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STEP INTO SUMMER

Pack up those boots, tentatively tidy away your tights and step into the new season in style with the best summer 2022 shoe trends.

Once you’ve stocked up on summer dresses, light linen trousers, swimsuits and bikinis, all that’s left to do is round out your warm weather wardrobe with everyone’s favourite category: shoes.

In seasons past, designers have been craving comfort with slip-on flats, fuzzy slippers and chunky trainers. But for summer 2022, the shoe trends offer something new. Colour is back and as vibrant as ever thanks to Gianvitto Rossi and Magda Butrym and their array of bright rainbow shade stilettos. Mach & Mach are shining bright with ultra-feminine tie-up heels featuring embellished bows. Whereas Valentino and Miu Miu are taking us back to the seventies with sky-high platforms.

But if comfort is still what you seek, trainers are here to stay in all shapes and sizes. Caged sandals are set to be the biggest trend this summer and the best part? They’re both parts functional and comfortable. So with all that and more on the market, we put together a list of the best summer 2022 shoe trends so you can start shopping right now.

1. PLAYFUL PLATFORMS

At first glance, platform heels look daunting. But in actual fact, the chunky soles actually balance out the sky-high heel making them slightly easier to walk in than a standard stiletto. These Suede Platform Sandals from Miu Miu designed in supple black suede and accented with pearl embellishments at the ankle are well-suited for formal occasions. But if the height is still causing fear, worry not. These Roman Stud Thong Sandals from Valentino still lean into the platform trend but in a more comfortable flat.

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MIU MIU Suede Platform Sandals

€790.00

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VALENTINO GARAVANI Roman Stud Thong Sandals

€860.00

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2. COLOUR POP

After a long, long winter spent in black ankle boots, this summer is all about mood-boosting brights. Sunshine yellow, Kelly green and punchy pinks are the shades proving to be most popular but really - as long as it’s vibrant, it’s on trend. Look Gianvitto Rossie for heeled mules in every shade of the rainbow. Add even more drama to the trend with Magda Butrym and their feather trim sandals. Or keep it comfortable with a bright sandal from Prada.

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3. CAGED SANDALS

If it’s comfort you’re seeking this summer, look no further than the caged sandal. Also known as the ‘fisherman sandal’ or ‘closed-toe sandal’, they are comfortable, functional and incredibly chic. The true beauty of the caged sandal is that there’s no need for a fresh pedicure: they look just as fantastic with hosiery as they do with bare feet, and they’ll work no matter what the good the Irish summer throws at us weather-wise. Prada does the caged sandal best with a whole host of colours and platform heights to choose from.

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PRADA Foam Rubber Sandals

€590.00

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PRADA Sporty Foam Rubber Sandals

€590.00

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4. SHINE BRIGHT

The right pair of shoes can have the transformative power of turning a simple blazer and jeans outfit into an elevated, well-polished ensemble. And no shoe does the job better than embellished heels. Reminiscent of Cinderella’s glass slippers, these sparkling party shoes do the hard work for you by taking a simple black dress and making it red-carpet worthy. Mach & Mach Double Bow Sandals have become a fashion favourite while Aquazurra play with crystals.

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5. SUMMER LOAFERS

Loafers are the leather jacket of the shoe world. They have the versatility to carry you from season to season while bringing a certain edge to any outfit. These Snake Effect Square Penny Loafers from Ganni give an alternative take on the shoe with snake embossed leather and square toe. Or go classic but chunky with these Alexander McQueen Wander Hybrid Loafer. Style either with everything from jeans to slip dresses, blazers to cardigans to imbue your wardrobe with eclectic cool.

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GANNI Snake Effect Square Penny Loafers

Now €70.00

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Wander Hybrid Loafer

€650.00

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6. SUSTAINABLE SOLES

Founded in 2005, Veja (pronounced vay-ja) is the feel-good footwear brand changing the world one trainer at a time. This now-cult label, as a B-Corporation, boasts strong transparency within its production process that eschews malpractice for supportive working conditions, sustainable materials and an ethical attitude. With its distinctive V logo in varying colours and styles, Veja trainers have now become a wardrobe staple.

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7. PARTY HEELS

With signature interlaced straps varying from barely-there to maximalist-like styles, lace-up sandals, nicknamed "naked shoes" are set to be the shoe of the summer. Creating an ultra-feminine look by leaving much of the foot bare, they are easy to style, easy to wear, and appropriate to wear anywhere. Make a statement in Bottega Veneta's Mesh Stretch Sandals or go bold with the Pointed Floral Thin Wrap Pumps from Magda Butrym.

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BOTTEGA VENETA Stretch 90 Mesh Leather Sandals

€850.00

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MAGDA BUTRYM Pointed Floral Thin Wrap Pumps

Now €130.00

Was €640.00

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8. Excellent Espadrilles

Espadrilles are the ultimate summer shoe. Worn closed-toe or open, these woven sandals are all about sophisticated ease. For proof, just look to these Anagram Espadrille Sandals from the Loewe Paula's Ibiza 2022 collection. Or try these Miu Miu Pantofole Denim Espadrilles. Detailed with the brand name and a raw hem, this fun pair is sure to elevate any beach-side edit this summer.

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LOEWE Anagram Espadrille Sandals

€490.00

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MIU MIU Pantofole Denim Espadrilles

€500.00

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