Fashion: Six of the coolest shoe trends to adopt this summer

As the sun peeks through and it starts to look like barbecue time, many of us have started to think seriously about our summer wardrobes.

The question is: what will your look be this season? One of the best ways to elevate an outfit is with a killer pair of shoes – either a statement style or something that goes with everything.

A few key trends have already started to emerge, especially since the US festival season kicked off with Coachella, giving us a glimpse of the big shoe trends this summer. Y2K styles reign supreme — especially paired with other 2000s trends like low-rise jeans and mini skirts — as well as lumpy, “ugly” sandals that are all about maximalism.

Want to expand your wardrobe for the spring/summer season? Try these shoe trends for size…

1. 70s-INSPIRED PLATFORMS

The 70s have been back for a while now, with bell bottoms and halter tops dominating Instagram. The era is even making its way to our feet, with chunky, bold platform heels.

Take inspiration from Naomi Campbell modeling shimmering black mega platforms for Lanvin – they might not be the easiest things to walk on, but they definitely make a statement. Really channel disco fun in bold colors, metallic hues and sky-high heels.

Zara high heel platform sandals, £32.99

River Island White Zebra Print Bow Platform Pumps, £50

2. SLIPPERY CLOVES

Don’t quite have time to sort out your feet, but still want to wear a transitional shoe? Clogs are the answer – they’ll give your feet an instant update (without having to show your nails just yet).

These are shoes to stand out in – stomping and extremely satisfying to wear. For a classic take on the trend, opt for neutral tones — think beiges or creams — or give it a pop of bright colors or plush details. Perfect worn with a summer skirt or straight jeans.

M&S Suede Block Heel Clogs in Black, £59

River Island Beige Studded Heeled Clogs, £60

3. SOFT DETAILS

Speaking of plush details, the Y2K influence is on the runways more than ever – with brands like Altuzarra and Fendi making cute, tactile accent shoes for Spring/Summer.

Whether it’s sheepskin, feathers or a bit of down, this trend is all about having a little fun with your shoes. To really make sure you’re channeling the 2000s, choose bubblegum colors like hot pinks or pastel blues.

Oliver Bonas Borg Blue Faux Shearling Strappy Slippers, £28

ASOS Design Nettle Faux Feather Embellished Heeled Mules in Apricot, £38

4. Sporty sandals

Chunky sandals have been in fashion for a few seasons, and now they’re taking on a sporty twist. For a grown-up approach, go for monochromatic colors (Proenza Schouler and Chloe both championed athletic black sandals for summer), or you can go all out in bright, contrasting colors.

Think wetsuit materials, lots of rubber and Velcro straps – if they remind you of the sandals you wore in the 90s, you’re probably on the right track.

Zara Leather Flat Sandals, £79.99

Call It Spring by ALDO Ruthie Vegan Sporty Sandals in Orange, £27.99, ASOS

5. COWBOY BOOTS

The return of cowboy boots is part of the unmissable revival of the 2000s. Luckily, we don’t have to pair them with boho skirts and chunky belts (unless you want to, of course).

This time around it’s a more understated take on cowboy boots – stripped down and with fewer flashy details. For this trend, you’ll probably recognize the shoe shape as distinctly Western – but that’s about the only thing giving it away. Instead of wearing them to trap livestock, they’re ideal for those days in between when spring showers reign supreme.

Joe Browns Southern Slouch Boots, £70, Next

Anderson Western Chelsea Heeled Booties in Black Leather, £40 (was £92), Office

6. GLADIATOR VIBES

If Louis Vuitton, Dior and Valentino are all getting into this trend, there must be something in it. Super strappy and with as many studs and curls as you can handle is key to nailing this look.

It’s the kind of shoe that will make you feel like you’re instantly on vacation, and you can choose a style to suit your sense of minimalism or maximalism.

Monsoon Strap Tan Leather Covered Sandals, £39

Kin Lauren Leather Chunky Sole Buckle Sandals in khaki, £59, John Lewis

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