy boots to chunky boots; eco-friendly trainers to block heels. Farewell flip-flops, hellloooooo shiny new shoes! Chunky white boots

Last year we saw hiking boots take the fashion pack and the high street by storm, and this season boots with a chunky black sole are still on our radar. For a new twist on the stomping style, why not try on these white boots from New Look? They’re part of New Look’s vegan footwear range, which is registered by The Vegan Society and is completely animal free. Perfect for weekends and off-duty looks, they’ll look great worn with any floaty silk skirts or floral dresses you’ve got hanging in your wardrobe. Throw on a chunky knit or your biker jacket. (Nirvana playlist optional…) If you’ve got any light jeans, these will work well – black boots can sometimes look too harsh against pale denim.

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Our pick: white faux croc lace-up ankle boots, £27.99, New Look Block heel shoes

Anyone else a sucker for a colourful court? It’s such an easy way to lift your outfit, working well with anything from denim through to suiting. This year sees red shoes still reigning high, but if you’ve already bought a pair of those, then how about choosing an autumnal mustard-yellow pair instead? Step forward these gorgeous Zara shoes. Block heel shoes are perfect if you’re working 9 ‘til 5. They’ll give your outfit a polished look while making sure your feet aren’t killing you come rush hour. Just check out the pointed toe and sculptural heel on this pair – Zara nails it again!

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Our pick: block heel shoes in mustard, £25.99, Zara ANKLE BOOTS

Ah, the one footwear style that we all have in our wardrobes: the humble ankle boot. In order to give you an excuse/reason for buying another pair this autumn, we’ve hunted down a new-season pair that have been given an AW19 overhaul… One of our favourite pairs at The Oracle – yes, it was hard to choose just one! – is this burgundy pair at Office. They get two big trend ticks from us: one, the on-trend square toe was seen all over the catwalks; and, two, the sculptural black heel makes them that little bit different from your everyday ankle boots. What to wear them with? Oh, just everything you already own – jeans, black trousers, midi skirts, jumpsuits, you name it.

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Our pick: All Together square toe block heel boots in patent leather burgundy, £95, Office COWBOY BOOTS

Now before you think we’ve gone a bit yee-hah, hear us out. Western-style boots are all over the high street and they CAN be your new boot-friend. They’re honestly wearable in real life, not just on influencers feeds. Take this black suede pair from Zara. Practically speaking, the elongated toe and low heel make them flattering and super comfortable. Keep your legs bare and pop them on with your favourite midi dress. Or add them to your skinny-jeans-and-tee ensemble. They look good with EVERYTHING! And give you instant Insta-cool in the process. Don’t believe us? Head in store and try them.

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Our pick: split suede cowboy heel boots, £95.99, Zara SNAKE PRINT BOOTS

It’s hard to shop anywhere nowadays without seeing leopard print: from coats to bags, footwear to belts, we all love a bit of (faux) leopard. What to crush on next? Snake print! We’ve seen this print on dresses in The but how about snake print boots? It’s a nice way to dip your toe in the trend…    We hunted down these Dune cream snake print boots in Debenhams. These ankle boots, with a wearable – and eye-catching – gold heel, will look great paired with both your weekend and work-day wardrobes. And we’re pretty sure they’ll inspire serious boot envy from all your friends.

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Our pick: Head over Heels by Dune Opheelia mid-block heel ankle boots, £68, Debenhams CHUNKY TRAINERS

Upping your sneaker game for autumn? The supersized trainer trend continues to run, and if you’re keen to embrace it then head to Gant. It may not be your first choice for sneakers – but you’ll be missing a trick. We’ve put this pair to the top of our shopping list. They nail the chunky trainer trend and, thanks to the red, blush pink and grey colourway, feel totally new for autumn too. A pair of these will toughen up your autumn dresses a treat. Not sure if dad trainers are for you? Gant also has a great selection of more minimal white plimsoll-style sneakers too. Sprint you there…

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Our pick: Gant Madison sneakers, £115, Gant PERSONAL SHOPPING AT THE ORACLE

We popped in to see personal stylist Kash at Phase Eight to find out what she had to say about AW19 footwear trends: ‘I love a chunky heel, while chunky boots are comfortable and look great with knitwear. Animal print is a trend taking over all stores, and it looks amazing. A great way to style outfits are to compliment a plain outfit with printed accessories. Some animal print shoes, belt or earrings will look fab with a black, white or brown outfit.’ For more information or to book an appointment with Kash, pop into store, ring 01189 507 246 or visit the website.