M&S Skirt

Finding the right pair of shoes to go with a new skirt - or vice versa - can be an unforgiving task, so we've decided to make matters easier. These six skirts will work with ALL styles of footwear, from trainers to heels, mules to knee-high boots. Read on to find out which ones you should be snapping up before they sell out - and discover their sole mates...

1. The pleated midi skirt

This skirt's neutral hue, midi length and clean-yet-feminine cut make it a wear-with-anything wonder buy. Allow it to skim over a pair of knee high boots for a '70s feel, add heels for a ladylike vibe, or pop on a pair of skater-style trainers for lazy day chic.

Skirt (opens in new tab), £140, Reiss; boots (opens in new tab), £51, Jones Bootmaker; slip-on sneaker (opens in new tab), £165, Russell & Bromley; slingback block heels (opens in new tab), £68, Office

2. The sweater skirt

OK, you're familiar with sweatshirts, but how about sweatskirts? This boiled (yes, boiled) wool number could be a wardrobe game-changer. Pull it on and you've already nailed the sporty/classy balancing act demanded by the athleisure trend, so feel free to dress it up - or down - as you will.

Skirt (opens in new tab), £225, Joseph; shoe boots (opens in new tab), £225, L.K. Bennett; trainers (opens in new tab), £120, KG Kurt Geiger; ankle boots (opens in new tab), £39.99, Public Desire

3. The denim pencil skirt

The denim skirt isn't just for summer - it's for Christmas too! A darker wash and tailored feel make this one easy to dress up or down.

Skirt (opens in new tab), £230, Acne Studios; knee high boots, (opens in new tab) £249, Hobbs; studded ankle boots (opens in new tab), £84, French Connection; white pumps (opens in new tab), £50, Superga

4. The military skirt

The military trend is set to run and run, so get in on the act now. The understated gold detailing on this classic A-line midi skirt will elevate your workwear staples to whole new levels. But don't make the mistake of discarding it after hours: just dress it down with trainers, or up with metallic heels. Red shoes will subtly accentuate the military vibe, whilst gold will enhance the impact of the detailing.

Skirt (opens in new tab), £45, Oasis; court shoes (opens in new tab), £18, JD Williams; ankle boots (opens in new tab), £66, French Connection; trainers (opens in new tab), £59.99, Converse

5. The leather wrap skirt

Wrap skirts straddle the border between smart and casual. So which way do you take them? The choice is yours. Add some sass with a printed boot in a contrasting texture, or inject a sporty edge with a pair of fashion trainers.

Skirt (opens in new tab), £280, Whistles; over-the-knee boots (opens in new tab), £595, L.K. Bennett; leather trainers (opens in new tab), £70, French Connection; ankle boots (opens in new tab), £269, Hobbs

6. The prom skirt

Thought you could only wear heels with a showstopper like this? Think again. So long as you opt for a shade which meshes with the tones of the skirt, you can wear any style of shoe you like - including trainers.

Skirt (opens in new tab), £59, Marks & Spencer; metallic leather slipper (opens in new tab), £430, Gucci; trainers, £55.24, Lacoste; metallic crossover sandals (opens in new tab), £514.13, Gucci