The Three Shoe Styles Freida Pinto Will Be Wearing For AW19
The boots are back in town
As summer comes to an end, we look forward to putting our bikinis and flip-flops to the back of the wardrobe to be replaced by creative layering, the ‘big’ coat and – yes – reliable footwear. We caught up with actress and Clarks campaign star Freida Pinto to talk ankle boots, why being comfortable is cool, and her partnership with global non-profit campaign Girl Rising…
What do you like about autumn/winter fashion?
I love summer and wearing flip-flops so that my toes can breathe, but I’m a sucker for a good ankle boot. I’m not particularly a high heels fan, so my closet is full of really cool sneakers, loafers and boots. I love the colder seasons – I have a lot of jackets and cardigans that I don’t get to wear as much as I’d like and I keep staring at them asking, ‘When is it going to happen?’ There’s something so comforting about layering.
Why did you want to partner with Clarks?
I’m from India and for a girl my height I do have feet that are slightly larger than average – they’re size 8 UK! Growing up in Mumbai, it was so hard to find shoes my size because, as you may know, Asian sizes are usually small. The only brand that had shoes that looked stylish and wouldn’t give me problems was Clarks. Now we work together! It all comes full circle.
Let’s talk through your outfits. First up, the mustard boilersuit with those burgundy leather boots is such a good combination.
I love the boilersuit, and the boots – which are made from consciously sourced leather and kind of have a combat-boot look – made me feel so badass! They were comfortable enough to allow me to move really well, too. They were so much fun to wear.
I’d travel in these boots because they’d be super-comfortable. A little mountain getaway, maybe? I’m not a beach girl, but I love the mountains. I love looking for beautiful hikes.
The leopard print loafer is so chic. What do you like about this style?
What I love about these loafers is how much of the foot is actually covered. You don’t usually get that elongated feeling from flats, but the way this shoe is cropped gave me a really comfortable but tall look.
Women have been restricted for years with uncomfortable shoes, but do you think it’s cool to be comfortable now?
I’ve been into comfortable shoes for years now, which is another reason why this campaign feels so organic. I take my meetings in sneakers or boots. I don’t think high heels are the most sensible things for feet – they’re not meant to be elevated all day long. Good foot health needs to be talked about more. Comfort over pain any day!
The Chelsea boot you’re wearing feels very London…
That was probably the most stressful shoot because as much as we thought we could control the traffic we couldn’t really! And yes, it’s almost the Abbey Road cover moment. The leaves were so beautiful that day, and the suede boots were beautiful as well, and gave me a lot of room to move. You don’t want them to be too tight, especially when you’re walking downhill, so for this one I went slightly larger than my usual size.
The Chelsea boot is so versatile. What’s your favourite way to style it?
Quite frankly, I wouldn’t have thought to wear those boots with a midi dress like that, but it was the stylist Elizabeth Saltzman’s brilliant idea. I would wear those boots with a pair of jeans or shorts, so that’s a new idea for me and I’ll definitely be trying it. I’d also wear them with a long skirt.
Finally, we wanted to find out more about Girl Rising, the charity that you’re an ambassador for. How did that start and what does your role involve?
I’ve been involved with Girl Rising for many years now, and Clarks was so very kind to team up with me and donate to the cause, as well as amplifying the movement to make a lot of the groundwork possible.
Girl Rising was a documentary that came out in 2012. It was a story about nine girls from nine different parts of the world and the obstacles they overcame to claim their right to a basic education. The film sparked a revolution and a movement on its own, and went on to become a non-profit organisation.
You’re originally from Mumbai – was it special to you to work with Girl Rising in India?
I worked specifically in India and came on board two years after the film came out as a producing partner for Girl Rising India. It was my dream to take an Indian story to a global audience, as well as help India become acquainted with stories of girls from other parts of the world. It made me realise we’re really not that different. We might be spread apart by geography, but when it comes down to the basic issues that we’re all dealing with it’s more or less the same. It’s about binding people through empathy.