Spring is just round the corner, with the (hopefully) warmer weather necessitating a change in the foot department from the hardy, ankle-length leathers of winter to soft, cool materials for spring. But what are the shoes to be seen in this season? We take a look at some of the hottest footwear on offer this year.
Spring is renowned for its changeable weather - especially in the UK - so a shoe that is light enough for warmer days but still provides protection and warmth should the weather take an unexpected turn is highly recommended. For this purpose, the Clarks desert boot is still the king. The classic suede versions in camel, tan or amber gold suit both formal and casual occasions, and with their appeal lasting for over 70 years already, do not look like they are going out of fashion any time soon.
Again a good go-between shoe for this most variable of seasons, leather derbies will work as well in the office as they will on a weekend stroll. Go for a rich chestnut-brown hue and then build your outfit around it, swapping the wool jumpers of winter for a lighter cotton cardigan and slim-cut, dark-navy jeans. The simple lines of the derby also mean that why they won't quite go with everything - it is very hard to get good shoes to work with jogging bottoms - they are as close as you will get.
Tasselled loafers came back on the scene in a big way a few years ago - largely due to the 'ankling' craze so coined by Esquire - and are still very much on the scene in 2013. As the weather heats up, consider pairing with a pair of turned-up, skinny cream jeans or heritage-weave smart trousers - cut just above the ankle of course for the perfect smart yet laid back look.
For something more casual than the offering above, slip ons are the way to go. As far away from the multitude of laces, straps and buckles that are so synonymous with winter footwear as possible, slip-on shoes are the perfect casual shoe for the season. Go for a muted, natural tone to ensure they go with as many different outfits as possible.
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