A comprehensive review of women's shoe designs for the
summer season of 2011. This article describes in
detail the new styles in block heels, Mary Janes, court shoes,
and also beachwear footwear such as espadrilles and Gladiator
Zany wedges are so cheerful and wedge shoes are
great for evenings out. You gain extra stability with the wedge
support and the wedge construction helps prevent aching feet because
the weight of your body is more spread.
These pink open toe wedge shoes are each so pretty, yet so
different that a simple outfit could easily be transformed from
ordinary to spectacular.
Left - Print Floral Fabric Tie And Raffia Wedge Sandals -
Bonprix.co.uk - Stockist Number: 0871 384 1004.
Centre - Red Herring Floral Wedge £38/57 - Debenhams Footwear.
Right - Red Herring Striped Wedge £35/53 - Debenhams Footwear -
Stockist Number: 08445616161.
Ditsy, floral, itsy-bitsy fabric prints that look
as if they have jumped off a patchwork quilt, have flown onto all
sorts of footwear from flat Grecian sandals to pretty flower print
pumps. Other footwear for the summer of 2011 includes floral fabric espadrilles, chunky wedges, strappy
platform heels and flower powered sneakers. These shoe choices
below show a wide variation of flower prints from pastels to
peach coral reds, note the interesting and co-ordinated backgrounds. This floral footwear
works well with the current fashion
craze for peasant Gypsy Chic blouses.
Top Left - Matalan SS11 Women's Floral High Top
Sneakers £12 - Stockist Number: 0845 330 3330.
Top Centre - Floral Pump Shoe - Office SS2011.
Top Right - Matalan SS11 Women's Floral Espadrille £5.
Bottom Left - New Look Floral Print Platform Wedge
Bottom Centre - Office High Summer Ladies 2011 Simple Minds,
£75/110 Office Ladies Footwear.
Bottom Right - Matalan Ladies SS11 Floral Panel High Wedge £16.
New twists mean rope or ribbon toes on footwear let ties trace up the
leg from ankle to calf. Other shoes and sandals show abundant ribbon ankle wrapping. Some of the ribbons follow the floral themes in prints. The floral ties shown on the check wedge shoes above are a
typical fashion finish on footwear this year 2011.
Matalan has some excellent low cost shoes and sandals that
hones in on every aspect of this floral fabric fashion
trend in footwear. Office have also produced some hot trend
items in footwear for 2011.
Above Left - Matalan SS11 Womens Shoes - Floral
Tie Ankle Wrap Gladiator Sandal £14.
Top Right - Matalan SS11 Womens Abstract Floral Wrap Ankle Tie
Bottom Right - Matalan SS11 Womens Floral Fabric Toe-post Thong
The modern way with colour mixing in 2011 extends to
shoes, which are mostly two or even three colours. Think of a
shoe and think of bold harmonic colours such as turquoise
emerald and royal blue, positioned to create an abstract pattern
worthy of Mondrian.
Tan and other neutrals complement these bold twists of
colour. Greens and yellows pair well with white.
Ahhhh ... sighs of
relief from many, at the return of medium-height court shoes or
kitten-heel pumps. These are the answer for those who are
fearful of the ridiculous heights shoes have seen in recent
years. No woman can comfortably wear a fine shoe heel over
12.5cm/5 inches - beyond that she really does risk life and
limb. Worse by the time she is sixty its a 90% chance that her
arches will have dropped. So pace yourself with the wearing of
high heels. Many a model has teetered on catwalks when forced to
wear 12 inches of elevated footwear.
Above Left - NEXT Yellow Platform Shoes, £35/45 - NEXT Beach
Hut Collection SS11.
Centre - Shoe by Hobbs - NW3 Collection - Goodison Brogue Court
Shoes - £159/180.
Right - Kaleidoscope 2011 - Green Dip Sided Shoe -White
Contrast Piping & Heel £37.
More blocky looking cone and solid square heels or stacked
heels that endow a cubist effect are very 1970s. These steadier styles may all be newer styles for you. With the wooden clog like
platform these mules of varying platform heights and heels take on a 1970s Dr. Scholl character.
Above Top Left - Hobbs - Curvy Flat Sandals, £99/115. Hobbs
Spring Summer 2011 Footwear & Accessories.
Centre Left - NW3 Hankins Scalloped Wooden Sandals, Nude,
Left - Hobbs - NW3 Hiking Sandals, Cherry, £110/125.
