We're certain we're not alone in welcoming summer with open arms. Sand between our toes. Aperol Spritz with friends. Salty tresses courtesy of early morning swims. These moments – along with the opportunity to finally ditch our heavy coats and embrace our linen shirts once more – are exactly what we love about the change to warmer weather. As we shift gears, now is the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your selection of summer footwear. If you're finding yourself in need of a re-fresh, let our guide to the summers most covetable shoe trends lead the way.
Summer shoe trends: The casual heel
With the year we've had, this summer we are itching to get out and enjoy time with family and friends. While there's no question that this season is all about comfort, there's no reason you have to compromise on your inner desire to get that little bit 'dressed up' either. Which, is exactly why one of the season's most prominent summer shoe trends is the casual heel. In recent years, the once infamous kitten heel has seen a major resurgence, with many of us parking our stilettos in favour of the smaller height. From strappy iterations to 90s-inspired platforms that will take you from pool party to al fresco dining, these are the heels we're shopping this summer.
Summer shoe trends: The chunky sandal
The unofficial shoe of 2020, the chunky sandal has earned its place on the sartorial roster and its tenure is firm. The versatility of this summer shoe is unlimited; styled easily with any piece in your wardrobe from summer denim, to a classic midi dress. The trick to its success as one of the most covetable summer shoe trends is the chunky sandal's ability to make even your most OTT pieces summer appropriate. Whether you're after a pop of colour or prefer to keep it simple, the chunky sandal is a must-have piece in your summer wardrobe.
Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock Arizona topstitched glossed-leather sandals
Summer shoe trends: The white sneaker
No summer shoe collection is complete without a timeless white sneaker. Whether canvas or leather, you can't live without this incredibly practical option in your summer wardrobe. While the white sneaker is certainly not ground-breaking, many people underestimate its place during the warmer months. A crisp white sneaker can instantly elevate even the simplest of outfits, and is the perfect comfort option if you're running errands.
If you're looking to complete your summer wardrobe, look to our breakdown of the 2020 summer season's most covetable fashion trends for a guide to the most noteworthy fashion pieces and how to wear them. And if your mind and heart is currently set on accessories, we've curated an edit to the season's best statement bags to add something 'extra' to your outfit.