Have you noticed that there’s a trend in favour of the tactile at the moment? I feel like everything I pick up warrants a stroke. In fact the other day I went for a first meeting and found myself idly fondling the girl next to me’s sleeve – not appropriate, when you’ve known someone for all of ten minutes!

Touchy-feely fabrics come in varying guises; the chic shearling jacket that’s bang on the folk trend, the patent leather and wool blend wide-legged trouser, or the luxurious cashmere roll neck. This season it’s all about stuff you want to cop a feel at. It’s worth noting that a lot’s happening downstairs too – not like that – like really downstairs, by your feet. Yep, this season footwear is favouring a hairy bush – of the cow or pony hair variety.

The champion of this style is no other than the king of effortless cool, Phillip Lim. Those of us that favour a laid-back, easy-to-wear, masculine aesthetic will find ourselves drawn to his 3.1 label. Sophisticated and wearable, Lim has the tactile trend down to a tee for AW14 and he’s created several shoe options which will have you falling in lust – trust.

The ones I’m saving my pennies for are the Cow Hair Quinn Loafers. Flats continue to come in gorgeous guises for AW14, and these pointed toe biker-chic pair are ideal for workwear and eveningwear alike. If you love menswear inspired footwear than these are your winners. It’s all about the black leather tuxedo strap that frames the contrast cow hair details. I just want to slip them on with ankle grazing skinny fit trousers and an oversized sweater for the winter season.

You can keep cats and dogs, I am more than happy to spend the next few months cradling and caressing these instead.

The Cow Hair Quinn Loafers are available here and cost €495.00.

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