Footwear | High-end Winter? Yes Please.

Puma x McQ WMNS Move Mid - Black

SO, Winter seems to be coming in slowly as the days go by; the big coats, jackets, jumpers and of-course the un-avoidable onesies are starting to come out the wardrobes. As it has just gone past the start of a new school year, I’m pretty sure most University students will have invested their loans and grants into one of those at some point. Fun times! Hopefully you haven’t forgotten to pay your rent and get some food in your fridge!

If you have a few £££ left to spoil yourself, or are generally looking for some eye-grabbing and pretty high-end footwear, this winter’s looking really good to accommodate you just for that. So, I’ve got five of what I think are the baddest and quite affordable sneakers for you to consider. Girls, there’s something for you as well. Check out the pics below:

1. Clae Grant – Oxblood ($150/ £93)

The Grant sneaker combines elements of both boots and sneakers, such as an off-white rubber cupsole and a supple oxblood leather upper. Two-tone hiker laces are fastened by metal navy D-ring eyelets. The leather tongue overlays a second hidden tonal suede panel with Clae-branding, while the ankle is rimmed with a soft navy suede.

2. Gram Cupsole High 470G – Navy / Black ($180/ £111.93)

The Cupsole High silhouette attempts to fill the void between casual shoes and contemporary sneakers. The sneaker features a very high-top cut and is composed of a mixture of nylon and snakeskin. The toe cup features a sultry black snakeskin, while the remainder is a combination of navy nylon with black overlay panels. The shoe sits atop a black midsole, and features the shoe’s weight and name near the heel on the medial side. Black metal eyelets and tonal waxed round laces complete this execution.

3. Filling Pieces Mountain Boot Alligator Embossed – Black ($280/ £174)

For their Fall/Winter 2014 collection, Filling Pieces delivers their Mountain Boot silhouette in nubuck, embossed with an alligator print. The embossed nubuck upper features tonal leather overlays amidst the face panels and quilted heel panel. Details include a tonal cow leather sockliner with Filling Pieces branding on the insole, as well as gunmetal D-ring eyelets and tonal waxed cotton laces. The shoe sits atop a white Margom sole, and is finished off with FP stamped on the tongue. As always, the shoes are hand-made in Portugal.

4. Puma x Alexander McQueen Women’s Move Mid – Black ($295/ £183)

Remember when I said girls there’s something for you too? Well this is it! Puma partners with designer label Alexander McQueen to deliver yet another high-end collection for the Fall/Winter seasons. The custom Move silhouette is built using a porous mesh base for breathability and lightweight comfort, while tonal leather overlays weave around the exterior creating almost as an exoskeleton. The toe and heel wraps are composed of a premium tonal tumbled leather, while the liner is a contrasting white leather. The sole unit is entirely translucent, and the flat cotton laces are tonal.

And finally…

5. Hudson Balsta – Triple Black (KITH Exclusive) ($250/ £155)

KITH partners with Hudson to deliver a model globally exclusive to KITH – the Hudson Balsta – Triple Black. The silhouette is a high-top sneaker, fully handmade in Portugal. The upper is repatterned in ecliptic scotch-grained leathers, while the heel wrap is a velvety tonal suede. The top of the heel wrap ends in a heel pull for added accessibility. The liner and footbeds are a contrasting off-white leather, delivering an undeniably smooth ride.

Number 1 & 3 are my personal favourites so far; definitely worth looking at. Any of them up to your taste?

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