Footwear Fashions for Spring and Summer

Summer is here again. The time of year when the sun comes up and everybody seems to be happy. We love summer, but we love summer shoes even more. Here we have put together a simple article discussing all the latest women’s summer shoe fashions, in the hope of inspiring many of you to take a step in the right direction and dress to impress this season. From espadrilles to wedges, we look at some of this year’s most prominent footwear fashions.

The Wedge
So, starting with the wedge. A big trend this season and one that has overshadowed the stiletto heel greatly. ‘Out with the skinny and in with the chunky’ is the motto of the fashionista this season. Gone are skinny jeans, and gone are skinny heels – it’s all about the wedge. This is a great choice of footwear, because they are both comfortable and elegant. The wide surface area means that we can wear wedges all day without suffering any of the pain normally associated with heels. Choose a relatively open foot design, to ensure that your feet stay cool in the sweltering sun. Pair with another of this year’s biggest fashions, the maxi dress.

Nude Heels
OK, so not as popular as the wedge heel, the nude heel is still a great choice of shoe for wearing on an evening or at a wedding. They look great with most styles of clothing, but tend to have that party/elegant look, so most appropriate for special occasions.

Espadrilles
A complete opposite of heels, these shoes are supremely comfortable. Not only are they very comfortable for walking in, they are also extremely lightweight and made of natural materials, which means that they keep your feet cool. Espadrilles look great with a wide range of different clothing; from skinny jeans to miniskirts, they look great.

Gladiator Sandals
Gladiator sandals have been on-trend since 2008, and they continue in their popularity this year too. Although this year’s models are a reinterpretation of previous years, they still prove exceptionally elegant. Again, this style of shoe matches many different trends, but as a rule of thumb, if you are wearing tall sandals, keep your skirt or trousers very short (in fact, do not wear trousers, wear shorts), or you risk looking plumper than you are – really, you should avoid taller shoes if unless you are relatively tall or quite skinny. With long trousers or skirts, stick to shorter sandals, those that finish at, or just above or below, the ankle.

Colors
To finish, let us consider some of this year’s most trendy colors (the advice here relates to all of the above styles of footwear).

Neon colors are very popular among the fashionista at present. Indeed, you cannot look to the catwalk without the risk of dazzling your eyes with neon. From ballet pumps to sandals, it’s all about neon. Remember: always keep to one focal point per outfit; if your shoes stand out then play down the rest of your outfit, and vice versa.

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