It seems Mrs Prada has taken inspiration from the British summer for her AW12 collection.
Hot on the heels of her platform trainers and bejewelled golf shoe-cum-football-boots come these elegant lace-ups with built-in rubber galoshes, ideal for rainy commutes.
Aside from being really practical (not words you hear every day in fashion), they’ll also look great worn with a suit, thanks to the elegantly squared-off toe. Feeling brave? Go for the blood-red-soled option.
Essential because: Practical design is good design.