How to step into spring with style

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By Shannon Eades and Ana Sencenko

The sun is peaking out from behind the grey, dark clouds, so it’s time to put your winter shoes at the back of your wardrobe.

From high street stores to the streets of London, these footwear trends for Spring 2017 will brighten up and add colour to any wardrobe.

Our guide will navigate you through the highlights of this season and help you find your new ‘IT’ shoes for Spring.

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CLASSICS

Classic trainers are making a bigger appearance this season.

This year Converse turned 100, so to celebrate. grab  your old chucks, give them a clean and wear them out. Dresses and Converse are the perfect combination. Why not try a daring colour for spring? Wear pink, blue or red Converse with a basic white T-shirt and light-wash denim jeans or shorts on hotter days.

Vans are in retailers everywhere. They are reliable when you want to look really stylish. You can’t go wrong with these iconic trainers. Old Skool trainers are must haves this year. Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Kristen Stewart have been seen wearing these non-stop.

Any classic trainers are on trend – Puma Suedes, Gazelles, Stan Smiths also look good with anything you wear. They are so versatile; you can’t not have any for this season.

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 FLATFORMS

Substitute your everyday flats for some platform flats to put an extra spring in your step.  These chunky funky flatforms will be your new best friend. They are red hot this season.

When you see them in Balman, Gucci, Miu Miu and Prada, you can’t take your eyes off the platforms with block colours on the sole. They range from bluchers, loafers, trainers to sandals.

They are everywhere on high-street shelves. With buckles, metallic tones, lace-up and studs you can garantee that these shoes will add edge to any look to wear. Pair these with a simple mini-dress to show off those legs or with denim jeans to spice up your everyday look.
You can find amazing flatforms in stores like Stradivarius which have metallic sliver-tone brogues and all black satin trainer flatforms from Urban Outfitters.

 

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Image from: Stradivarius.com

 

 

 

 KITTEN

If you don’t like wearing high heels or just can’t wear them because you stumble with every step you take, don’t worry, kitten heels are back. Dior famously brought them back at fashion week. The ribbed fabric with a detailed cream ribbon slingback are to die for. Kitten heels also appeared at Guccii – with metallic block colours and embellishments they certainly add a pop of colour to any outfit.

These heels give you a little lift and they are comfortable to wear all day, whether it’s walking from Highbury & Islington to Holloway Road or just walking to work.

High street stores like Zara have some great quality Kitten Heels without giving you heart palpitations when you look at the price. H&M have the perfect dark grey patent kitten heels for the minimalist who who wants a delicate, feminine shoe.

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Image from: Zara.com

 

FREAK SANDALS

Japan is known for being the origin of anime, but it’s not just cartoons and manga that were influenced by the fictional universe. A lot of its fashions have transitioned into real-life designs, and while these can be seen on mostly on cosplayers, Asia has been embracing the cute style for years.

Freak sandals have recently been spotted in places like Camden Market or charity shops, but good news for anyone who’s currently in the hunt for a ‘kawaii’ touch to their look – the sandals are hitting the high street shelves this season.

These will be ideal for anyone wanting to wear some heels, but having the struggle to walk in them. The particular detail that all of these sandals have in common, is that they come with a very chunky medium heel and almost the same height prominent platform.

They are also very good for warm weather, as their another lineament is straps that make the garment more breathable.

 

STUDS

The well-loved studs and buckles are coming back (not that they where going anywhere though…)! For all the heavy metal lovers, or just if you feel that your look needs an added edge – this is your time to shine.

The trend was first revealed in ValentinoGivenchy and Steve Madden collections years ago, but their high street equivalents haven’t left the shelves ever since, coming back every spring season. If you are not ready to splurge on a designer piece but want to experiment with the trend, Topshop is great for those of you who want a pair of edgy footwear without the hefty price tag.

A shoe decorated with this add-on will add an eye-blinding, show-stopping and jaw-dropping spice to the most feminine outfit. Studded ankle boots will look amazing contrasted with a bohemian mini dress, while a pair of pointy flats will make an ‘all-black’ outfit even darker. With this trend, there need be no shame in letting your dark side show through.

DOLLY AND MARYJANE

We all remember the Jeffrey Campbell era, when the fashion world was obsessed with high chunky lace-up pumps. With fashion taking a  provocative route, bulky, over-the-top type of shoes are having their comeback. The bigger, the better!

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Spotted in various retailers’ displays, the so-called dolly heels or Maryjane shoes are now coming in different textures, sizes and patterns. Fabrics vary from velvet to denim, and finishes go from glossy metallics to embroidered patterns, all finished with a chunky, sometimes contrasting platform.

The trend is perfect to add a sassy touch to the most basic everyday outfit.

 


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