Posted on: February 2, 2024 Posted by: Comments: 0

Scandi women are widely regarded as some of the most stylish in the world, and it’s not hard to see why. With an inherent knack for putting together effortlessly cool and timeless outfits, their looks serve as constant inspiration for our wares. From minimalist dresses to oversized knits to bold colour choices and a focus on striking silhouettes, they manage to look chic without ever trying too hard (at least that’s how it appears from the outset). Today, however, I thought we’d focus our energy on a specific facet of the Scandi aesthetic; footwear.

With the power to make or break an outfit, your shoe choices should never be made in haste—a sentiment that our Scandinavian friends clearly share. I set out to find the shoes Scandi fashion people rely on, and it didn’t take long to see that their approach to shoes is all about practicality and versatility. Think walk-anywhere flat shoes and go-with-everything black ankle boots, which prove themselves to be staples in their wardrobes. The perfect complement to any outfit, whether you’re running errands or attending a fancy event, each shoe style you’ll discover below will work hard for you and can be worn in a myriad of ways. Like us Brits, Scandi women are just as enamoured with ballet flats this season, which add instant polish to any ensemble. Trainers are on the agenda, too, and make for the easiest throw-on with jeans and leggings.

One of the best things about Scandi style is that it’s easy to emulate. And when it comes to shoes, a few pairs of classic options will go a long way. So, if you want to add a little Scandi flair to your wardrobe, start with the basics—scroll on to see the shoes Scandi women always wear.

Style Notes: Ballet flats might be synonymous with French fashion but the shoe is just as prevalent in the wardrobes of Scandi dressers. 

M&S’s shoe collection is so strong right now.

Brown is a strong choice this season. 

Scandi women don’t shy away from colour.

Style Notes: Sleek and elevated, slingbacks work perfectly with the minimalist side to the Scandi aesthetic and are often the heel of choice of the region’s fashion people. 

Wear with trousers, dresses, skirts and jeans.

The block heel here ensures these are easy to walk in.

Minimalists will love these. 

Style Notes: Scandi women do casual dressing better than anyone, which is likely why so many of their outfits centre around trainers. Right now, I’m noticing their affinity for runner-style kicks. 

The chunkier the better when it comes to trainers in my eyes.

Just add baggy jeans. 

Fashion insiders love Veja for chic, sustainable and comfy trainers.

Style Notes: Mary Janes are a key shoe trend this season but, where others are favouring flat styles, Scandi girls are still wearing heeled versions on the regular. 

Big fan of the sleek silver buckle.

Because leopard print is having a moment right now. 

I’d pair these with double denim or a simple mini dress.

Style Notes: The fact is, there’s room for a timeless pair of black boots in every capsule shoe collection. Clean lines are what Scandi girls seem to respond to most; look for square or pointed toes and wear with long trousers to emulate their look. 

These boots have firmly earned their icon status.

I always head to Jigsaw for great-quality footwear that feels reasonably priced.

The perfect heel height.

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