Key trends to covet for the season.
Summer is finally here, at least in a formal sense; and to make the most of this much anticipated season, fabulous footwear is key. Whether relaxing on the beach, shopping in the city, or even still caught at work; here are the trends to wear and love for Summer 2014.
As expected, sandals were a prevailing trend at the SS14 shows, often in gladiator style with thin leather straps or cut-outs. However, as an agreeable surprise, not only for the hard working catwalk models, but also for any eager fashionistas out there, there were a number of chic, flat alternatives on show, for long lazy days of hanging out in the sun. Definitely a shoe that remains wearable, and in style, also beyond the season.
For anyone who loves the comfort of the flat shoe, but still wants to add some height to her figure; the novelty of the “flatform” (a flat platform with roughly the same thickness all the way from toes to heel) might be good news. Loved by some, hated by many, still one of the major footwear styles of the season.
Higher and higher
Lovers of heels, do not worry: as well 4 inches’ sandals as also ladylike pumps and stilettos are still available and in trend. The pointy toes make a strong comeback, regardless of the height of the shoe; and elegant footwear is often offset by cute socks – a perfect way of adding a twist to your old shoes, by the way.
As a contrast to ladylike and feminine, but connecting with the comfy flat sandals, the influence of menswear is visible in terms of boots, brogues and sneakers. One key combination to take note of is heeled boots with open toes, while for tired paws, the traditional brogue, or a low ankle boot, might be a more tempting option.
Colours and details
Apart from classic leather sandals, the SS14 shoe colour palette is often bold, happy and vibrant; and both heels, wedges and straps tend to be generously elaborated and decorated. Another key tendency is metallics, often emphasised with other shiny and transparent materials, as well as with gem stones.
Words: Johanna Bergström
Image: IMAXTREE via elleuk.com