Above Top Right - Faith Devlin Wooden Heel Platform Sandal £50 at Debenhams
Centre Right - Hobbs - NW3 Wyldes Sling-back Sandals in Nude -
Also in Midnight Blue
£110/125 - www.hobbs.co.uk .
Bottom Right - Faith Dole Orange Platform Clog Sandals £45/£55
Debenhams SS11 - Faith Stockist Number: 08445616161.
Some footwear shows real definition with sculptured fascinating heel forms.
These twisted heels centre and sculptured pieces are like works of art they are
so rococo in line. Gold, mustard, yellow and lemon add sunshine to shoe styles.
Above Left - Schuh Mouse Twist Heel Yellow Court Shoe -
£65/85. Also available in red and black Schuh Spring Summer
2011 Collection Stockist www.schuh.co.uk.
Centre - SS11 Womens Chunky Heel Espadrille £18 Matalan
Ladies Footwear Stockist Tel: 0845 330 3330.
Right - Office High Summer Ladies Footwear 2011 - Hurley Burley,
This 70's sling-back gold heel mid open toe sandal is
totally 1970s retro in design. The sturdy heel and one
centimetre platform help make it a high comfort option for
dancing the night away. Stockist www.office.co.uk or Tel. UK
Straps are multiplying on shoes and there a bi and triple
ankle strap shoes, plus tie bows.
The Mary Jane is an easy comfortable style, even with
a high heel, because that midway strap neither cuts the ankle or
hugs toe cleavage so far down that the strap gets rendered
ineffective at holding the shoe in place. Correctly positioned a Mary
Jane strap can support and hold the shoe on a foot that would
otherwise struggle with a heeled shoe. No wonder Mary Janes
so popular for dancing down the decades.
Left - Schuh Prince Bow Bar Court £67/85 Also Available Red
- Schuh Spring Summer 2011 Collection
Centre - Open Bar Shoes, Nude, £129/150 Hobbs Spring Summer
2011. Footwear & Accessories - www.hobbs.co.uk.
Right - Black Bow and Piping, Block Heel Mary Jane Shoe By Dune.
Bar straps are a simple feature which help stabilise a shoe
and make sit easier to keep a shoe on the foot especially useful
with mass produced footwear for those who have odd size feet.
Extra footwear features of note are fake flowers,
particularly roses, and also there is an element of transparency
in footwear as
transparent mesh inserts, bows or fronds of tulle create wispy
effects. Combine this with dainty floral print fabric, nude and flesh tones and the footwear
is all in keeping with ballerina looks.
Top Left - Peony Ballerina Pump £25/42 - SS
2011 Accessorize Ballerina Corsage Pastel Pink Pompom Shoe.
Top Centre - Dune - Fleur Toe-post Flat Sandal - £55/64.
Top Right - Accessorize Panel Brogue Pastel Pink and Floral
Brogue Shoe £28/47 - SS 2011 Accessorize Ladies Shoes Stockist
Bottom Centre - Dune Peep Toe Flower Ballerina Pump - Dune -
Emmie - £65/76.
Bottom Left - Rose Peep Toe Platform Court Shoe by NEXT SS2011.
Peep toe shoes offer extra comfort in summer an
enable a glimpse of a great matching pedicure. Hot pink toes
nails would be the finishing touch to these shoes. Look
out for floral, stripe, spot and check prints as well as glitter
embellishments and bow finishes, a flatter alternative to flower
Above Left - Dune - Dandelion Floral Peep Toe Court Shoe - £110/129 Dune
Centre - Dune - Valentina Striped Court Shoe with Peep Toe -
Right - Dune - Vanity Diamante Fuchsia Low Peep Toe Platform
Court Shoe£99/117 - Dune Womens Footwear SS2011.
If you are
seeking a 'Mad Men' feel to your retro outfits add a
1950s touch with fun fabrics in the form of polka dot spots and
tablecloth checks. These shoes will add that certain something
whether your fashion outfit is a pair of shorts, Capri cropped pants or
Left - New Look Pink Dot Heel £19.99/24.99
Centre - Shoes By NEXT Summer 2011.
Right - Schuh Garda Ankle Strap Gingham Wedge £70/90. Schuh
Spring Summer 2011 Collection -
www.schuh.co.uk. This shoe is
available in a multicolour floral design.
Red shoes, and cheeky print shoes, are flirtatious and are made for dancing.
