Top Spring/Summer Shoes Styles 2012

We rifle through the online rails of Next for ideas in high street and branded shoe styles for this summer season.

What will be on your feet this summer? Well, we can’t tell you that for certain (for a start, we don’t know your schedule, your taste or your shoe size….) but we can tell you what’s going to be in the shops from now until then – and those will be your only options for finding some footwear for the slightly warmer months.

For many of us, we’ll be glad to know that many shoe trends from 2010 and 2011 remain big in 2012. So for casual shoe wearers this summer, espadrilles remain a big deal, and a great option for men and women alike. Meanwhile, we’ve been skimming through the shoe racks of Next, a familiar name on the UK high street, and we’ve found that ladies spring/summer favourite wedges continue to enjoy popularity, and absorb many other contributing styles and forms for fashion-conscious women in 2012.

Indeed, for those looking for a beach-friendly casual style, the wedged espadrille – which has long been the staple summer shoe of city and rural women from Spain and other Spanish speaking countries – is a huge 2012 hit waiting to happen. Combine it with the 1950s-influenced patterns creeping into daywear and dresses for the spring – think gingham, stripes, cute sailor patterns and tropical plants and birds – and you’ll be on to a winner.

For another summer look, try updating the winter fashion for brogues with a soft leather sandal, more covered than open. Flip flops and mules are no longer a big deal – and you can kiss last year’s clogs goodbye. But neat, leather, well-cut sandals with a round toe and mostly covered foot are going to be huge – think retro Italian and French Riviera, and you’ll be there. Thankfully this is also a suitable look for work as well as play, and can be worn from a casual to a formal context as well.