One step ahead

Style, some would say, starts from the feet and moves upwards.

Shoes occupy a large and joyful place in our heads and hearts. A perfectly balanced shoe can transform the way that we hold ourselves. Any woman who has ever stepped out in a pair of Rupert Sanderson’s – famous for his peerless architecture – will testify that it will forever be hard to go back: compellingly beautiful, instantly recognisable to the trained eye, and – almost uniquely – timeless.

For high-octane sass, who comes close to Gina for glamour, attitude and sheer va va voom? Not to mention versatility. A classic, dynamite heel? Always relevant.

Aquazzura has a real clout when it comes to combining elegance and edge. A true favourite of the fashion pack, the detailing of these shoes combined with their delicacy, is irresistible. Like dancing on starlight.

Of course we sometimes need to go low-key, subtle, casual... the chic anchor of a perfect Stuart Weitzman ankle boot, the in-the know shabby chic of a Golden Goose trainer.

There’s a reason the big names resonate. It’s because we all know that they put us a step ahead. They give the world confidence in us. And, far more importantly, they give us confidence in ourselves.

Put your best foot forward in these delectable brands, all available at Bicester Village, a member of The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, near London.