As winter draws closer and the festive season comes rolling in, we find ourselves back in the midst of one of the most hectic (but fun-filled) times of the year.
With social calendars brimming and party season lurking just around the corner, we need shoes capable of carrying us seamlessly from day to night in style. That means those tired old work stompers aren’t going to cut it any more.
Office-to-bar dressing has always been tricky territory, but with the right kit on your shoe rack you can make things a whole lot easier. And thankfully, with its AW17 collection, Dune London is helping us bridge that difficult sartorial gap.
For their new campaign, Dune London draws inspiration from London’s famous West End, telling the tale of two could-be lovers who meet against a backdrop of the city’s early-autumnal haze and dance their way through to winter. However, the shoes are the real stars of the show here and with a collection full of iconic silhouettes updated for party season, you’ll find the perfect pair to help you get from desk to dancefloor – and look great while doing it.
5 Styles To Take You From Day To Night
The Chelsea Boot
When 5 o’clock comes and you dance out of the office to the nearest watering hole, a pair of Chelsea boots will get you there in style. These well-heeled staples are arguably the ultimate smart-casual shoe and while they’re perfect for taking you from day to night, they’ll comfortably take you from work to weekend too.
Dune London’s Cowes design has everything you could want from a Chelsea boot: soft premium suede uppers and contrasting side panels keep things classic, while a crepe sole lends a nice contemporary touch and will keep you comfortable long after closing time.
A true all-rounder if ever we’ve seen one.
The Coloured Derby
A key trend for AW17, coloured shoes are ideal for adding a dash of personality to a stuffy office getup. Obviously, we’re not talking bright yellow or neon pink here, but seasonally-appropriate shades of blue, oxblood and khaki green will bring a touch of individuality to your footwear rotation.
Still unsure? Dune London’s Planet Derby will change your mind. The classic Derby silhouette has been modernised via a dark navy upper with a pop of subtle colour around the edge of the outsole, making it a smart blend of fun and formal.
Looking equally at home with textured wool trousers during the nine-to-five as they do slim denim at the weekend, these are versatile enough to wear all week.
The Modern Monk-Strap
Monk-strap shoes have been a firm favourite among dapper dressers for a long time, but what they offer in looks, they often lack in comfort. This can make wearing them for an entire day in the office and then a night on the town seem like a painful prospect. Thankfully, the Braveheart design from Dune London solves this problem and adds some much-needed personality to your outfit in the process.
With a traditional double monk-strap upper sat atop a sporty, blue wedge sole, this model cements Dune London’s well-earned reputation for fusing classic silhouettes with contemporary details.
The Grown-Up Trainer
Over the past few years, trainers have transitioned from a purely casual footwear option to something much more versatile. A focus on premium materials and stripped-back design means that it’s now perfectly acceptable to wear them with everything from tailored chinos to a suit.
The Tristan trainer from Dune London is ideal for mixing work and play. Its suede leather upper, minimalist styling and a clean overall appearance make it perfect for taking you from boring meeting to bustling bar and anywhere you might stop off in between.
Available in classic brown or black colourways, it comes complete with a white outsole and contrast stitching. Comfort and style guaranteed if you’ve earned a drink or two.
The Smart Boot
Lace-up boots are one of the most tried and tested types of winter footwear. They may be functional, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish – Dune London’s recent collaboration with internationally-renowned designer and printmaker Kit Neale is testament to that.
The young London-based creative has produced a capsule collection with Dune London for AW17, drawing inspiration from packaging found at Asian supermarkets. One of the stand-out – and most versatile – items in the range is the Weaver: a simple leather Derby boot with a lug sole and patterned pull tab to the heel.
Available in black or navy, the Weaver’s minimalist styling and understated design makes it the perfect colleague in the office and the ideal wingman at the bar. Plus, whatever the weather’s doing on the way home, you can rest safe in the knowledge that your feet will remain warm and dry.
Shop the full autumn/winter 2017 footwear collection now in stores and online at dunelondon.com.