Anything but boring, get ready for spring with beige Jimmy Choos and statement Amina Muaddi heels.
The word ‘beige’ has become something of an insult. Used to reference things (and people) that are bland, boring, and, um, basic, beige has a reputation for being sensible and dull. This season’s beige boots are anything but. From geometric heels at Amina Muaddi, to XXL logos by Valentino, these are wardrobe firecrackers that punch high on the style scale. A welcome alternative to black that’s just as versatile and hardworking, they’re our go-to for in-between seasons when it’s getting warmer, but we haven’t got around to a pedicure yet. From palest fawn to warm caramel, here are our favourites of the season.
MODERN KNEE HIGH Welcome to beige 2.0. Modern design gives the tried-and-tested colour a new lease of life. Look for style details like square toes (see: Gianvito Rossi and Jimmy Choo) or sculptural heels à la Bottega Veneta and Amina Muaddi. Meanwhile, Paris Texas continue to tempt us with super sexy (in a slightly-kitchy-but-oh-so-alluring way) boots in every shade under the sun. This is beige, but not as you know it.
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OVER-THE-KNEE And you thought beige was dull? Gianvito Rossi and Amina Muaddi say otherwise. Their over-the-knee boots come with heaps of sex appeal and look great with a mini or jeans. Spring is the only time of year to brave suede – Saint Laurent’s classic Jane 90s are begging to be worn out-out (as soon as we’re allowed). Not so boring after all.
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ANKLE BOOTS One of beige’s biggest pulls is its versatility. A pair of beige boots will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe, and there’s no more versatile style than an ankle boot. Running the full gamut from A.W.A.K.E Mode feminine heels, to Ganni’s chunky Chealseas, it’s a feast for the lovers of neutral out there. Go for extra fashion kudos with Bottega Veneta’s latest hue of the BV Tire boots, and you’ll never look at beige in the same way again.
From surprisingly comfortable runway slippers to the princess heels trending in your feed, these are the dominating shoe trends of Summer 2021.
Whilst this cold season might feel never-ending, there is always something to look forward too. Take for example the biggest and most exciting shoe trends of the summer season, that have just started hitting stores. Slippers or as we like to call them ‘house shoes’ have undoubtedly been the dominating shoe trend of the previous months (year) and designers have fully embraced this controversial trend, cue furry sliders and duvet boots. In other words you can now wear your bedroom slippers further than just to take out the trash. For those who long back to high heels and fancier attire – wild fantasy stilettos and chain-embellished shoes are set to be hugely popular, as we eagerly wait for the world to open again.
Valentino SS21 / Prada SS21. Images courtesy of Imaxtree.
Kitten Heel The understated kitten heel does undoubtedly feel relevant as start practising dressing up again. Prada’s futuristic sling-backs and Valentino’s return of the iconic rock studs both came in the form of pointy toes and a minimal heel, a cautiously optimistic shoe for the current climate.
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Chanel SS21. Image courtesy of Imaxtree / Prada loafers.
Leather Loafers The chunky loafer has taken up a well deserved place in our shoedrobes over the past year and will according to Chanel keep its place. Outside the runways, Prada’s logo loafer and other sturdy shoes alike continues to be a social media hit, making it a somewhat perfect spring shoe to go with all those colour coordinated tracksuits we’ve collected.
Clogs The comeback of the iconic wooden shoe should not come as a surprise after all the time spent at home, but leave it to Hermés to turn it into a lustworthy designer investment. Stella McCartney and Bally embraced the trend too, this season we’ll wear them minimalistic with tonal styling.
Victoria Beckham SS21. Courtesy image / Versace SS21. Image courtesy of Imaxtree..
Chunky Chains Chains on shoes have been around for a few seasons now, but this summer the grew super-sized and chunky. JW Anderson’s last years chain slippers continues to be our pick for the best flat take on the trend, but Victoria Beckham and Versace did not hold back on the heel heigh, making the heeled chain pumps a strong favourite for the anticipated June 21st – Englands return to normality.
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Louis Vuitton SS21. Image courtesy of Imaxtree / Molly Goddard SS21. Courtesy image
House Shoes Fancy slippers and comfortable house shoes were heavily featured on the runways this season. ‘Fashion Uggs’ made a surprising Spring appearance at Louis Vuitton, while London based designer Molly Goddard collaborated with Australian Uggs, creating furry slippers to go with her dreamy dresses. Designers like Manolo Blahnik, Fendi and Celine has embraced comfort too, so wear your bedroom slippers with confidence.
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Amina Muaddi ‘Begum’ pumps. Image courtesy of @aminamuaddiofficial / Versace SS21. Image courtesy of Imaxtree.
