The five major shoe trends you can’t ignore this summer

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  • Summer is just around the corner and as restaurants and bars are slowly opening up again, we’re all ready to step outside in style. If like me you’ve started looking at summer fashion trends and planning your outfits for the sunny days ahead, or you want to upgrade your shoe closet after months spent at home with new exciting styles, keep scrolling. Here are five hot spring summer shoe trends for every occasion, from a quick run to the grocery store to a fancy cocktail with girlfriends, make sure to put your best foot forward!

    Words by Ellie Delphine from @slipintostyle

    The twisted square toe sandals

    The ubiquitous square toe sandals have been everywhere and are getting a much-needed make over this season. From Versace to ASOS, you’ll find twisted square toe sandals at all price points. I’ve styled my ASOS ones with a midi skirt. They will look even cuter with a mini skirt. Don’t hesitate to go for bright colours such as orange or turquoise, the more colourful, the better.

    ASOS DESIGN Niki padded twist high heeled mules in green, £25 at ASOS

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    The fancy stiletto sandal

    High heel stiletto sandals never go out of style and after a year spent in lockdown, they’re the number one piece at the top of my revenge shopping list, that will be the cherry on the cake for all of my summer outfits. Think extravangaza: sky high heels, lace up, embellishments, metallic hues.

    I’m wearing the Aquazzura Bougainvillea sandals to elevate my pyjamas, sleepwear as outerwear has never look chicer! You can also style them with a pretty ankle-length dress, a full, tiered midi skirt or cute shorts.

    AQUAZZURA Bougainvillea 105 leather sandals, £650 at MYTHERESA

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    TOM FORD Padlock metallic leather sandals, £890 at Net-A-Porter

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    The flatforms

    If you like to be chic but high heels are a no-no for you (especially after spending so much time inside in sneakers or slippers), then try flatforms, they are the perfection combination of style and comfort.

    I styled my The Row Ginza flatforms with a feminine midi dress to tone down the formality of it and bring it into the realm of casual coolness. They also go well with a formal suit. Instead of wearing your beloved pumps with your blazer and pants, next time try some flatforms.

    JW Anderson Flatform Sandals, £412.83 at shopbop

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    The heeled flip-flop

    I love flip-flops; who doesn’t? They’re generally cheap, they’re practical, they conjure up memories of sticky, sandy feet at the beach.  So, if you love flip-flops, you’re going to love heeled flip-flops, one of the major spring summer shoe trends for 2021. They are a more elevated alternative and come in a variety of heights. My Song of Style ones are a little less than three inches, they’re comfortable to walk in and instantly make any outfit more alluring.

    I would recommend wearing heeled flip-flops with either dressy, feminine outfits or with more casual ones that involve knee length shorts or denim Bermuda shorts.

    ESCARPINS CHERIE Song of Style, £145 at REVOLVE

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    The block heels

    Block heels are usually my go to heels as they are easier to walk in than stilettos.

    MAJE Faux leather-trimmed neon satin sandals, £103 at THE OUTNET

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    This summer, block heels come in many interesting shapes and flashy colours. Put your slip dress on and go have some fun! 

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