Ultimate Guide to S/S13 Shoes

9 Mar 2013

The weather's brightening up already, and the SS13 collections have started to hit the runway in London and abroad. Beautiful outfits, spectacular make-up and fabulous nails have all been spotted, but what about the shoes we can expect to be sporting this summer? By taking a look at the show pieces on the runway and some high street favourites like Clarks,who just released a Spring/Summer lookbook, it's possible to get an idea of what's in store!

Quirky, colourful sandals have taken over from the classic Roman look of last year, with some classic and some totally bizarre offerings on the runway - Alexander Wang went for a pair of sandals with a PVC boot outline climbing up to the knee, while Proenza Schouler's "Tough Girl" concept saw some bold straps and buckles. More subtle options made use of over-foot panelling and unconventional shapes, and it seems this is more like the kind of this that's reached the high street!

Wedges have taken a step back in time this year, with some decidedly retro designs - as well as inspired pieces by designers like Belstaff, who launched a pair with a wood finish that wouldn't have looked out of place on a 1970s coffee table. Meanwhile on the high street iconic looks are being re-imagined, with neutral colours and attractive, timeless designs.

Matching pumps are all the rage this year, so however much you're spending make sure you grap a range of flats that goes with the colours of your outfit. Oscar de la Renta went one step further and made flowers out of leftover dress fabric to decorate the shoes, and it seems that bright colours and pretty patterns are all the rage at every price range. A pair of brown faux-leather flats and a matching belt is a good way to get this look on a budget!

Smart, semi-formal heels are a classic; whatever's on the catwalk, you can't deny that a plain black stiletto - or red! - will always turn heads. The heritage-style palette is also making waves, so look out for light greens and greys to match with a pencil skirt or a pair of fitted trousers if you're headed to the office. Alternatively, take a leaf out of Burberry's book and go for a pair of silver heels to really make an impact on a night out.