Best foot for­ward

Deirdre McQuil­lan has 20 stylish sum­mer shoes to wear at work ( and play)

The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION -

When it’s time to dump the opaques and flaunt bare legs in sum­mer, what are the best ways to rock the no sock look at work? Shoe trends this sea­son are free rang­ing and make their own de­mands on our feet from slides and mules to sky high jew­elled heels. Balenciaga put Crocs on the cat­walk, Chanel brought out PVC boots, feath­ers flew at Saint Lau­rent, Gucci reis­sued the loafer while Cé­line stuck to points, a trend that was the most copied on the high street.

Sport­ing high heels sans hosiery means painful blis­ters are of­ten the price to be pay.

Feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body and any­one who has spent a day walk­ing around in leather footwear with­out a sock in sight will know about suf­fer­ing and limp­ing.

* If you’re vac­uum packed into jeans and Nike fly­knits at the week­end, what are the best shoes to wear with bare feet for the 9- 5 job, the best ar­tillery to fight sweat, sores and blis­ters and still look ( and feel) cool?

Se­cret socks that ab­sorb per­spi­ra­tion are one an­swer for closed leather shoes like loafers ( Calze­do­nia do a good range) while tal­cum pow­der dusted on in­soles of mules or slides keeps feet sweat free.

In­vest in a Scholl foot­spray and if liner socks show, some­times trim­ming them can work.

For open or peep toed footwear like sling­backs, a pedi­cure and pol­ish is an ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity and a short dress with nude hosiery makes high heeled pumps or stilet­tos eas­ier to wear.

Es­padrilles, flat or high, no mat­ter how com­fort­able, don’t suit wet sum­mer streets and are best left to the sea­side – wedges make legs look heavy any­way and sneak­ers don’t al­ways suit se­ri­ous busi­ness meet­ings.

Here’s our edit of some 20 shoe styles at var­i­ous prices and heights – some more elab­o­rate than oth­ers, some sim­ple, oth­ers more colour­ful and play­ful.

The plainer the dress, the more fear­less and flam­boy­ant you can be with shoes and vice versa, when step­ping out in sum­mer.

Foster from Buf­falo We Are Shoe Lab, ¤ 120

Mi­ista Hope Dawn check coloured mid heel san­dals, mi­ista. com, ¤ 225

Leop­ard mule, LK Bennett, ¤ 270

Court shoe, River Is­land, ¤ 48

Ever­green leather mid heel mules, Mi­ista, mi­ista. com, ¤ 225

CHEL: Fuschia/ azul block san­dals, Buf­falo Shoe Lab, Ex­che­quer Street, Dublin and wear­eshoe­lab. com, ¤ 105

Aya - flouncy colour­ful san­dals by Kat Ma­conie, far­fetch. com £ 343 (¤ 392)

Pia corn­flower blue leather mid heel Mi­ista, Atrium, Pow­er­scourt Cen­tre, Dublin, ¤ 159

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