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Don't buy any new shoes before you see these runway trends

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Designers have been showcasing an eclectic mix of shoes at Fashion Week and a handful of trends have stuck.

As the '90s resurgence continues, so does the flatform evolution, while flowers and botanicals are proving surprisingly wearable sources of inspiration for designers.

Future-proof your next shoe investment with a look at the styles set to be kicking around until at least next autumn.


Bigger, bulkier and more polished styles are dominating spring/summer '17 runways in a variety of guises, from Preen's oversize bow sandal collaboration with Ugg, to Salvatore Ferragamo's swoonworthy knitted stretch sneaker (not sold? Bet you'll come around).

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L-R: Animal print at Proenza Schouler and an Ugg collaboration at Preen


Salvatore Ferragamo's runway smashers straddle two significant trends: flatform and fabric. The label that invented cork wedges has polished up the in-your-face sole with a narrower toe, earthy tones and a go-faster stripe. The knitted sock style uppers look delicate - not a word usually associated with the style - and modern. A sportier version in bright blue comes with a traditional trainer heel - but these are in no way made for running.

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Salvatore Ferragamo spring/summer '17

Since Vetements has managed to make £1,000 SS16 sock boots a sell-out and Nike's flyknits are raking in $1 billion a year (with the sports giant in the process of patenting a steam machine to give wearers a bespoke fit) it's no surprise that designers are indulging in fabric influences for their new collections.

Fendi gave us sports sock boots with curved stripy heels in Milan, while at London Fashion Week, rising star Richard Malone stretched orange pop socks over the top of elegant heels and Mother of Pearl covered baby blue boots with a mini denim skirt.


Clockwise from top left: Mother of Pearl, Fendi and Richard Malone spring/summer '17


From Valentino's iconic rock studs to Louboutin's rolling spikes, back-off shoes are always prime for reinvention and the clunky, chunky trend suggests studs are getting bigger and even more badass.


L-R: Gucci and Coach spring/summer '17


Jimmy Choo has looked to tropical flowers for next spring, Giuseppe Zanotti embellished delicate sandals with glittering butterflies and used painted flower appliqués in his new collection, while Shrimps teamed up with Converse - like Ugg, another '90s celebrity staple - to bring us delicate pink floral sneakers.

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo

Jimmy Choo spring/summer '17

Giuseppe Zanotti

Fausto Puglisi and J.W. Anderson played around with monochrome florals - Puglisi covering a pair of white leather boots in autumnal flowers and a squawking peacock, while Anderson splashed black and white daisies over graphic painterly blocks on smart brogues.

Fausto Puglisi and J.W. Anderson

L-R: Fausto Puglisi and J.W. Anderson

L-R: Fausto Puglisi and J.W. Anderson spring/summer '17

Sophia Webster and Gianvito Rossi's bold botanicals with a dark backdrop are the stuff of footwear dreams:  

Sophia Webster

Sophia Webster spring/summer '17

Sophia Webster spring/summer '17

Gianvito Rossi

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Gianvito Rossi spring/summer '17


Austin Powers homages appeared with a sporty touch at Versace, an outrageous '70s vibe at Marc Jacobs and in pure swinging '60s form at Arthur Arbesser.

Clockwise from top left: Arthur Arbesser, Marc Jacobs and Versace

Clockwise from top left: Arthur Arbesser, Marc Jacobs and Versace spring/summer '17


Another Fashion Week revival; this season's take has the warrior spirit but offers a more uniform, elegant feel than previous runway outings. Fiddly lace-up have been replaced by discrete zips and toes came covered at Giorgio Armani.

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani spring/summer '17

Diesel Black Gold and Christian Siriano


L-R: Diesel Black Gold and Christian Siriano spring/summer '17

Sophia Webster


Always a fashion favourite, the new block heels are thick, high, structural slabs in soft, subtle colours. Made for loose trousers and crisp white shirts.

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L-R: Paul Smith and Marni spring/summer '17


Tipped as the "it-shoe" of 2016, the Moroccan-style slipper is still inspiring designers into next year, with Narciso Rodriguez, Missoni and Santoni offering their own interpretations of the pointy-toed design. RIP, ballet pumps.


Missoni (top) and Santoni spring/summer '17

Narciso Rodriguez


Instagrammable whimsy is street style catnip and designers have been finding ever more creative ways to bring humour to summer shoes. Charlotte Olympia's smiling banana stiletto is so simple it's genius  - ditto Thom Browne's anchor heels - while Gianvito Rossi's cobweb design has redefined our Halloween outfit goals.

Charlotte Olympia, Marco De Vincenzo and Thom Browne


Clockwise from top left: Charlotte Olympia, Marco De Vincenzo and Thom Browne spring/summer '17


Back in 2015, Gucci unleashed the hairy loafer on the autumn/winter runways, fuelling the so-called "ugly" shoe trend. Christopher Kane's crocs are probably this season's equivalent when it comes to compelling awfulness (more on them later) but the fluffy-footed look has not disappeared entirely, with feathers sprawling out of sandal straps at Prada and gaudy yellow fur trailing off the heels of bejewelled metallic sandals at Libertine.

Prada and Libertine

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Prada (top) and Libertine spring/summer '17


They were touted as having had a "high fashion makeover" with marble print and crystal embellishments, but that plastic shell that first raised eyebrows - to put it mildly - in 2007 was unmistakeable Croc. Christopher Kane took a punt on the ultimate footwear underdog because, by his own admission, he loves their perception as being awkward, ugly and "extra clunky".


Christopher Kane spring/summer '17

Despite widespread scorn of the functional shoe, Croc sold nearly 30 million pairs in 2014 according to Bloomberg, so perhaps tapping into the ugly shoe trend with what is arguably the ugliest of ugly shoes was a savvy financial decision as well as a forward-thinking fashion move.

But can he make you love them? Stranger things have happened - like Kane's other unlikely hit, the desirable pool slider.

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