Looking good while remaining comfortable is one of the main reasons that flatter shoes have become a mainstay of women’s fashion in recent years. They look to set to stay, as each year we see the evolution of flats change and adapt to new trends and styles. No longer the domain of dowdy, glam-free girls, flats are not just acceptable but positively embraced by many style-conscious celebrities such as Alexa Chung and Fearne Cotton. For spring 2012 there are a few new adaptations of flat shoes set to rock the season with a combination of comfort and class. From shiny brogues to the luxe loafer, there are various kinds of flats that will be hot this spring.
Brogues Go Brassy
Brogues have been fashionable for a while now, but this season’s brogues have taken a step ahead of the rest by going neon, glitzy, shiny and bright. Brogues, whether plain or colourful, are the thinking girl’s choice this spring. They work well with a bit of masculine tailoring and are a good way to be taken seriously at work. Why not add a touch of something different to your suit or smart outfit with some ultra-chic glitzy brogues?
Loafers are the perfect spring shoes and are here to stay. They are back this spring in a new range of luxe, leopard print and pure chintz. Great for days out, work or even spring evenings, the loafer offers the comfort of sandals or flip flops but is more stylish and much more suitable for a range of occasions. The loafer may have adapted to current trends, but there’s still a distinct nod to its lounge-lizard beginnings. These shoes look great in materials such as suede and with effects such as fringing. Another great meeting of the trends is the animal-print loafer – leopards, zebra or whatever you like. Go for print on print with a pair of plain, skinny trousers and an animal-print top.
This seasons hot colours are the pastels – think mint green, powder blues and yellow. The latest fashion shows have been displaying the loafer and the brogue in these colours. They look great when teamed with a pair of pastel-coloured skinny jeans and a shirt.
If you can’t live without a few extra inches of height, then flatforms are the way forward for you. Flat meets platform in this new style of shoe which can come as sandals, espadrilles or brogues. In fact, any flat style seems to have a flatform friend on the market. Flatforms are comfortable while giving a sense of femininity and they look great with seventies-chic flared trousers or ultra-short skirts. Flats are a great way to ease yourself into summer living and make the transition from winter boot to summer sandal. With such a wide range of flat styles to wear this season, it’s easy to find something for everyone. You can lounge in a loafer or go brassy in brogues. This spring girl power doesn’t need to come in a five-inch heel when you can just flounce in flats.
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