This season there’s a new way to refresh your wardrobe and it’s all about dressing from the feet upwards. From sculptural silhouettes to supple suede fabrications, there’s a design-led element to spring’s shoe designs. Here, we look at how to style them with your existing wardrobe to refresh even the most classic of combinations and lend your looks a relevant spin.
We distinguish the footwear styles that will give your existing wardrobe a welcome refresh in time for summer
the SNAKESKIN shoes
We’ve all got that one go-to black cocktail dress in our wardrobe and the ultimate beauty of a style such as this is that is goes with almost any accessory combination, leaving the door wide open to styling opportunities. This season’s hero shoe style is crafted to a pin-thin stiletto heel and it comes in snakeskin for optimum impact. A neutral palette lends sophistication to animal graphics and works to soften the somewhat unexpected choice of black in warmer months.
the SUEDE shoes
Suede is the ultimate in luxe fabrications and when applied to footwear, it welcomes a certain softness that’s at once elegant and elevated. Whether it be a point-toe pump, a strappy sandal or a pair of flats, the right suede footwear design can transform even the most understated of outfits. Wear them with everything from classic tailoring (shorts make a chic warm-weather alternative to trousers) to jeans and a simply knit depending on the occasion.
THE STRAPPY SANDALS
Open-toe heels are the ultimate in summer footwear and the Aris feature a decorative gold-tone metal T-bar design that will catch the light as you walk, bringing a little sparkle to your look in the most understated of manners. Our top tip here is to keep your pedicure as perfect as possible and choose a colour that picks out one featured in your outfit, but avoid going matchy-matchy to maintain an element of effortlessness. If the embellishment on your shoes is of a golden tone then choose jewellery to highlight this attribute – you’ll want to make them as much of a focus as possible.
THE SUEDE ESPADRILLES
There’s nothing more classic than a shorts and T-shirt combination in summer months but the key to updating this look for SS17 is to style it with the season’s hero flat shoe; the suede espadrille. Traditionally designed as an easy-to-wear utility flat and crafted from canvas with a jute-rope sole, this historic style has had something of a fashion revival of late. The Sydney’s are a luxe take on the look and they come in the season’s dusky-pink and black suede. Ideally suited to holiday destinations but equally as charming when worn on home turf; getting from beach to bar or rushing across town has never been more stylish.