SPRING sees the return of a few footwear favourites of yore (well, if the noughties can be described as ‘yore’), but with a 2017 twist.
From practical flats to showy sandals, it’s the heel height (or lack thereof) that’s setting the style agenda now, for daywear and after dark.
If it’s on-trend accessories you’re after, these are the shoes to choose this season…
Part Gucci, part Fenty for Puma and 100 per cent cool – fluffy pool sliders are the only kind of fur you’ll want to wear come summer.
Team with your with faded Nineties denim or sport luxe separates.
:: Dune Luau Sliders, £50 (www.dunelondon.com)
:: Office Snuggle Fluffy Pink Faux Fur Mule Sandals, £48 (www.office.co.uk)
Having faded in the fashion firmament somewhat, the ballet flat is back, but this time, Kate Moss’ mid-noughties staple comes complete with ankle ribbons.
Show off your dancing slippers with cropped trousers, culottes or a calf-skimming midi skirt.
:: M&S Collection Pure Cotton Embroidered Flute Sleeve Blouse, £29.50; Limited Edition Cotton Rich Gingham Ruffle Midi Skirt, £35; Autograph Lace-Up Ballet Pumps, £45 (www.marksandspencer.com)
:: Dune Handsel Nude Ribbon Tie Up Ballerina Shoes, £65 (www.dunelondon.com)
:: Topshop Kisses Pearl Ballerina Pumps, £39 (www.topshop.com)
Love them or hate them, kitten heels are back in a big way.
How to wear the mini-stiletto now? Keep it modern with sleek, shiny mules, or look out for tie and bow detailing (another big spring trend).
:: Wallis Silver Kitten Heel Mules, £38 (www.wallis.co.uk)
:: Office Martini Point Mule Silver Mirror Kitten Heels, £65 (www.office.co.uk)
The 60s-style square heel has had a catwalk-inspired makeover, and now the flared block heel is the one to be seen in.
From suede glove shoes to summery sandals, these chunky twosomes are equal parts cool and comfy.
:: Hobbs Carmen Dress, £159; Ochre Obi Belt, £69; Pimlico Mini Bag, £149; Zoe Block Heel Sandals, £149 (www.hobbs.co.uk)
:: Miss Selfridge Cody Mule Sandals, currently reduced to £20.30 from £29 (www.missselfridge.com)
:: Topshop Gina V-Cut Flare Block Heel Shoes, £56 (www.topshop.com)
GET THE LOOK
Call it the Beauty And The Beast effect. Fashion has gone mad for yellow dresses and they’re all over the red carpet too. Case in point: Amanda Holden was radiant at the recent Olivier Awards, in a floaty, chiffon one-shoulder gown. Be the Belle of your next ball (or wedding) in this Little Misstress lemon yellow maxi.
:: Little Mistress Lemon Jewel Waist Maxi Dress, £78 (www.little-mistress.com)
BUY IT NOW
Let’s be honest, charity fashion collaborations aren’t always that appealing, but the Hype x War Child range of hoodies, tees and sweatshirts effortlessly retains the streetwear label’s urban edge. The four-piece collection is out now, with at least £15 per item going to the charity, which helps protect children living in the world’s most dangerous war zones. Prices start from £25 (www.justhype.co.uk).
:: Hype x War Child Border Floral Tee, £25 (www.justhype.co.uk)
:: HELP STOP THE MUNCHING MITES
Opening your wardrobe to discover a beloved cashmere sweater has succumbed to the ravenous appetite of a moth is, of course, galling – but spare a thought for the bods at English Heritage, who have to look after half a million items of antique clothing and fabric. The charity reports a five-fold increase in the fashion-devouring pests in the last year, which is why it’s giving away sticky moth traps at its 400 sites. Set one up at home, leave it for three months then record what you find at www.english-heritage.org.uk. Together, we can win the war on moths…
The Baukjen mid-season sale is here, offering luxe separates, transitional tailoring and work-to-weekend dresses, like the gorgeous Loretta wrap dress, at up to half price off.
:: Baukjen Loretta Dress, currently reduced to £64 from £129 (www.baukjen.com)