Summer 2015 – The New Shoe

Post by CM

Another year, another sandal. Remember a few summers ago when gladiator sandals were all the rage? Well they’re back; but with a twist.

The pretty ballet trend is growing momentum (I predict an explosion of all things Swan Lake next year), thanks in no part to Alexa Chung and the current Fit not Thin mode of thinking. Those who prefer a lean, sinewy, albeit strong look to pronounced muscles are flocking to dance classes, and fashion has been taking note.

The Chungster proudly displaying her ballet shoesies

Phoebe Philo at Chloe has really stepped up summer lovin’ this season, check out these lovelies from the S/S15 show.

Chloe S/S15

Valentino stole my heart with their S/S15 show, and these were on the feet of most of the models pounding the runway. I think this is a gorge transitional look –

Valentino S/S15

Jourdan Dunn looks pretty damn badass with her interpretation at Coachella, I love the haphazard lace-ups, ballet shoe gone bad or what?!

Jourdan Dunn

… here’s Chloe again, with another variation on the theme (a wedge!) …

Chloe S/S15

… and she who can do no sartorial wrong, Diane Kruger, does the smart/casual lace up to perfection!

Diane Kruger (followed by hot boyfriend Joshua Jackson)

These super sandals below breath life into the 70s heavy Massimo Dutti campaign, and show that you can make them work with the other major trends this summer (which you can read all about here!)

Massimo Dutti SS15

The long line lace-up look is not for everyone. Shorties like me would have to work them with very short shorts or skirt to avoid looking squashed, which means pairing with quite a modest, probably long sleeved top – but hey, at least peasant tops are all over the high street at the moment. If you’re conscious of your calves this trend is best left to those who love theirs, but of course and as always, anyone can try them out if you think they’ll make you feel comfortable and gorgeous! But just take the time to consider these cuties from Russell & Bromley as a chic and balletic alternative –

48c05b59ba7c99f9c2dc2cb0b9117abbI think they’re just lovely, and swear I’ve seen matches for them in Penneys (or you can get them here if you have €395 to spare). They’re also great for those who want their feet to breathe whilst not exposing them to the world.

And here’s how to wear them with evening wear, as modeled by Emma Watson at the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday (21st April).

Emma-Watson-Vogue-22Apr15-Rex_b_426x639If the more traditional cage-style gladiator (or if you still have your pair from a few years back languishing in your wardrobe) remains more your bag never fear; fashion houses like Carvela, Erdem and Aquazzura were all over them. But if you want to pirouette ahead of the crowd, lace up.

Or, if you’re resourceful (i.e. a cheapskate) like me, grab a cheapo old pair from last year and some ribbon and get your DIY on!

Contrasting colour ribbon was originally for illustrative purposes only, but now I”m rather liking it!

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