Twiggy's fashion secrets: footwear



I’m a bootaholic. I’m not telling you how many pairs I have as I have lost count.
One of my favourites is a pair of soft leather swashbucklers, bought in the 1980s. My daughter Carly has one of my other fave pairs in moss green suede. For years and years I lived in another pair – up to the knee, with diamanté studs around the top and a tie at the back, in soft black suede. In the 90s they weren’t fashionable, so I took them to the charity shop. Let’s hope someone else is having a lovely time wearing them; if not, I’ll wrestle them back! I’ve missed them ever since.

Cowboy boots
I don’t care if they’re not trendy, I love them. I bought my first pair in 1972 in Los Angeles. They were tan and brown, very traditional, as back then that’s all you could get. I’ve worn them with jeans and long gypsy skirts. Anyone can wear them, not just tall people. They bring enough height to make you swing those hips a bit without running the risk of falling flat on your face owing to them being too dainty. And they're comfortable –
I can walk for miles in mine.
Good for full skirts and jeans.

Cowboy boots to buy...
  • R Soles The best range of authentic North American hand-tooled leather cowboy boots.
  • Office A classic cowboy boot is
    usually available in their
    autumn/winter collections.
  • Vintage cowboy boots can be found
    in charity shops and specialist
    vintage shops.

chunky-heeled boots

Good with jersey dresses and tights, winter dresses with woolly tights, and for tucking jeans into.
Knee-high heels to buy...
  • Next Good-looking, chunky wooden-heeled pull-ons in black or chocolate leather.
  • M&S Super-value knee-highs.
  • Pied à Terre Stylish and functional; look for attractive details such as side-stitching and buckles.
  • Russell & Bromley Classic, good-quality boots. Not cheap, but  a traditional style or colour, such as a rich tan or black patent, will  look great winter after winter.

Knee-high flat boots
Good for skirts in winter, slim-fit jeans or cords worn tucked in.
Knee-high flats to buy...
  • Angeline Tournier Specialises in extra-wide fittings that still look stylish. The black riding boot is a winner.
  • Arche Super-comfortable flat, suede, rubber-soled boots. You can walk all day in them.
  • Hobbs Their flat winter boots are well-made and sturdy.
  • Russell & Bromley have a great flat pull-on that is comfortable and stylish.

Shoe boots and ankle boots
Shoe boots are good for jeans and smart black/dark trousers. Ankle boots are tricky because they can be foreshortening on the leg. Best left to the young unless you go for slouchy, suede/soft boots.

Shoe boots and ankle boots to buy...
  • Aldo Fashion-led shoe boots at reasonable prices.
  • Office For great little cut-off
    ankle boots.
  • Dune For kitten-heeled shoe boots in patent or leather.




I love flat shoes, more so than heels. One of my obsessions is men's co-respondent lace-ups. They're very now, but I have worn them for years.
They are incredibly comfortable.

Back in the 60s I had a couple of pairs made at a gentlemen's shoemakers in
Cork Street in London, the only place
to find them. I was the shop's first female customer! They are still in
my wardrobe today.

Robert Clergerie, Sisley, Church's and Hobbs are great places to seek them.

Great flats

Ballet pumps are the dream shoes because they are so comfortable. They look great both with jeans and summer dresses; and you can even wear the right pair with an evening gown.

Ballet pumps
  • Arche The Arche Sagone is a round-toed, ballerina-style flat with excellent support and cushioning (often missing in regular ballet flats).
  • French Sole They do an enormous range of colours, textures and fits, and are perfect for everyday wear with trousers, jeans and skirts.
  • Lanvin For a designer fix, these luxury, flat, banana-shaped pumps are divine.
  • La Redoute A good range of affordable ballerinas and flat pumps.
  • Great selection of top-quality styles in patent, suede, leather and cotton, available in a huge range of colours and patterns.
  • Russell & Bromley Classic designs in patent, coloured leather, metallic gold and silver.
  • Tod's A super range of flat lace-ups, banana-shaped ballerinas and loafers. 

Moccasins, brogues and lace-ups

  • Classic leather and suede moccasins, loafers and fringed boots.
  • Car Shoe Luxurious yet practical shoes from the makers of Prada. Their classic lace-ups are fabulous.
  • Fratelli Rossetti Superb quality Italian leather lace-ups including loafers, courts and brogues.
  • Russell & Bromley Usually have a traditional lace-up or brogue-style winter shoe.
  • Hobbs Well-made classic English lace-ups that are perfect with trousers.


You won't often find me in a pair of killer heels: my heel height doesn't rise above two and a half inches as I would just fall over! But if you are a heelaholic, consider buying Party Feet gel cushions to ease pressure, particularly under the balls of your feet - invaluable for a big evening out when you'll be on your feet all night.

Great heels
  • Christian Louboutin Their distinctive red soles will certainly get you
    noticed. The classic patent,
    round-toe courts are amazing and
    a worthy investment.
  • Dune Their signature pointed-toe heels offer great value for money.
  • Jimmy Choo Super-stylish and sexy. The pointed-toe courts and high strappy sandals are superb.
  • LK Bennett Always have a fabulous range of evening heels in satin with bows and diamant clasps - great for special occasions.
  • Manolo Blahnik The crème de la crème of heels; well balanced and in butter-soft kid leather and suede. One purchase will last a lifetime.
  • Prada You can usually find something classic but stylish, whether it's an evening sandal or daytime court.