We've had a good dose of late summer sun in recent weeks, but now there's a discernible nip in the air and if there isn't a month of bluster and rain in the post, we'll eat our hats – and our shoes too.
Dressing for transitional months can be a challenge. We all want to make the most of good weather, but getting caught in open weave slip ons in an October downpour is no joke. No joke at all. Equally, when the sun does come out, finding yourself kitted out in knitwear and winter boots seriously sucks.
But play your cards right and you can get a handle on the seasonal crossover. With a few smart tactical fashion choices, you can dress for all weathers and look the business rain or shine. These fine shoe specimens from the Base London Industrial collection will help you make the transition....
Davy, for sunshine & showers
This is the ultimate versatile shoe. Smart enough for the office, on trend enough for the pub, swanky enough for a date. It's also an “all weather”, all terrain vehicle, with quality leather uppers designed to keep the rain out and a heavy duty cleated rubber sole designed for taking puddles (and the city) in your stride. Despite its sturdy credentials, Davy doesn't read as a winter shoe. With rich, classic brogue detailing and a low profile, this lace up has plenty of spring in its step.
Stephenson, for all weathersYou know those autumn days when it starts out cold crisp and blue, then your commute turns into a Biblical downpour, lunchtime sees you sweating in unseasonable sun before you freeze your extremities off walking home? Our Stephenson ankle boots were born to take on these ridiculous British conditions.
Hand tailored, beautifully stitched, top quality leather uppers look sleek but not bulky while keeping the rain off effortlessly, while a sturdy, cleated rubber sole sits unassumingly below this streamlined style, offering tread and grip in all conditions. Effortlessly stylish, this deceptively simple shoe looks sophisticated yet understated, rain or shine.
Brunel, for all terrains
Nothing and nobody messes with our Brunel boot. Not a spot of rain, not an icy surface, not a torrential downpour will stand in its way. Ideal for those days when you look out of the window (or at your weather app) and you know you're in for a meteorological horror show, our Brunel boot is the backup you need.
The heavy duty sole, combined with a no-messing lace up leather upper will keep you warm, dry and on the move in all conditions, while its vintage, industrial styling ensures you look the business as you go.