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Best Designer Shoes | SS17

Spring is such changeable time of the year, particularly in London. One minute it can be quite warm, and the next minute we can have sleet, hail and chilly temperatures...

Although I love fashion and getting on-board with certain key trends, I hate being wasteful. I generally try and avoid spending sums of money on styles that I can’t see lasting. The same goes for the footwear I buy.

So when I boxed-up the winter boots until next year, and took from the wardrobe the spring shoes from last – it was a real pleasure to see quality shoes that I still loved and were still being featured in fashion publications a year later.

Regardless of the season, I think it’s important to have a boot, a trainer, a heel and an evening shoe to go-to. So here are my spring picks:

Nude Heel

An absolute essential for spring summer, as a replacement for the black heels you may wear in the winter months. A nude court shoe goes with pretty much everything and is versatile for day and night. Opt for patent nude if you want more of a dressed-up look, or non-patent or suede if you want something softer.

I really like these nude pumps from Christian Louboutin, featuring a 100mm heel, they are very wearable and actually pretty comfortable!

Wear them with jeans and a shirt in the day, or with a dress if you are going to a wedding, the races or an evening out.

Christian Louboutin Bow Me Dear - Nude PumpsChristian Louboutin SS17 Pumps - Bow Me Dear Nude

Statement Shoe

Whatever the time of year, I like to have something a bit different that I can wear if the mood (or a particular occasion) calls for it. You can be as ambitious as you like with this, but I personally like shoes that incorporate fun colours and textures. I should also say that I am the type of person that absolutely will wear a fancy shoe out in the day if I feel like it!

I love these Manolo Blahnik 'Hangisi' pumps. It's said that Manolo's are the most comfortable heel out there, and I have to agree. Though the heel is 11cm, it really doesn't feel like it when you are wearing them, the soft leather-lined inner also helps with the comfort factor. They are also a long-term classic, so no fear of these being a waste of money this time next year.

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Fuschia and Pearl Pumps Review

Block Heel

Practical for the warmer months, a block heel is a must. Festivals, weddings, the races - all of those summer events that take place on grass, if you're a heel wearer, a block heel will have your back.

My reason for featuring these Gucci Marmont Pumps specifically is that they are a great example of a shoe that is coming-up to 1 year old, yet they are still in great condition AND they are still on-trend.

Unlike the classic Manolo mentioned above, the Marmont Pump was launched in 2016 and I was concerned about it's longevity. But I'm pleased to see that one year on, they are still going strong.

They come in two heel heights, these being the higher heel. I should warn you that the higher heel is very high, and personally, I struggle to wear these if I'm walking a lot. But they are great quality, versatile and perfect for parties or events where you might be on your feet, but not necessarily walking miles!

Gucci Marmont Heels Review

Statement Ankle Boot

I know, I know - 'It's spring, why do you need boots?!' Good question!

In the UK, spring doesn't always mean the weather is fine - pretty often it can be intermittently cold, and so an ankle boot isn't out of the question. Of course, there are peep-toe options specifically designed for warmer months that you could consider, but the dreamy butterflies on the back of these Sophia Webster boots make me think of spring evenings!

I cannot rave about these boots enough; they are supremely comfortable, reasonably priced (in the world of designer boots that is), well made and eye-catching.

The only negative I can say is that you cannot drive in these, at all. Trust me, I've tried!

Sophia Webster Chiara Butterfly Boot Review

Off-Duty Ankle Boot

These are what I'm wearing most days at current. Surprisingly cool with a not-so-high heel, these All Saints ankle boots look particularly casual-chic when worn with a cropped jean.

All Saints SENTA Grey Low Heel Ankle Boots

Stylish Trainers

I do love that effortless look I see some women wearing so well - it's the cropped boyfriend jeans with a loose knit jumper and a pair of crisp white Converse. I LOVE that look, but I just cannot get on with Converse - I feel like I'm about to take a P.E lesson at school when I wear them.