Fantasy Heels While we’ve seen slippers and comfort-first shoes more than one can possibly have the energy for, the flip side of the coin is the OTT, fabulous fantasy heel. That colourful pair we dream of wearing when the pandemic is finally over, those shoes you’ve bought in the name of optimism and ironically wore with sweatpants for 3 minutes straight. Amina Muaddi is the epitome of this category and while this weren’t necessarily a dominant runway trend, you can’t have missed them on your IG feed.
Platform Flip Flops Platform thong sandals and flatforms grew from beach shoe to designer shoe real quick and give a perfect laid back vibe to otherwise fancy attire. The thong sandal were seen at surprisingly many designers summer collections, pick your favourite from Jaquemus, The Attico and Prada who has come out with noteworthy versions, while the Row’s famous ‘Ginza’ sandals have been re-made for another season.
Mesh & Woven materials So much for fishnet tights, this season we want our shoes in thick mesh and woven materials. Bottega Veneta’s pre-spring had plenty of net pumps and braided mules that you are likely to come across in multiple colours this spring. Designers like Dior and Fendi presented their shoes woven with a more artisanal take. While we love the designer take on handmade shoes, check out smaller designer like Brother Vellies and Shekudo, which specialise in artisanal shoes.
Ballet Flats The effortless ballerina flats are having a moment this coming spring. A shoe so minimalistic, it’s often used on the runways to shine attention to the clothing rather than footwear, however this season the stretchy ballerinas made an appearance on big brands shows like Celine and Khaite. Most ballerinas this seasons come fitted with a gathered upper, so choose quality, leather pair.
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Loewe SS21. courtesy image / Louis Vuitton SS21. Image courtesy of Imaxtree.
Retro Sneakers After years of chunky sneakers, the sporty shoe trend is gravitating towards a more refined mood. Retro shapes from the 80’s are making a comeback with sneaker experts like Adidas and Nike, while designers like Loewe are embracing the iconic tennis shoe in a range of colours. Louis Vuitton showed a sleeker, derby-like shape that sits somewhere between a brogue and a sneaker, introducing a brand new shoe style to add to our radar.
More haute than hippie, this season’s clogs are a new breed of shoe.
Hermés brought back the iconic clogs for SS21 . Image courtesy of Imaxtree.
Wave farewell to your skinny stilettos and say hello to a pair of sturdy wooden soles. They may be the milkmaids’ shoe of choice, but, yodelling aside, it turns out clogs are pretty stylish in 2021. Sometime in the early noughties, clogs were a hallmark of 1970s style, think Joni Mitchell in billowing peasant dresses and bell bottom jeans. The dream. Chanel and Miu Miu brought the iconic shoe back 10 years ago, remember those kittens and daisies? Remove Mitchell and Chanel from the picture, and, well, clogs haven’t made much fashion sense for a while.
This year’s clog renaissance, though, is just a logical extension of fashion’s generally relaxed, WFH mood. Hermès take on the chic garden shoe has us convinced that this style will be big news for the summer to come. The much-maligned Croc has been leading the charge for clog redemption, fuelled by high-profile collaborations with Balenciaga and Christopher Kane. One of Time magazine’s top 50 worst inventions, if the plastic shoe is a step too far for you, you’re in luck. This season’s clogs are more haute than horrible – see Gucci and Miu Miu for retro-inspired styles, Ancient Greek for classic clogs or Simon Miller for a pared-back, modern feel. Whether you like it or not, clogs are happening.
A hand-picked selection of the best new-in styles for a bright and stylish SS21.
For spring 2021, we predict a fashion divide, with most of us falling firmly into one of two camps. Those who are wedded to leggings, sweats and comfy slides, and those who can’t wait to throw on a minidress with a pair of 6 inch Manolos. Whether you’ve fully converted to slippers or can’t wait to strut your stuff in heels, the SS collections are full of inspiring, mood-boosting shoes that are sure to put a spring in your step (excuse the pun). Here are ten of the shoes to watch (and add to cart) this season.
THE SLINGBACKS Sick of fluffy slides but not ready to brave stilettoes? Prada’s logo slingbacks are the gateway shoe for those wanting to shed the at-home uniform of 2020. The label’s distinct brand of minimalist cool and sophistication plays out neatly in these optic white kitten heels. Adding to the top of our spring wishlists nowwwww.
THE HEELED LOAFERS Olive green Spanish leather, a chunky block heel, artisanal stitching and gold-toned shoellery. What’s not to like? We’re a little bit in love with the grown-up ‘90s vibe of JW Anderson’s heeled loafers.
THE MESH PUMPS Bottega Veneta does it again. There isn’t a single shoe we don’t want from the pre and SS collections, but these mesh wraparound pumps might be our favourites. Closely followed by the pink raffia mules and chain leather sandals, of course. What better way to step into spring than in bright green heels? Maybe paired with a bright white pant suit? Fresh and zingy, just the way we like it.
