While court shoes may not possess quite the same level of cool factor as say, a tech sneaker or backless mule, they shouldn’t be overlooked this season. A shoe-drobe constant, the appeal of the court lies in its versatility. Kind of like the footwear equivalent of an old friend, a great pair of court shoes will be there for you whenever you need them. In need of some inspo on how to style yours? You’ve come to the right place…
Juxtapose the inherently sexy shape of the court shoe with masculine tailoring for your go-to office look. Tapered trousers that sit just above the ankle to show a flash of leg are the most flattering, and designs with a gathered, paper-bag style waist are key for the new season. Once the weather warms up, try a wide leg culotte. When it comes to your courts, look for styles that will work beyond the 9-5. The blue ombre hue of Carvela’s best-selling 'Alice' and the subtle gold strap on Kurt Geiger’s 'Heddon' courts elevate the staple shape without being too OTT for the office.
Want to inject a little of that aforementioned cool factor into your courts? Reach for your trusty denim. It’s a look that lends itself especially well to this season’s kitten heels, and straight leg, frayed blues provide the perfect contrast to the opulent jewel detail of Kurt Geiger’s 'Pia' courts. In go-with-everything black, a popping pink print or yellow – the shade of spring and next season – think slogan tees and sleek blazers by day, then switch to silky, pyjama style shirts after dark. Go easy on the accessories – Pia’s dazzling crystals provide all the embellishment you need.
There’s something about slipping into a court shoe that just makes us feel that little bit more put together, are we right? Play up the polished vibe by pairing with SS18’s most-wanted skirt silhouette, the pencil. Yep, secretary chic is firmly back in the fashion game thanks to Gucci, Fendi , Max Mara and Prada, who sent pencil skirts down the catwalks with kitten heeled courts. Channel the look with Kurt Geiger 'Peony', a glossy patent kitten court. For something sexier that’s guaranteed to put a wiggle in your walk, Kurt Geiger’s cigarette-heeled 'Britton' in high-octane red patent is perfect. Keep skirts form-fitting and waist-cinching, and wear with everything from fine-knit polo necks to shirts and tees.