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Summer Shoes

Footwear is usually the one area of your wardrobe for which it is easy to shop. But come summer, it can be trickier to buy the right smart shoes for outdoor summer events, especially if they are held on luscious green lawns. To save yourself from the sinking stiletto there are three ways to go: the block heel, the wedge and the flat. I’ve rounded up some of my top picks of each style to help you find the perfect shoe to grace garden parties, racecourses and outdoor opera festivals this summer. I’ve stuck to mostly neutral shades as these will go with most outfits, but many of the shoes pictured here are available in other colours too.

Block Heel

This is the smartest option and the closest in style to the classic court stiletto. I prefer ones that aren’t too high as they can look a bit clumpy. This is the best option for more formal events, e.g. when a jacket or hat is required.

Chloe scalloped edge block heel

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Rupert Sanderson, Powder patent heel

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Faber Novella, rose champagne Carine heel 

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Jimmy Choo Carrie Sandal

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Ted Baker Qarvaa leather block-heeled sandals

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Stuart Weitzman, nearly nude sandals

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Oasis block heel sandal

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Dune tan leather sandal

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Dune Meggan black suede sandals

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Samuele Failli pink suede sandals

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Whistles Tula Twist Block Heel Sandals, Gold

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Ted Baker, Kerria bow ankle block heel sandals

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Wedges

A more smart/casual heel, so good to pair with summery tea dresses or separates. I’m not a fan of cork wedges; I think the espadrille style is much more elegant.

Russell & Bromley, Candyfloss Peep-Toe Espadrille in Nude Suede

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Castaner, canvas wedge espadrille

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L.K.Bennett, rose satin espadrilles

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Office, Honolulu Dressy Espadrille Wedges

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Office, Holiday Cross Front Espadrille Wedges

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Mint Velvet, mink wedge

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Office, Halkidiki espadrille wedges

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L.K.Bennett, black suede sandals

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Dressy Flats

Avoid the heel altogether and go for a dressy flat – a great option for tall people, and there’s a huge range of styles out there for elegant flats these days. I prefer an almond or pointed toe for dressy flats – they look smarter than round-toe ballet flats.

 

Zara satin slingbacks

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Boden jewelled flats

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Jimmy Choo gold leather Lancer flats

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L.K.Bennett pink jacquard flats

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2 thoughts on “Summer Shoes

  1. The scalloped edge of that first blocked heel is so cute! I’ve been into platform wedges. I am short, so I love the height it gives me without sacrificing my feet. I never thought I needed so many shoes until I had a daughter who showed me the ways! Loved this post! Thanks for sharing. Koko 🙂

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