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A peek at the top summer shoe trends for 2012



Last week I attended the Debenhams SS12 press show, an opportunity to preview the forthcoming summer trends and forecast the season’s must-have purchases. Although the garments may not yet be available in stores, in my eyes it’s never too early to begin your summer shopping wish list! Naturally I headed straight down to the footwear section where the trends were clear to see. I can’t wait for summer to arrive!

Bright shoes

Pop brights
Neon colours came through as one of the key colour palettes for SS12, used as bright accents, contrast colour segments and all over base colours. Pinks featured in every tone along with aqua marines and citrus oranges. I especially loved the colour blocked wedges which will brighten up the office work attire. Don’t be afraid of wearing bold colours, eye-popping brights will give a fun and youthful spin to any outfit, making them the perfect summer accessory.

embellished shoes

I adorn you
From iridescent rhinestones to appliquéd fabrics, footwear embraced the age of 3D with playful embellishments. These dazzling shoes have the potential to give any outfit the wow factor. I would wear these with a peplum skirt (another predicted summer trend) for an ultra-modern 3D look.

natural shoes

Naturals & nudes
Earthy colour-ways adorned woven wedges, court shoes and raffia heels. Personally I love this colour palette as the tones are extremely easy to wear, can be paired with almost any outfit and can provide you with a regal appearance i.e. think Kate Middleton and her abundance of nude coloured heels.

floral shoes

The power of print
Spring/summer saw designers embracing our English heritage for inspiration. Whether delicate vintage florals or abstract bold prints, shoes conjured up images of beautiful English summer garden parties and the prim and proper dress code of the 1950’s. These elegant shoes will look stunningly feminine paired with shift dresses and midi length skirts. Progressing on from last year’s pattern clash faze, this year is all about being brash and matching your prints perfectly. Although if a full head-to-toe print feels a bit too bold, simply match your footwear with your clutch bag for a more subtle, but nevertheless ultra-sophisticated look.

wedge heels

New heights
Heels for spring are sure to be high! However there’s no need to alarm your feet as wedges appeared in their abundance; an ingenious way of wearing heels throughout the day – minus the pain! Raffia, cork and structured shapes could be seen throughout the whole collection along with chunky block heels, platforms and espadrille bases.

Which look is your favourite?

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