The January sales season has arrived; a period more festive than Christmas itself to those fashion-mad of us. Buying those perfect designer pieces with a previously eye watering price tag, now becomes possible and even sensible.
Opting for a more expensive item never disappointed me, as the quality and refinement not only justifies the price, but more importantly, makes it perfectly acceptable to go for a design with ‘character’. This is particularly true for shoes, where we should aim to buy well made (usually expensive) shoes that will last and provide versatility – able to be worn equally well with casual or office attire.
The avid readers of FashionBeans will have spotted the recent popularity of monk strap shoes, which offer the versatility that allows one to wear them all week round. Simultaneously although at a more subdued rate, there has been a rise in the popularity of tassel loafers. These stand at the absolute forefront of the ‘preppy’ trend, offering the relaxed appearance of a velvet slipper, while looking equally brilliant with a suit. Different from the military character of a monk strap shoe, the tassel loafer gives an instant impression of a sophistication; that unique quality often hard to define without giving a reference to wealth.
A perfect specimen are these black tasselled leather loafers by Paul Smith. The round toe with delicate stitching, as well as the woven detail around the sides make these clearly stand out; while the refined leather in a muted black colour allows you to wear them with a suit on any day of the week.
Shop now over at Mr.Porter.