Due to a number of reasons – one being the marriage of my wonderful PA, Rona – my blogs have taken a bit of a backseat for the last few weeks. However, I’m well and truly back with lots of inspirational ideas for adding a bit of foot-bling to your outfits.
The shoe story for this Spring/Summer is probably the most exciting it has ever been! There’s absolutely no end to the options – colours, fabrics, texture, perspex, metallic, jewels, buckles, prints, monochrome, and straps everywhere…the list is almost endless.
The guys amongst you may well be switching off at this stage thinking, “Shoes – this doesn’t apply to me”. But, think again, men’s shoes are just as exciting as the women’s, see below.
From amazing ankle boots in the brightest of suede colours to the strappiest of summer sandals, everything and anything goes. There’s lots of heel detailing, ankle straps, block colouring and a myriad of heel heights.
One of the most comfortable additions this season is the “wedgelette” which is what it says, a baby wedge! Coming in at about three to five centimeters it is comfortable enough to run around town in but, in a court style, looks smart enough to wear to those important meetings.
Toes are on display, so make sure you have a good pedicure in the next couple of weeks before exposing those pale, neglected, winter toes to the world.
Pointy styles are back with a vengeance and add length and elegance to any leg. They look wonderful with all the gorgeous dresses on sale right now and really dress up a pair of capri pants for a sixties look.
Gone are the days of feeling you need to strictly match your shoes to your outfit. Shoes add a fantastic pop of colour or point of interest to the simplest of looks. Metallics and snake prints are a great staple as they can be worn with almost any colours. White is another great multi-outfit option and there are lots of black sandals for a more formal look.
Avoid ankle straps if you have legs which are on the short side or ankles which tend to be chunky. Stick with a sleeker, pointed court or peep toe pump in exciting colours and fabrics to attract attention to you perfect feet.
Don’t be fooled that the sky-high stiletto has disappeared or the chunkiest of wedges and block heels are nowhere to be seen! They are all there if you look hard enough and have a part to play in this plethora of pedi possibilities.
Flats are present in the revival of the trainer – great for wearing to and from the office – the ubiquitous loafer, the ballet pump and lots of fab, strappy gladiator type sandals.
Deck shoes in brightly coloured leather, double-buckled, suede brogue styles, tasseled slippers, open-toed sandals and smart, classic work styles are all easy to find on the high street.
By far the biggest fashion trend this Spring/Summer in men’s footwear is the smart trainer. They come in every fabric from polished leather – often in more than one colour – through to metallic and on to suede and canvas! They have appeared on all the catwalks and are regularly styled with more formal suits and work wear looks, not just jeans and a t-shirt. They are a perfect option for an environment that calls for a smarter look with a bit of added creativity, great for those business-casual occasions and dress-down Fridays.
Another big fashion trend for men is the loafer and moccasin styling. Seen with metal buckle detailing, tassels, suede and dual coloured leather – I even spotted an amazing pair in raffia!! These look great with a pair of shorts or casual chinos for those relaxed, holiday evenings.
Even brogue styles are being made less formal with rubber soles replacing the more traditional, leather ones. Obviously, for a highly professional, corporate look a smart pair of Loakes style brogues in black are still the only solution but a bit of extra interest can be added by wearing a different leather texture or colour. There are a lot of navy and deep brown shades available as an alternative.
Boots are highly polished and in Chelsea Boot and laced, Doc Martin styling whilst sandals are strappy and have a sporty, walking sandal look.
So, there’s no excuse for a boring shoe choice this season. Go on, accessorise your summer wardrobe with an amazing piece of foot candy!