With an emphasis on comfort, wearability and a flare for the eccentric, the shoes that graced the runways this spring/summer broke all the rules.
Think suede tassels (thanks to Proenza Schouler), and beautiful block wedges courtesy of Michael Kors. But you might be surprised to learn that some shoe trends have managed to transition from S/S 2014 into the present – most notably the infamous slide sandal.
So, if you’re nostalgic for the much-loved Gladiator sandal, or fancy updating your wardrobe with some statement sandal boots (why not?) then look no further. Put the extortionate price tag to the side for one moment. The best thing about shoes for S/S 2015 is that they’re accessible, practical, and drop-dead gorgeous.
Here is our selection of the essential shoes for spring/summer 2015.
Statement sandal boots
If there was one shoe trend that transformed the runways of London, New York, and Milan it was the statement Gladiator sandal.
As seen at Chloé (above), these sandal boots are the perfect compromise between the humble winter boot and your new strappy spring shoes – providing you can forgive the awkward tan lines, of course.
Teamed together with the vogue for military-inspired fashion, Gladiator sandals have been reinvented once again. Forget awkward wedge heels and the all-too-obvious brown leather. This summer, Roman-inspired shoes are gloriously modern and chic. Keep things simple and pair your sandals with sharp tailoring and a clean silhouette.
If you need more inspiration, have a look at the designs from Fendi, Valentino and Rodarte.
But for the more adventurous, then you’ll love the metallic version of the Gladiator sandal – dubbed the ‘Glamiators’. These seriously impressive thigh-high boots, from Dsquared2, are made with gold studs and take this trend to another level. Never has the Gladiator-look been so sexy. Or scary. We haven’t decided.
Fringes, fringes, fringes
No, we aren’t talking about the haircut.
This summer, the flare for fringes was abundant across hundreds of catwalks – from Elie Tahari to Proenza Schouler. And whilst you’re probably going to see plenty of fringed skirts and trousers in the shops this month, the shoe trend is even more striking.
But if you’re mind is conjuring up images of Cowboys and Indians, think again. The fashion for fringing is effortlessly grown-up and chic – encompassing a wide range of textures, colours, and a mutual love for minimalism. It’s more hippy deluxe, than hippy chic.
In the coming months, expect to see plenty of fringing across a range of shoe designs. One of our favourites comes from Proenza Schouler (below) and promises to stay throughout the summer – and if, we’re lucky, into autumn/winter too.
A utilitarian staple for many, the humble ballet pump has reappeared once again and proven that a classic doesn’t have to be conventional.
From Dolce and Gabbana (below), to Michael Kors, the ballet pump has had a serious makeover. Bedazzled with jewels, semi-precious stones, and plenty of spikes, these pumps are a gorgeous twist on an old classic – Punk meets Vatican.
Michael Kors (below) has also reinvented this contemporary staple. Featuring ankles straps, pointed tips, and a monochromatic colour scheme, these ballet pumps are anything but boring.
But what’s best about this trend is that ballet pumps are comfortable and entirely practical – perfect for travelling to work, or embarking on a wonderful trip abroad.
With an unashamed nod to the 70s, platform shoes have taken the fashion world by storm this season.
Last season, it was all about flatforms – we’ll talk about those slide sandals soon – but now the game has changed. Fashion brands like Saint Laurent have produced a stunning array of elaborate, disco-inspired gems.
On the high street, you can anticipate to see platforms shoes everywhere – from wooden, brass-buckled everyday staples to strong platform prints for the evening.
But one word of warning: you might need some practice before heading out in these gorgeous shoes.
Studio 54 would be proud.
Perhaps the most controversial in this list, slide sandals hit the runways last summer and it looks like they’re here to stay.
These sandals of choice were ubiquitous amongst fashion bloggers and models – and this spring/summer sees shower slides reinvented once again. You can expect to see lots of denim, rubber, and plenty of faux fur.
Last year, the choice was somewhat limited – but designers like Adidas have sought to bring the infamous slide sandal to the masses. You might even consider the odd chunky platform heel, if you feel like breaking the mould.
Moving on from slide sandals, the fashion for sports shoes has triumphed this season. This trend has evolved, in part, from Stella McCartney’s athletic-inspired creations from S/S 2014 – but now things have taken a turn (for the better, of course).
More than a sneaker, these shoes are designed to be worn on an everyday basis – complimenting the highly popular fashion for chic sports tailoring.
These gorgeous shoes will be a must-have amongst lovers of tech-wearables and athleticism.
Or those who want something but comfy.
Either way, you’ll love this trend and find it in abundance this season.
Essential Shoes for Summer 2015
There you have it – the must-have shoes for fashionistas and shoe enthusiasts alike this season.
From the platform heights of Saint Laurent, to the obscenely comfortable slide sandals from Adidas, this summer will see a range of fabulous shoes available on the high street.
So, when you embark upon your voyage of shoe shopping – take a leap and try one of the fantastic new designs available this season. You never know, you might just fall in love with the slide sandal.
This is a guest post written by Chris Taylor on behalf of FootArt