As such, trainers have always been more my thing, and I feel that a trainer with a thin sole is a good winner for a relaxed fashion look, as opposed to looking like you may be going to the gym. Nike Thea has been my favourite shoe since 2015, I have them in many colours, but when I saw them available in this beautiful nude shade, I had to have them. Perfect for spring summer, particularly if you also prefer to wear trainers like me, and often struggle to find a pair that look fashion-smart.

Nike Thea in the colour OATMEAL reviewNike Thea SS17 trainer sneaker in the colour OATMEAL

Slingbacks

Last year it was the Chanel slingbacks that were the thing to be seen in, this year I have a hunch it could be these! From the new collection at Dior from Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the J'ADIOR slingbacks come in two heel heights - a kitten heel and these, the slightly higher option. Available in a small range of colours, from navy to nude, white and grey.

The heel height on these appealed to me, as they are a height that (for me) is wearable in the day. They are also available without the J'ADIOR fabric slingback, instead with a plain leather strap in the colour of the shoe.

J'ADIOR SLINGBACK STILETTO HEELS REVIEW

 

What are your thoughts on my picks? Are there any that you like, or really don't like?

Are there any shoes that you particularly love that you think should be added here?

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6 Comments

  • 17 May 2017
  • Esther

I am in love with the Sophia Webster booties.
And I am still thinking of getting the Manolo Blahnik Hangisi -since everybody is telling me they are just so comfortable.
Love, Esther
https://lifestyle-tale.com

  • 27 Apr 2017
  • Jaz

I love the Sophia Webster boots, I have been after a pair of her heels for ages and find it really hard to choose. You have a great selection, I love the Gucci pumps and the colour pop of the Manolo's. Manolos still remind me of Carrie Bradshaw and I love the bright pink colour.
Jaz xoxo
http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

Sophie Shohet

Thank you Jaz! Sophia Webster are my faves for sure! xx

  • 11 Apr 2017
  • Shayesta

Love your picks and would love to add a pair of Sophia Webster shoes someday! Was thinking of getting a pair of the Dior slingbacks but I get the feeling they are going to look off trend in the future.

@casuallydisheveled

Sophie Shohet

Hey Shayesta, You will love Sophia Webster! So comfortable too!

If you are liking the Dior slingbacks but concerned about longevity - check them out in the all-leather version (without the J'Adior on the slingback). They are a more classic option and I agree that these are certainly more of a trend piece xx

  • 10 Apr 2017
  • Lucy Wright.

Hi Sophie!
Its your chummy, Lucy here!!!!
Love this post as always, keep up with the amazing work, love you lots!!
Love
Luce xx
@lucymae128

Sophie Shohet

I love you so much Lucy! Thank you always for supporting me, I am so, so appreciative! xxxx

  • 09 Apr 2017
  • Taihmina

Hi Sophie, you are honestly the first youtuber I have found who is not only straight to the point but very intelligent and smart without being vain at all. You like luxury and are straight forward about it, you never hide it or beat around the bush where I feel like rolling my eyes to the ceiling. At the same time you never pretend to be a millionaire with airs ( but most probably you might be at rate you work hard!). Good for u! Love your videos and love the freshness and honesty you bring to youtube.

Sophie Shohet

Ahhhh, Taihmina thank you for such a sweet comment!

I appreciate this so much, mainly because I am just a normal woman and I really want to share with those of you who watch that you can have what you want in life. That might not be luxe items of course, it could be anything - but the motto remains the same :)

Thank you again! xxx

  • 08 Apr 2017
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

I absolutely adore all your shoes ... such class and styles. Sometimes it's not about how expensive or inexpensive it is but even the most inexpensive pair such as the Nike stills looks gorgeous. It's really all in the unique classy taste of the individual, either you have it or you don't . . . And Mademoiselle Sophie, you certainly have it! :)

Love the beautiful collection of shoes!

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Sophie Shohet

You are lovely Mia! Thank you, and too for reading! xx

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