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Office 'Frankie' broguesRadley 'Holloway' bootsDorothy Perkins tan buckle bootsBertie Proudlock metal cap bootsPied a Terre Opitz lace up bootsMartinelli Yolanda flatsL.K Bennett Ethel suede loafersOffice Dallas Chelsea bootTopshop Kaboodle Mary JaneImage Map
The summer silly season is drawing to a close, and before you know it you'll be sick of flimsy sandals and craving something a little more solid, reliable and - well - sensible to wear on your feet. Don't believe us? A good few years in the fashion biz says otherwise, as nothing is more certain in style terms than the regular return of grown-up serious shoes in September.So why not embrace your inner college girl?

Here's our pick of the crop of current 'back to school' shoes, scoured from our favourite labels: each one is a classic, but with plenty of nods towards the key trends for autumn/winter 2012. From brogues to steel-toed boots, there's something here for everyone. Click on the images above for details on where to buy - or follow the links below. 

Top Row:

Office 'Frankie' tan leather brogue £62 >> Lovely take on a big seasonal trend! We like the contrasting chunky sole.

Radley 'Holloway' boot £159 >> A premium boot bursting with style from a home-grown label we know and love. Sure to see you safely through to spring.

Dorothy Perkins tan pointed boots £55 >> A great value style from the high street that could have come straight from a designer name. Loving the triple-strap detail! 

Middle Row:

Bertie 'Proudlock' metal trim boot £110 >> Possibly our over-all favourite, these boots have gone straight to the top of the class. The pointed tips of the metal trim are very much on trend for A/W 2012, coming from a brand we love. 

Pied a Terre 'Opitz' lace up ankle boots £150 >> These sturdy brogue ankle boots will help you channel your inner Victorian maiden. 

Martinelli 'Yolanda' ballet £79 >> A sturdier take on the ballet slipper, these loafers are part of a key trend next season.  

Bottom Row

LK Bennett Ethel suede tassel loafers £150 >> We're placing bets now as to whether or not the Duchess of Cambridge will be buying a pair of these sensible suede brogues come autumn, and the extreme likelihood is that she will! Why not beat the Kate Middleton effect?

Office 'Dallas' stretch boots £70 >> With just a hint of cowboy, these pull-on boots are channeling another huge trend for A/W 2012. This laid-back style will serve you well through all kinds of occasions.

Topshop Kaboodle Mary Jane £62 >> Combining edgy flatform with classic schoolgirl Mary Jane, these Topshop shoes are sure to be a big hit for the grown-up 'back to school' season. Wear them with knee high socks to really get the look nailed.