The sheer beauty and practicality of Sophie Hulme's structured tote will forever play on my mind but there's no denying that ugly flats are the new statement handbag this year.
On my watch they're the kale of footwear, the trophy item, this season's show piece. The paradoxical pairings that work with everything, especially socks (of the ribbed sports variety).
The kookier the better too. Think OTT detailing, fringing and clashy colour ways. And then there's the German heritage brand which has been producing ugly two-strap shoes for a cool 230 years - Birkenstock. Those cork soles are back, baby. In a very big way.Functionality is everything and if Phoebe Philo (along with Marni, Marc Jacobs and Lanvin) has gone all out on Birkenstock-inspired treads, they're a sure thing.
The Spring/Summer 2014 catwalks all embraced ugly, easy-on, androgynous flats and there was barely a sky-high stiletto to be seen. Yes, fashion kicks are the champion trend (flatforms too) but my eyes are on the regular flat revamped into quirky wonderfulness.
There's no shame either. Who needs to add inches to their look when there's bells, beads, whistles, print, patent and feathers to style out?
Besides, after Emma Thompson kicked off her bloodthirsty Louboutins ONSTAGE at the 2014 Golden Globes (total heroine), there's even more reason to give up the heels game and just keep your look on the horizontal low.
Shop this edit of footwear to be worn with ANY co-ordination this season...