Embellished shoes too pretty to only wear on a night out

Put your best foot forward

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Put your best foot forward

Forget minimalism, when it comes to next season's key shoe trends, more is more, and we're totally embracing it. It all started on the catwalk, as these things do.

At Prada, models' sandals were adorned with feathers and oversized buttons, at Gucci, pearls were encrusted in heels, and over at Dior, ballerina pumps were embroidered with sequins and studded with gold logos. Even a normally minimalist Armani got in on the action with bows and laces.

Victoria Beckham got everyone talking with her sequin pumps, and of course who could forget those Saint Laurent disco boots? Basically, if your SS18 shoe doesn't shimmer, sparkle, or mixes different textures, it's not worth it.

The trends have now trickled down to the high street, and they're much more wearable than you'd think. There are chic sling-backs with just a single gem on the toe cap, and mules adorned with delicate bows.

There are also floral sandals for spring. Now we know, florals for spring, not exactly groundbreaking, right? But when you throw in 3D cut outs on paired back sandals, then it's a whole other ball game, non?

Statement heels are a huge trend too, with the standard stiletto not cutting it anymore, being replaced with sequin-covered block heels, geometric shapes and studs.

Even trainers are getting a makeover, with gem-covered plimsols and biker style studded trainers that will completely elevate your weekend look, though perhaps not the best choice for the gym.

SS18 is seeing some bold looks, so don't be afraid to wear your embellished shoes with colour and mixing it up with different textures. That said, you could always let them do all the talking and keep the rest of your outfit plain and simple. The choice is yours.

Either way, shop our edit of the prettiest embellished shoes below. We promise they will make you happy.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.