Fashion: Take feet out of hibernation

By Susan Edmunds

Summer shoes are so much more fun than the winter variety. You can get away with different colours and fabrics when you know you're not going to end up ankle-deep in mud.

We've picked six of our favourite heels, wedges and flat shoes. I know some people claim you can wear boots all year round but it just doesn't feel right. Summer is the time to show off your feet, not hide them under layers of fabric.

Block heels are really prominent on high heels this summer, which is good news for anyone who struggles to walk in stilettos. Look out for pairs that combine some colour blocking or neon.

Flat shoes are always a staple over summer and there's a resurgence of the jelly style.

I know you probably thought these were confined to primary school memories but add a bit of bling and they start looking a bit more grown up!

Sparkles of all varieties will be on feet everywhere.

Another style that's making a comeback is the gladiator sandal. I last wore a pair of these to high school but 2012's variety is a lot more colourful.

Ballet flats are still around, much to the relief of anyone who's found them a reliable wardrobe staple. I really like some of the soft pastel colours that have popped up in time for the new season.

You can never go past a wedge in summer. They look great with maxi dresses but also match shorts and capri pants in a way that just doesn't seem to work with traditional high heels. Some of the most popular styles this summer use natural materials for a rustic look that is really easy to match with all sorts of colours.

If your legs aren't as long or slim as you'd like, stay away from ankle straps. The horizontal line seems to make legs appear shorter.

- Hamilton News

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