At risk of sounding like Carrie Bradshaw, at the start of a new season I sometimes find myself wondering how there can be any new or original shoe trends.
Boots, heels, sandals – how many different variations can there really be?
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A lot, it turns out. While last season’s shoe trends had some similarities to spring summer 2022’s, the new season brings with it an array of exciting and fresh ideas.
Sure, you might have seen some of them in previous decades, but these have a modern edge.
Platforms aren’t like they were back in the 90s; these are feminine, extravagant and sky high.
Comfy shoes are no longer boring; these are colourful, unique and original.
Can you tell I’m in love with them all already? I have a funny feeling you will be too.
So let’s delve into the biggest footwear trends for SS22 and where you can shop them now.
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Believe it or not, ballet flats have actually been trending for some time.
This season though they’re coming back with a bang. Embrace the comfort of a flat shoe but ensure they have modern details, like square toes, ruching and texture.
Ruched Square-Toe Chunky Chain-Link Ballerinas, £55, Charles & Keith – buy now
Scrunched Leather Ballerinas, £135, Arket – buy now
When it comes to footwear this season, it really is the bigger, the better thanks to Versace, Molly Goddard and more.
While they might seem completely unwearable, you’ll be surprised at how comfy they are.
High-Heel Leather Platform Loafers, £59.99, Zara – buy now
Bulla Babies Patent-leather Mary Jane Pumps, £595, Nodaleto – buy now
Croc Mary Jane Shoe, now £63.20, Warehouse – buy now
More is more as far as I’m concerned, so I’m loving how extra the shoes for spring are.
Amina Muaddi and Mach & Mach’s shoes have sent a huge trend for glitzy details, with bows, crystals and bling galore.
110 fuchsia crystal-embellished satin pumps, £950, Mach & Mach – buy now
High-heel Sandals With Rhinestones, £39.99, Stradivarius – buy now
YSL’s Vesper shoes are set to become one of the year’s most iconic styles.
Look out for pointed toes, slingback styles and added embellishment if you want to get the look.
Pink Seduction Slingback Pumps, £950, Aquazzura – buy now
Hally Slingbacks, £130, LK Bennett – buy now
Walking on a Cloud
Perhaps our favourite trend of the season, shoes have had a comfortable update.
We’re not just talking slippers. Think moon boots, fuzzy shoes and anything quilted.
Faux Shearling Flat Sandals, £69.99, Zara – buy now
Padded Winter Boots, £135, & Other Stories – buy now
Pretty much every designer under the sun has released their own iteration of the loafer this season, so that should tell you something.
A tougher flat than the aforementioned ballet, the loafer is IMHO much easier to style.
Chain Embellished Leather Loafers, £100, & Other Stories – buy now
Chunky Loafers, £24.99, H&M – buy now