This year the usual red court shoes have been overtaken by
Above Left - Red Label Fashion Footwear
Centre - NEXT Stripe Wedges, £40/51 Next Paint Box - Stockist
Number: 0116 284 9220.
Right - Office High Summer Ladies Footwear 2011 - Walk Away,
£60/85. Office Stockist www.office.co.uk.
In contrast to neck breaking high heels, there are flats and
wedges offering safer alternatives for everyday running around
whether at work or play. Studded shoes, platform heels, wedges, raffia wedges line up
against kitten heels and super flat ballerina pumps.
These three wedges use natural tan leather, denim and animal
print classic materials that will blend easily with lots of
outfits and they make a complete contrast to
Left - Autograph Leather Peep-Toe Wedges, £49 -
Marks & Spencer Accessories.
Centre - Tamaris Denim Wedge £39.99 - Tamaris Spring
Right - Star by Julien MacDonald Leopard Wedge £32/48.
Debenhams Footwear Stockist Number: 0844 5616161.
Check out brilliant coloured leather refined Gladiator sandals. They
have moved away from very earthy looking Roman soldier styles to
softer colourful leather versions, beaded thong sandals and metallic leather styles. Printed fabric also features in sandals and ribbon wrap ties and
Sandals open construction always gives that bit of extra room and comfort,
and sandals from Fifty Plus offer extra
wide fittings - fashionable colours and comfortable fittings
Above Top Left - Perfect for beach and holiday
occasions, this Fifty Plus Spring Summer 2011 Collection silver
and green sandal comes in generous width fittings of E & EEE and
in sizes 4 to 9. Silver & Green Jewel Sandal £40 - Fifty
Plus Womenswear Footwear Stockist Tel: 0871 231 2000.
Top Right - Another well designed sandal from Fifty Plus. This
lime green gladiator sandal comes in sizes 4-8, D width fitting.
Plus sizes will love the shoe fittings at Fifty Plus - Lime
Green Gladiator Sandal - £45.
Bottom Left - Tamaris Green Leather Gladiators £49.99. Tamaris Spring Summer 2011.
Bottom Right - Office High Summer Ladies 2011 Survivor Sandal,
£40/55 Office Ladies Footwear.
Blue Flat Sandals Summer 2011
These blue sandals are typical of the Gladiator and thong styles
of summer footwear for 2011. The fringed version and rose flower
version give the 2011 styling touch seen in so many other
Above Top Left - Blue Suede Fringed Sandals £35
- Simply Be.
Bottom Left - Dune - Cala - £55/64 - Dune 2011 Womens Footwear.
Top Right - Dune - Cala - £55/64.
Bottom Right - Iman Blue Printed Flip Flop 841213 £25/42 -
Monsoon SS 2011 - Stockist Number: 08448110068.
This summer of 2011 shoes come in every colour, but for
an inexpensive holiday option consider the basic espadrille.
Penneys of Ireland have taken their cue from
some of the main fashion colours in
Pantone's SS2011 palette
also shown above. Note the sorbet hues of the Penneys summer espadrilles.
You are sure to find tints and shades in garments that tone, mix and
match with all these base colours.
Below - Penneys (Ireland) - Summer Canvas Espadrilles 4 - Penneys Spring 2011 Womenswear Shoes.
Blocks of colour work well on footwear. There are
multi-coloured and two tone shoes, or shoes with contrast dark
or light piping that add freshness to old styles like the Mary
Shoes are striking - one look at Dior's purple feather shoes
with loop stitch trim and espadrille platform will make you sit
a up and take notice of fashions in footwear. Sugar sweet colours were used by Miu
Miu with a show of multi colour sorbet tone shoes with black trims.
These sorbet tones are the inspiration for many footwear
colour designs you see everywhere.
Footwear is fabulous so take your pick this summer of every
footwear trend imaginable.
Copyright of images courtesy of Prshots.com,
Marks & Spencer, Hobbs, House of Fraser, Schuh, Dune, Primark, Penneys, George at Asda, Oasis, Debenhams, Littlewoods,
River Island, Accessorize Monsoon, Matalan,
Warehouse, Pantone, New Look, Jane Norman,
Faith, Bonprix.co.uk, Dolce & Gabbana, Boohoo.com,
Next, Monsoon, River Island, Yogoego.co.uk,
very.co.uk, redlabelfashion.com, French Connection, Mint Velvet, Phase Eight,
Kaleidoscope, A|wear, Tamaris, Office, Fifty Plus, Simply Be,
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