Footwear Must Haves For Summer

Summer footwear reflects the key summer trend this year, the nautical theme. You will find navy, white and red aplenty, with nautical stripes everywhere as well as seaworthy symbols like anchors, rope detailing and shiny brass embellishments.

The deck shoe and the tennis shoe are making a comeback on the high street. Both tie in nicely with the retro travel trend, which looks back to English ladies and gents taking the grand tour during the 1920s and 30s. The deck shoe also incorporates the nautical theme and you will find a range of colours and finishes available. We recommend woven leather for a fresh take on an old favourite.

Add some height with a pair of wedges this summer. Always a summertime favourite, wedges really are back for 2010 and are higher than ever. Opt for a peep toe to keep the look fresh, and look out for natural finishes that tie in with the nautical and retro travel trends, such as rope finish heels, striped canvas and summery cork.

When it comes to sandals for summer, the gladiator is still where its at. This summer they are more dramatic, with over the top strapping, sometimes right up over the knee. Look for killer gladiator heels too, which add a bold statement to any summer outfit, especially with big buckle embellishments and studs.

Tying in nicely to the vintage travel theme is the brogue. These have been around since last year, but this summer they take on a lighter feel with a larger variety of colours and finishes now available on the high street. Light tan and beige are great for a classic look, but also watch out for coloured suedes for a softer summer feel.

If you are fed up with pumps and sandals, look out for espadrilles. These are all over the high street right now and are a great comfortable alternative for the summer. The colour and print finishes are almost endless, from nautical stripes to summery pastels, polka dots to vibrant neons.

Heels for summer reach towering new heights thanks to the return of the platform. Platforms may have been huge, literally, in the 70s and had something of a revival in the 90s thanks to those Spice Girls, but for this year they are far more refined. Think slimmer platform soles teamed with killer stiletto spikes.

We still cannot get away from the shoe boot. This summer sees a variety of new styles hit the high street, particularly slouched, pale suede finishes, extra strapping and buckle detailing and brogue styles that incorporate a cool 2 inch heel.

These key women's footwear trends for 2010 were brought to you by Josef Kazan. She recommends heading to the New Look website for the latest sandals, wedges and heels for summer 2010, covering all of the seasons key trends.

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