Forget your bag, sunglasses and hat. This summer is all about footwear.
It is time to say goodbye and pack away the furry Gucci slides, which obviously due to warmer temperatures can’t be worn in the next couple of months. However, don’t go thinking this means you still can’t up your shoe game.
Whether you’re a bootie type of girl or a flats and trainer more grounded type, we have got you covered.
The Spring/Summer 17 shows brought a ray of interesting shoe trends from boots – grungy at McQueen; sleek with a stiletto at Giambattista Valli, pointy and tough at Louis Vuitton, to casual trainers at Céline and Dior. Similarly spotted on the catwalk this season were mules – flat, bright summery ones by Roksanda, whilst Fenty x Puma and Givenchy offered some with height. The classic black pump made its return for Spring/Summer 17 as seen at Yves Saint Laurent and Moschino’s collections this season.
With the help of our expert Miriam Isherwood, sales manager at Selfridges ladies designer shoe galleries, we have picked five favourites for you to try this summer.
If there is a pair of flats you must own this summer, let it be a pair of mules.
Isherwood’s favourite this season is by Italian fashion designer Alberta Ferretti.
“I’ve always loved Alberta Ferretti and what her style says about femininity. She always designs beautiful intricate pieces and uses couture details for the runway, which is hard. These mules make my heart sing and they are ideal for a special occasion which requires a lot of standing but also comfort. The embellishment is opulent and they will never date. A true investment,” Isherwood advises.
Opting for mules, but want a bit of height? Fret not. Our expert’s favourites this season is a pair by the feminine and talking point British footwear brand Malone Souliers. The London College of Fashion alumni is famous for her pencil sharp stilettos and colourful yet minimalistic designs.
“Malone Souliers are so simple and architectural in design. They reflect the sensible side of a woman but they are super modern and low maintenance in how they are worn. The backless element is so relevant,” Isherwood said mirroring a larger fashion trend this season.
Classic black court shoes
Who doesn’t want a good pair of black classic leather courts?
This season, Miriam Isherwood’s classic black court is from Yves Saint Laurent and it has a twist.
“When Heidi Slimane left YSL recently, they had to do something to signify this change and I think that the patent leather Opyum courts was their way of doing so. It goes back to the height of the YSL era when power dressing was all the rage and excessive branding was über cool. I bought these because I felt like I was buying a piece of fashion history and I will be wearing them with strong silhouettes in homage of the late Saint Laurent,” she explained.
Let’s not forget the obvious summer print – florals. Launching his eponymous brand in 2016, Italian fashion shoe designer Fabrizio Vitti, known for his playful and quirky footwear, this season introduced the world to his love for daisies.
“Fabrizio Viti is a designer still very much under the radar but when I saw these, they captured my imagination. I love the dainty daisies on this boot, they are something truly different. They are classic in the constitution but totally dramatic. Only a really confident woman could pull these off,” Isherwood said.
Hobo-chic, second-hand, vintage – you name it, worn down white trainers are the ‘it’ trainers this summer. Forget the almost illuminating white Nike Air Forces, this season we are opting for some slightly worn out styles. Isherwood’s picks this summer are by Italian footwear brand, Golden Goose.
“My first reaction when I first saw Golden Goose was that we had been robbed. My colleagues soon explained that it was the look…all beaten and worn. Fast forward a year and I now stomp around in mine with the utmost pride. A lover of vintage these are so comfortable but they also look pre-loved. I’m glad they are growing and think everyone should invest in these trashed trainers,” she advises.