Last Updated on 19th October 2013

alexachungloafers_220508.jpgWhenever there is a stampede of vertiginous footwear like those of the current skyscraper climate, you can be sure there is a thoroughly horizontal backlash just around the corner.

Not that I am advocating an utter abandonment of all things heeled (I’m a heels girl through and through) it’s just that there are some occasions for which my 5 inch wedges and aching feet just will not do. And for those times, I must admit I’m a little bored with what is on offer.

Despite claims that the “ballet pump is back” (did they ever go away?), or ever-amorous support for the brogue (which I do love but they have become oh-so-ubiquitous), I am turning to an old classic for my foot salvation. Yes, that’s right, the loafer is the only shoe that will do.

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Is it just me or does the original Russell and Bromley “Chester” shoe, complete with tassels that look like they were made with a History teacher in mind, suddenly look just right?


Clunky and masculine, yes, but oh-so-charming. The bertie bassett chunkiness is like a particularly rewarding fashion challenge that will pay dividends in kudos if you can pull it off. In the never-ending karma of the fashion world, I have just dug out an original pair from the depths of my mother’s wardrobe and am now basking in the comfort and style of my new favourite shoe.

Nostalgic of a time when 80s housewives would drop their children off at school in the leather beauties and a pair of patterned leggings (yes, this is a personally specific memory but surely I wasn’t the only one?!). This is not, however, a combination I would advocate trying out this time around. Instead, team them with pretty summer dresses and flippy skirts for an endearingly awkward look that makes me feel a little like a Parisian student from the 60s. Comfort and style….what’s not to like?

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