Summer Shoe Trends 2013

 

The summer may be fast coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on some of this year’s hot weather favourites before you head out on that late summer break abroad or as the season’s sales hit. Summer shoe trends stay relatively similar each year, with a few fun twists thrown in to go with that year’s wardrobe crazes. Here’s a look at what’s been hot on beach feet this year:

Wedge heels

Not everyone is cut out to wear high heels, so wedge heels come as a much needed alternative this season. Wedge heels are known for their provision of height with more security than a stiletto heel or similar – a great summer buy for dressy outdoor events where you would usually face the frustrations of your heel getting stuck in the grass. This summer you’ll find many wedge heel options, from stylish wedged trainers to strappy court shoes.

Flatforms

Another unusual alternative to the high heel, flatforms (otherwise known as ‘creepers’) first made an appearance in Autumn-Winter 2012 and are now being touted with a new summer twist. Look out for canvas topped and bright coloured flatforms that can be worn from day to night.

Gladiator sandals

Some footwear options never go out of style when it comes to the summer and gladiator sandals are one such a design. With origins as far back as the Romans, these practical sandals are designed for everyday wear but have become a super fashionable choice too. Choose from simple brown, black or beige leather for the traditional feel or opt for a more glamorous twist on the Gladiator, embellished with diamantes or studs.

For a fresh take on the Gladiator, look out for the similar caged heel sandal which has a striking strappy design but usually features an exposed heel.

Jelly shoes

If you love a bit of nostalgia, go back to the nineties with this season’s jelly shoes fad. Originally designed as beach shoes for children, these simple plastic designs can be seen on the toes of tweens and more mature fashionistas. Jelly shoes are a playful summer choice, though not always the most comfortable (especially when you get water and sand between your toes), with neon colours a popular Jelly feature. Team with a maxi dress or denim shorts and a fringed white tee.

Hi-top boots

When you need a more substantial summer shoe, practical for walking and all-day comfort, choose the latest trainer trend – hi-top boots. These flat or wedge designs are a modern take on sporting sneakers with, as their name suggests, a snug and supportive hi-top ankle. A great example of summer’s sports luxe vibe, hi-top trainers come in many colours and finishes, from sophisticated nudes to urban brights.

Suede loafers

If heels and playful plastics aren’t your thing, suede loafers are summer’s more refined design. A classic and mature option, these flat shoes commonly feature fringe or tassels. Team with a blouse and shorts or a floaty feminine midi dress.

5 Pairs of Shoes Every Woman Should Own

Do you love to day dream about shoes? They say that you can never have too many, and if that’s the case, there’s no harm in treating yourself to a new pair! When you want to add to your footwear collection but aren’t sure which shoes will make the best fashion investment, read my guide on 5 pairs of ladies shoes that every woman should own:

A pair of killer heels

The most appealing shoes have to be heels; it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes these impractical designs so attractive but every woman will want to own a pair of killer heels that really turns heads. The ultimate shoe goal however is to own at least one pair of killer designer heels. There’s nothing that will boost a woman’s confidence like a pair of Louboutins.

Victoria Beckham in Louboutins

A pair of sensible boots

Every woman should own a sensible yet fashionable pair of boots. Boots are practical and cosy (great for winter) and yet most give instant sex appeal. There are so many boot styles to choose from that you probably won’t want to stop and one pair; ankle boots, knee highs, thigh highs, cowboy style, biker boots and Uggs are all currently popular.

New Look Nude Cut Out Wedge Shoe Boots £29.99

A pair of stylish trainers

When you’re fashion conscious, owning a pair of trainers won’t be higher on your agenda but you never know when sporty footwear could come in handy! Perhaps you take an unexpected outdoor adventure and need a comfortable pair of shoes for walking or jogging? Or maybe you need trainers for running around after the kids? Trainers don’t have to come in the hideous all white forms that you may imagine; look at simple trainer boots like Converses’ or bright and urban sport hi-tops.

New Look Tan Stud Strap Concealed Wedge Hi-Tops £27.99

A pair of simple flats

Wearing heels all-day every day is just not practical, in fact wearing heels to often can be bad for your health. It’s for that reason that every woman should own a fabulous pair of flats that she can slip on and off with ease and wear for any occasion – whether that be a glamorous night out or an afternoon at the shopping centre. Ballet pumps are the obvious choice when it comes to stylish flats, they’re elegant and comfortable and available in many colours and finishes, including patent and suede.

Kate Moss is a fan of flat shoes.

A pair of office-ready brogues

Dressing for work can be dull, strict dress codes can mean practicality and uniform come above style. There are ways to work a bit of high-fashion into your office wear however and brogues are a great example of this. These quirky menswear-inspired lace-ups have grown really popular over the last few years and make a nice alternative to plain court shoes and kitten heels. Brogues are usually available in dark shades with minimal-no heel (though heeled versions are also available).

New Look Tan Woven Panel Brogues £24.99

 

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