Step into the new season with Merchant 1948’s SS21 collection

16 September 2021

Crafted for both the everyday and the extraordinary, put your best foot forward with the latest range by Merchant 1948.

WORDS BY Danielle Clausen


Spring is the perfect time to shed some layers, celebrate the new and give your footwear a refresh—after all, you can’t go wrong by starting from the ground up.

Merchant 1948’s spirited new SS21 collection has just landed, featuring a delightful array of footwear, from nonchalant slides to power heels. Trends of note like puffy straps, 90s mules and grungy platform sandals are reinterpreted into styles that don’t compromise on comfort or craftsmanship.

This season the Merchant 1948 design team took inspiration from the adventure and expression that can be found not only at special events, but in everyday rituals as well. The result? A range of quality pieces to join you on every step of your unique journey—this spring, summer and beyond.

Read on to see FQ‘s favourites from the collection, and discover more about some of the key footwear trends that should be on your radar right now.

Boogie Nights

Perhaps a rebound against the amount of time spent at home in trackpants has something to do with the resurgence of glamour in fashion right now—and with party season upon us, we couldn’t be more onboard. Think bold dresses, big heels and even bigger hair.

As well as making a nod to the disco-era, platforms like the Faith heel will keep you comfortable enough to dance all night long. Combining a relatively low pitch, block heel and almond toe—this style is an easy wear for leg-lengthening benefits.

Let’s not forget about your dancing partner. For the boys, velvety nubuck leather is the perfect texture to transition a winter wardrobe into the warmer months. The tonal rubber sole of the Howson boot offers a fresh take on this utilitarian shape.

Isabella Anselmi ‘Faith’ heel, $229.90

Giancarlo Moretti ‘Howson’ boot, $289.90

Think Pink

Rosy hues are out in full force this season, with even the most dubious of wearers slowly being converted to this shade’s mood-boosting benefits. Give pink a chance by experimenting with the multitude of options on offer for spring—from super-soft rose through to searing fucschia. 

For those who fall on the later end of the spectrum, the Dapper heel is the perfect plus one to your next big soiree, the 5cm block heel means this shoe will go the distance. A silver trim insert and polka dot mesh make for retro finishing touches.

If a slightly subversive take on pink is more your thing, the Pedro sandal is inspired by the resurgence of iconic Dr Martens—with an ultra-comfy padded leather covered insole for added comfort.

Isabella Anselmi ‘Dapper’ heel, $209.90

Isabella Anselmi ‘Pedro’ sandal, $219.90

Electric Slide

Mules are having a moment. This easy-wear shape has been on the rise over the past few years, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Spotted on a slew of celebrities and street style stars in recent months—mules can be styled with just about everything, from jeans to glamourous gowns. 

Bright citrus shades offer an energetic take on this minimalist silhouette, case in point is the Casper mule. Crafted from soft pebbled leather, this beauty boasts a wearable 5cm heel height and rubber outsole that’s perfect for an event that takes you outdoors.

Want to make a nod to the ’90s? Add a platform and a subtle square toe. The Slater sandal combines all the best parts of this pre-2000s classic, offering up a fresh take for now that’s sure to assume high rotation in your wardrobe.

Isabella Anselmi ‘Casper’ mule, $209.90 

Isabella Anselmi ‘Slater’ sandal, $229.90

Chill Factor

As the warmer weather brings hope of holiday plans in the not too distant future, a pair of comfy flats are set to be your top companion for chilling out. Opt for detailed straps that elevate simple sandals beyond boring, while keeping comfort high priority.

Sculptural shoes that feature bold, puffy straps are high on our footwear radar right now, and the Charlie sandal makes for a no-fuss way to get in on the action. Cross-over straps and a flexi leather covered outsole offer cloud-like comfort that you won’t want to part with.

Speaking of comfort, the Paige sandal’s adjustable ankle straps make for the ultimate fit. While studded embellishments add interest to elevate even the most low-key of outfits.

Isabella Anselmi ‘Charlie’ sandal, $209.90

Isabella Anselmi ‘Paige’ sandals, $229.90

In the mood for a new season footwear refresh? The SS21 collection by Merchant 1948 is now available to shop online and in-store nationwide.

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