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Fitzpatricks A/W 2010, or, If the shoe fits . . .

Last night, Fitzpatricks on Grafton St held a press evening to showcase their A/W 2010 collections, with shoes from Marc Jacobs, Sergio Rossi, Fendi and Ugg, and that’s just for starters (before you hit on Fitzpatricks’ own collection). Rachael Armstrong, …

Wed, Sep 29, 2010, 10:30

   

Last night, Fitzpatricks on Grafton St held a press evening to showcase their A/W 2010 collections, with shoes from Marc Jacobs, Sergio Rossi, Fendi and Ugg, and that’s just for starters (before you hit on Fitzpatricks’ own collection).

Rachael Armstrong, buyer at Fitzpatricks, talked me through the various styles they have in this season, and there are a lot of clever touches in their designs that make them really worth checking out. For starters, a lot of their boots are made in stretch suede – meaning those of you (ahem, not me, no) who are larger of calf than your average lady won’t have a problem fitting into them.

As far as workwear goes, there is a huge selection to pick from: and the failsafe court comes in a variety of colours, fabrics, finishes and heel heights – something that really matters when picking out a shoe to wear all day long, even if the longest walk you take is to the water cooler.

These are my picks: the Sergio Rossi pumps second from the right at the bottom (€490), for instance, remind me of that Dior newspaper dress that Carrie wore in Sex and the City, even though they’re actually more like a silver thread shot through a Chanel-esque tweed finish. The swarovski-encrusted ankle boots at the top (€399) are, according to Armstrong, big sellers – and they really are the kind of shoe that just make you want to go out dancing, as clichéd as that sounds.

I also loved the boots on the bottom right – and the ones above those, actually (€399 and €349, respectively), which struck me as being quite cool, casual boots but with a slight twist. The bottom right pair were especially attractive to me, in that slightly worn leather that makes them look a little like boots you inherited from your cool horse whispering dad who may or may not look a little like Robert Redford . . .

The catch is, of course, that these shoes ain’t cheap -  but they are great quality, and some of the designs are really gorgeous and, more importantly, not fleeting. This isn’t that shearling jacket you may wear all winter, and never again; these are shoes you will have forever, or until you wear them into the ground.