Anyone who grew up watching Carrie in Sex and the City was led to believe that adulthood would involve a serious amount of designer shoes. Then we grew and discovered to our dismay that most people’s budgets to not stretch to a selection of £700 shoes – although we haven’t given up trying.
While we may still be lusting over Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks, it’s good to know that the high street has plenty of designer-inspired footwear options available, all at a fraction of the price of high-end labels.
Take H&M, for example, which has a summer sandal collection that will see you through sunny nights (and hopefully a few fun nights) in style.
When we first spotted the futuristic, moulded rubber slides above on You’s Fashion Editor Sophie Dearden, was assumed they were designer. They have more than a passing resemblance to a pair of £472 Yeezy slides, available from Farfetch. In fact, Sophie told us, they only cost £8.99 from H&M, are super comfy thanks to the rubberised sole and have won her loads of compliments since she bought them. Result.
This set us off on an exploration through all of H&M’s footwear offering, and we found plenty of designer-inspired shapes and styles. For example, the imitation leather braided slides, which cost £14, remind us of some of the braided and quilted styles available on Net-a-Porter from brands such as Gianvito Rossi and Bottega Veneta, despite being more than £600 cheaper.
Also on our lust-list are a pair of bold black slides with a chunky gold chain detail, which pay homage to JW Anderson’s iconic style. The designer take will cost you £465, while at H&M you can get the look for £24.99.
It’s not just flat sandals we’ve got our eyes on – there are plenty of great party shoes too. Flared heel mules, for example, which are available for £680 from The Attico at Net-a-Porter, can be bought for £24.99 from H&M (although admittedly nothing can quite beat that green glitter finish of the designer pair).
Of course, it’s always important to consider how much you’ll wear an item before buying it, rather than immediately being lured in by the designer inspiration. Our golden rule? Only buy things you genuinely love. And, if you want to know more about H&M’s sustainability credentials, make sure you pick up a copy of You magazine on Sunday to read The Green Guide ranking.
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