8 footwear brands you need on your radar this season

Made for walking.

Your feet work so hard, and they deserve to be rewarded. And what better way to do so than with new shoes (or socks)?

Here are eight brands that’ll have you kicking up your heels.

Jo Mercer (pictured above)

Festivities are in order. Jo Mercer is celebrating 20 years of quality footwear. The much-loved Aussie brand has released its Autumn Winter campaign, showcasing a polished edge to designs inspired by the 21st-century woman and marking its coming of age. This season, we’re presented with patent black leather, highlights of metal hardware, lace-up flats and the re-boot of the over-knee boot. Quality leather and craftsmanship are the cornerstones of the designs as always, and you can shop the new collection in-store and online now.



Wanted brings all your favourite footwear brands together under one roof. Australian owned and operated, the retailer curates a selection of high quality, on-trend styles from Alias Mae, Sol Sana, Mollini, Tony Bianco and more. Offering heels, boots and everything in between, you’ll be spoilt for choice. In-store and online, you’ll also find Wanted’s in-house label, which offers both core styles and limited-edition releases. For 20% off full-priced shoes, use the code FASHIONJOURNAL at the checkout. Valid online only until April 30, 2018. Terms and conditions apply.

Wanted Shoes slides



Salt Water Sandals

While many associate sandals with summer, you’ll find us wearing Salt Water Sandals all year ’round. Since hitting the market 70 years ago, the shoe has earned itself a cult reputation, coming in a whole range of styles, colours and sizes. Each pair is crafted from durable leather, designed to mould to the shape of your foot with ongoing wear. This process is sped up even more when wet, so we encourage beach-goers to make a good splash. For the colder months, pair them with socks and you’re good to go.

Salt Water Sandals Rose Gold




You’ll probably know Melissa as the label behind the original jelly shoe. But since launching 35 years ago in Brazil, the brand is as popular as ever. Today, Melissa shoes are made from a 100 per cent recyclable, non-toxic PVC called Melflex and infused with a sweet bubblegum scent. Moving beyond the jelly sandal, Melissa offers a completely transeasonal range spanning boots, slides, sneakers and more. Alongside its core styles for adults and children (under the Mini Melissa brand), Melissa regularly collaborates with the industry’s heavyweights, teaming up with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu and Karl Lagerfeld.

Melissa nude flats




Plae has a simple mission: to make premium products that can handle all that kids get up to on a daily basis. Having designed shoes for Puma, Diesel and UGG, founder Ryan Ringholz turned his attention to kid’s shoes after entering fatherhood. Not only are Plae shoes eco-friendly, these little kicks are engineered to be durable, flexible and machine washable. There’s also multiple colour options, customisable tabs and contoured in-soles allowing for the natural development of children’s feet. With new styles just added, finding the perfect fit for your little one is easy peasy.


Bared Footwear

Bared Footwear believes that your shoes should support and complement your lifestyle, and it sets out to make footwear that does just that. Known for its modern, podiatrist-designed shoes, the Melbourne brand offers a contemporary range of styles. Expect to find an offering of sneakers, heels, sandals and boots for women, alongside loafers, boat and dress shoes for men – all coming in a variety of on-trend colours and patterns. Defined by its unique aesthetic and customisable fit, Bared’s team of trained professionals guarantee incredible customer service and a perfect fit.




Finding a shoe that looks great, while also being light and comfortable is a thought that’s crossed every traveller’s mind. After being inspired by his flight attendant wife, Kat, designer Vince Lebon was determined to create the perfect footwear line for her to jet around in. The result was Rollie, a shoe crafted with EVA soles, memory foam socks and premium leathers. And these are just a few reasons why you’ll fall in love. The brand’s newest edition, the Derby Sport (pictured), combines sneaker-like comfort and durability for the perfect everyday shoe. With five different colours and prints available, you’ve just found your new sole mate.




There’s nothing quite like a comfy pair of quality socks. Bamboozld specialises in socks that keep your feet in check, as well as the environment. Each pair is made from a sustainable bamboo/cotton blend, used for its natural antibacterial properties, durability and luxuriously soft feel. Plus, every pair of Bamboozld socks arrives in recycled packaging. The designs are quirky and innovative, ranging from toucans, moustaches, bananas and more in men’s, women’s and kid’s sizing. Shop the latest collection online and receive 20% off when you use FASHIONJOURNAL at the checkout. Valid until March 16, 2018.



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