We live in an age of shoes without heels, semi-lethal studs and crazy 'statement' footwear - but often it's the classics that really stand out for us. You might be "bang on trend" in a pair of Gaga-esque killer platforms, but how many seasons' wear will you get out of them, really? We think probably not as many years as these velvet beauties from Bruno Magli would offer: 

Bruno Magli shoes

Available in this deep red flock or a dark violet, they're an obvious candidate for your staple autunn/winter going-out shoe, and the dainty kitten heel makes them compatible with all sorts of pretty and festive party wear. They've got the obligatory pointed toe in a nod to current trends, along with a plush bowat the toe for an extra flourish. Priced at £310, this style is the ideal investment for your occasion wardrobe.