THE LOAFERS Loafers were the silent heroes of many a sad lockdown day. Comfortable, but dressy enough to give us a bit of attitude when we needed it. Bottega Veneta’s refined low-heeled Madame loafers will give your everyday wardrobe a touch of ladylike polish – locked down or not.
THE RUBBER BOOT Spring boots are more important than ever now that a significant chunk of social occasions take place al fresco. Fashion continues to adapt to our needs, and the AW rubber trend is set to flourish this spring. You’ll be prepared for whatever the weather might throw at you in Ganni’s coveted pair of wellington-inspired ankle boots that has finally been restocked around the web.
THE STRUCTURAL HEEL Jacquemus sandals were made for holidays. The minimalist aesthetic and structural heel are off-set with a natural canvas sole and delicate wraparound straps. Come spring, we’ll be wearing ours to the nearest lavender field to frolic in the sunshine with reckless abandon.
STATEMENT SLIPPERS After a year of trying to find the joy of dressing up at home, we have a whole new appreciation of pretty flats, especially the comfortable kind. Valentino’s reworked rockstudds are bag bigger than ever and we are especially fond of the these fancy slippers.
THE MINIMALISTIC SANDALS These are the sort of shoes you want to wear on a hot summer’s evening in the Med. Nibbling on olives and watching the waves. Preferably with a gaggle of girlfriends as you all get tipsy on sunshine and Aperol. Paired with a pistachio ice-cream coloured slip dress and gold jewellery that sets of your tan. SOON.
Not just for dancers – high-fashion at-home shoes with a touch of elegance.
Timeless ballet flats spotted of New York fashion week. Image courtesy of Imaxtree.
Noughties favourite the ballet flat has returned to the fashion stage for spring 2021. But this time, it’s more Prada than prima donna. Circa 2005, the dancing shoe was a wardrobe signature for the likes of Sienna Miller and Kate Moss – worn with skinny denim and button-down shirts. Now, we’re pairing them with silk slip skirts, boyfriend jeans and tailored trousers. They look as good slung on with cashmere sweats as they do on our few expeditions out. No coincidence, then, that a year of lockdown has seen them surge in popularity.
Shoes to fall in love with this Valentine’s day, whatever your relationship status.
Hollywood try to sell us the idea that Valentine’s Day is about champagne, red roses and silk bed sheets. We see through the clichés. Footwear fanatics know that really, it’s just an excuse to dress up in a pair of really sexy shoes. Chocolates are so last year. Instead, treat yourself to a pair of glittering Manolo Blahnik stilettos or wild Amina Muaddi mules. Whether you’re wildly in love, on the edge of romance, or looking forward to a date night on Zoom with your BFF, find your sole mate with our edit of seductive heels and romantic flats. Love isn’t cancelled, and nor are great shoes.
DINNER FOR TWO A candle lit dinner for two. A table laid with white linen and a bowl of spaghetti à deux. Restaurant or not, romance isn’t dead, and Mach and Mach are here to prove it – with lashings of crystals and the prettiest pink satin, all tied up in a bow.
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LOCKDOWN LOVERS Another date night on the sofa? Miu Miu and Malone Souliers are here to turn up the heat on your lockdown love story. Change into something more comfortable with ballet flats and diminutive mules by Roger Vivier and Sergio Rossi. Be still our beating hearts!
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SEXY BOOTS Whether you’re holed up with a hot housemate or hitting up the local pizzeria for carbs and red wine with a new romantic interest, a pair of sexy boots will guarantee that love is in the air. Thigh high Gianvito Rossis and shining pink Paris Texas heels are our boots of choice for maximum sex appeal.
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ZOOM DATES This goes out to all the shoe lovers. They may not be able to see your spectacular Amina Muaddi heels over Zoom, but you know they’re there. And girl, do they look spectacular. Seize the opportunity to wear crystal-embellished strappy sandals in February (without getting cold feet) and get dressed up with the help of Aquazurra and a bottle of crémant for one.
Embrace yourself for the coolest trend to get caught up in.
Forget fishnets, this season, net shoes were a runway hit. And conveniently, when it comes to shoes, you don’t have ladders and holes to contend with. Bottega Veneta are leading the net shoe charge with square-toe, lace-up pumps and chain detail heels to swoon over. The behemoth brand have given their signature mesh footwear a seasonal update, and Gianvito Rossi are putting their own spin on netting – with elegant pointed pumps in a rainbow of colours.
A great shoe for in-between seasons – not quite a pump, not quite a sandal – in beige, they kind of make your feet look naked. If toe cleavage is your thing, then this is the trend to tap into for the transition into summer. Combining elegant design with the sportiness afforded by mesh, Porte and Paire’s fine-knit and low heel offer a sophisticated and comfortable take on the look. So, tell us – what’s the net worth of your wardrobe?
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