It’s the season of pedicures, fake tan and emergency shaving sessions as the temperatures start to rise and we welcome more sunshine into our lives. Ladies and gents, summer is on the horizon. We were lucky enough to have a little taster session last week as we were graced with temps reaching almost 20 degrees and we’re yet to shake that summer feeling. The dresses are out, the bright colours adorned and the morning struggle of what to wear on our feet in full swing.
Time to brush up on our knowledge of summer trends, starting with the shoes because in the words of Marilyn Monroe, give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.
The time has come to stow away your boots of winter’s gone by and embrace the sporty sandals and art-deco sculptural heels trends. Rumour has it that wedges are making a comeback, first tackling the designer market which means high street dupes are well on their way to us. Flip flops have been hoisted onto mini-heels with thanks mostly to Kim Kardashian along with perspex heels that are here to stay.
These are the shoe trends to know for summer 2019.
The Naked Sandal
This season has been christened the season of the Naked Sandal by those in the know. What is a naked sandal, I hear you ask. Imagine the most minimal, barely there sandal you can think of, barely a whisper of a shoe in most cases. It’s all nineties and very grunge but somehow twisted by the greats to create an air of elegance. Net-A-Porter has sold at least 11,000 pairs so far while everyone from Prada, M&S and Topshop have produced their own version.
For the brave, try pairing with cycling shorts and oversized leather jackets – the more vintage, the better. As for everyday wear, we’re a fan of the straight-leg jeans and blazer combo. Effortless chic down to a tee.
Reminiscent of the clumpy sandals you tried so hard to avoid as a child, fashion has done it again with the controversial, ‘ugly’ shoe trend. Paired with midi skirts and dresses, these shoes are in their prime when worn with ironically feminine items. Bound to divide opinion, these shoes involve a whole lot of velcro, spongey platforms and a little racer detailing. This trend brings together two of the biggest trends from the fashion landscape in the last few years – athleisure and the ugly shoe.
Maximalists will rejoice as summer brings with it this art-deco trend brought on to the scene by Jacquemus. These heels bring to life a slew of misshapen, circular and square heel silhouettes. While they may seem OTT sat on a shop floor by themselves, these babies bring to life the most minimal of outfits like no other. Let the shoes do the talking with this one and keep the rest of the look pared back.
In the true reminiscent fashion that’s taken over the style compass, footwear trends are taking a trip down memory lane as we move back into the land of logos. From sneakers to heels, top designers like Prada, Fendi, Gucci and Versace are all over it on the logo front.
Last summer, fashion folk and social media influencers, in particular, went wild for a pair of Dune leather sliders, simple but ticked all the boxes and looked conveniently similar to a Hermes pair at several times the price. Versatile in both tan and white, you’ll wear these with everything from culottes, to jeans to that puff sleeve mini dress you’ve been dying to wear for months.
Less of a trend and more of a timeless classic, the wedge espadrilles are back. We’ve got Castaner to thank for the shift of the wedge from beachwear to a summer wardrobe staple. Sturdy enough for a city break while also elongating your legs and elevating your overall look.