Thursday, 20 March 2014

Step Into Spring in Style

Spring is finally here – its official – and for many of us this is the ideal time to revamp our wardrobes, have a cull of those unworn items and make several trips to the charity shop. It’s also the perfect time to indulge in a few fresh, key pieces to take us into the summer months.  But what of that poor, neglected shoe pile that’s also in desperate need of attention? Why not take the opportunity this spring to update your shoe cupboard, and give your hard-working feet a well-deserved treat?

Go on, dig out those tatty ankle boots you've had forever, and those much too-high heels you've never dared wear, and use our guide below to help transform your winter-weary walkers into tantalising twinkle-toes. They’re enough to make Quentin Tarantino embrace shoes...
So here are the main styles that you should step into this spring:

Wonderful Wedges:

All good things come in wedge-shaped packages...slices of cake, pieces of pie, pizza (you get the picture), and what’s not to love about a wedge shoe. Giving you leg-lengthening height without the risk of toppling or teetering, they’re the perfect spring/summer shoe which just keeps on coming back into fashion. Team strappy wedges with a floaty maxi skirt for a bohemian-chic look, or dress up a court shoe wedge with a fitted, body-con dress for a sophisticated evening look.

Wedges from Toms

The Cut-Out:
From Rihanna to Miley Cyrus, celebrities far and wide are embracing the cut-out shoe for spring/summer 2014, and it’s easy to see why. Not quite a sandal, not quite a formal shoe, they’re the perfect solution to your summer working wardrobe, and what better choice for a day-to-evening outfit for those post-work drinks? Choose a brogue- style cut out to channel your inner tomboy, or opt for an ankle boot style if you’re feeling bold.

Cut Out Shoes from Topshop

Beautiful Ballerinas:
Ever on-trend, the humble ballerina is a must-have for every girl with places to be and people to see. Lightweight and compact enough to fit in your handbag, ballerina pumps are a must-have item for a busy shopping day, or night strutting your stuff on the dance floor – even if only for the walk home. They’re also perfect for summer garden partying, where stilettos just won’t cut it unless you’re prepared to put up with that inevitable sinking feeling. These days they come in all styles and colours, from glamorous glittery numbers like this Starlight collection by French Sole, to these super-cute critters by Marc Jacobs.  

Ballet Shoes from French Sole

Fabulous Flip-Flops:
These days there’s more to a flip flop than a painful plastic toe thong and a choice of three colours. From practical Havainas to bejewelled beauties, they’re no longer just reserved for the beach and are our shoe of choice for that spring/summer soiree. Fancy going retro? Opt for a good enough to eat jelly shoe style. Feeling a bit flirty? Go floral with woven sole and blossom-adorned straps. How better to show off your new summery nail polish?!

Flip-Flop Jelly Shoe Style from Garage Shoes

So go on, embrace the outdoors and bound into barbecue season with the finest in footwear for spring/summer 2014.

Author Bio: Ellie Nicolaides is a fashion writer and shoe obsessive who loves the opportunity to update her shoe collection – however unnecessary that may be! She writes here for City Shoes, whose new spring/summer collection is now available.

What to Wear With Maxi Skirts and Dresses

Maxi dresses and skirts remain in and out of fashion, but still there are many women, who always keep them in their wardrobes because they do not require press to declare these outfits “hot” in order to wear the attire. Major reason behind this likeness for maxi skirts and dresses is that the attire gives a soft romantic and relaxed vibe, which not only makes them different from the rest, but also makes them suitable to wear during any season. On top of it, maxi skirts and dresses can be worn with a variety of shoes and tops, so one cannot get bored with them, as they can use them more often than other outfits.
However, to make maxi skirts and dresses look more exciting it is important that ladies should pair them with right shoes because repetition will tie them to just one look, while an inappropriate selection of footwear will completely spoil their image. Therefore, to guide women Garage Shoes, a specialist in providing best ladies shoes, has listed a few tips below that will enable them to avoid wearing wrong pair of shoes with maxi skirts and dresses.

Wedge Sandals

Wedge sandals makes an ideal combination with maxi skirts and dresses because in contrast to long and mid-length skirts the additional length of the outfit helps them to balances extra heft of the heels. It is because of this very trait many female celebrities are often spotted wearing wedge sandals with maxi skirts and dresses.

Flat Sandals

Besides wedge sandals, flat sandals also work well with maxi dresses and skirts. In fact, majority of the women love to wear flats with their maxis. However, if they keep a few things in mind before pairing flat shoes with maxi dresses and skirts, it will enable them to make some awesome combinations. For instance, if the maxi skirt you are planning to wear is simple in shape and has solid color, then opt for sandals that will decide the vibe of your whole attire. Supposedly, if you are after Mediterranean look and your maxi is more fitting than flowing, then sandals with ankle collars and wide bands will be best for you. In case of a fuller casual skirt, you can pick thong sandals with thin straps. It does not matter whether the footwear has delicate beads on it or some sort of embellishments like rhinestone.
High Heels

High heel shoes also look great under maxi skirts. In fact, there are very few high heel shoes that look odd with maxis. So women can wear high heel strappy sandals, wedges, ankle straps, stilettos and more with maxi dresses without any fear. All of them will look fabulous with maxi skirts, unless they are not matching well with the style of the outfit. High heel pumps also look great with maxis, but in general pumps with almond, pointy or peep-toe look more striking under maxis as compared to the ones with round toes.


Espadrille is another valid option for ladies to wear with maxi dresses and skirts, especially for the ones who are looking to a Spanish touch. However, if you do not want to give the impression to onlookers that you are walking in sleepers, then it is best to show some legs with espadrilles. Apart from this, wearer should also try to buy espadrilles, which comes with ties or ankle wraps in order to get a hip look.