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Autumn/winter ’12 brought with it a sumptuous collection of shoes, many of which steered clear of the ‘high fashion’ (read: unwearable) label, and quickly became our new season must-haves as we saw them stride along the catwalks back in February.

Sexed-up platform Mary Janes; loafers ranging from patent to pretty heavily studded and trusty ankle boots with off kilter detailing all caught our eye and here’s how you should be shopping for them this season.

If you’re after a season-appropriate shoedrobe but always run back to ‘safety net’ designs because you can’t bear to splash the cash on one wear ‘It’ designs, check out our three key new season shoe picks!

The Ankle Boot

Where: Burberry Prorsum, Acne, Mulberry

Why: The ankle boot is a trusty winter staple, and for the new season it’s been sexed up with various embellishments. Perfect for pairing with a pencil skirt and soft knit for work or equally stylish worn with leather trousers and a slouchy t-shirt for off-duty cool; we love the tough luxe feel the silver chain detailing brings to these McQ brogued boots.

What: McQ Brogued Boot, £425, available at Kurt Geiger

The Season-hopping Slipper

Where: Emporio Armani, Carven, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Why: The slipper isn’t a slippery trend (pun intended), in fact it’s here to stay for good as a wardrobe staple we have all come to love (especially our feet!). If you’re looking for an alternative to the now common round toe slipper, opt for a simple pointed version with standout detail.

What: MJ Navy Gem Slippers, £32, available at Topshop

The Brocade Party Heel

Where: Dolce & Gabbana, Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta

Why: Heavy, opulent brocade is a new season favourite and spread from the clothes onto footwear for autumn/winter ’12. Metallic accents are perfect for livening up a moody hued outfit, and a great way to incorporate the trend into your look if your not too keen on slipping into a pair of brocade trousers. The subtle gold colour and sturdy block heel make these pumps the perfect investment for party season. An early Christmas present to yourself, maybe?

What: Stella McCartney ‘Campbell’ Brocade Platform Pumps, £465, available at Matches

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