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Marks & Spencer Limited snake flatforms, �29.50 (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).
Marks & Spencer Limited snake flatforms, �29.50 (0845 302 1234/www.marksandspencer.com).
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It’s fair to say the footwear of the year so far has been the wellie.

The humble boot has enjoyed an extended period of wear thanks to Britain’s recent non-stop downpours.

Girlie jelly flatforms, �39 and Dixie straw bag, �35, Head Over Heels (0207 258 3605).

Girlie jelly flatforms, �39 and Dixie straw bag, �35, Head Over Heels (0207 258 3605).

But shoe-aholics should not give up hope of fairer climes – nor should they forgo putting a spring into both their step and their shoe wardrobe.

There are stacks of new styles to get excited about.

From the new ‘flatform’ through to Olympic-inspired styles, shoes are taking fashionable steps into new territory...

Olympic standards

You don’t have to resort to Union Jack novelty footwear to acknowledge the London 2012 Olympics.

Step up to the summer podium with medal-inspired shoes instead.

Bronze, silver and gold are the footwear colours of the season and are versatile enough to go with the majority of your spring/summer wardrobe.

Metallic shoes come in all forms, from towering wedges to flatties.

And you can add extra sparkle to your look with glitter-embellished styles.

Flatform fever

Stand back wedges, there’s a new shoe on the block.

Meet the flatform – a cross between a wedge and a flat where the raised platform is virtually the same height from heel to toe.

Their architecture makes them undoubtedly one of the comfiest styles of the season.

Opt for strappy sandal styles for a variation on traditional flats, or try a closed toe if you’re not a fan of flaunting your feet.

As flatforms are trend-led, keep things interesting with a metallic snakeskin or even a glittery contrast heel. Who said flats had to be boring?

Colour blocker

Brights are big in our wardrobes this year and eye-popping hues have extended to our shoe cupboards.

While brave fashionistas will be stepping out in flashes of neon, primary colours can make just as much of an impact.

Either opt for a single bold shade or try the rainbow approach by clashing colours together on one pair of shoes.

Just ensure you keep the basic shape simple and graphic enough to allow the colour to ‘pop’.

Even heels have undergone a colour blocking makeover, so opt for a chunkier platform to make a statement as you strut.

Ladylike hike

After years of clumping around in chunky soles and statement heels, girly shoes are back with bells (and bows) on.

With their dainty stilettos, pastel shades and metallic toes, Louis Vuitton’s Merry-Go-Round heels have made the ladylike look cool again. Add Kate Middleton to the court shoe equation and it’s a feminine takeover on the shoe shelves.

Look for sleek shapes, pointy toes, slender heels and delicate straps to stay on trend and you can go to town on prints, bows or embellishments to up the girly elements.

Cool runnings

We’re back in 2012 Olympics mode with footwear designed with an athletics aesthetic.

Concealed-wedge trainers are one of fashion’s most sensible inventions, adding height while also being comfortable enough to sprint for the bus.

Keep things fresh, summery and less obviously gym-kit with a pale or pastel pair.

You may not win any medals for speed but you can still do sporty in slinky heels. Look for mesh panels, cut-out details, grip soles or sporty bright shades.

Full bloom

Take inspiration from RHS Chelsea Flower Show and inject some flower power into your summer footwear.

Botanicals have bloomed on to pumps, wedges and sandals. Try dainty digital floral buds or more obvious graphic bold blossoms – the bigger the surface area, such as wedges, the bigger the print impact.

Go full bloom and experiment clashing petal-inspired shoes with floral outfits.

For tactile florals that look good enough to sniff, try the 3D approach. Look for shoes with embellished buds intertwined on straps.