As the nights stretch out and us Brits clamber for our sunglasses at the slightest slither of sunshine, the time has come to freshen up your footwear game. Those sturdy leather boots might have well have seen you through many a damp winter night, but their place is now firmly at the back of your wardrobe. A new season means new discoveries, and this spring offers an array of new shoe styles and exciting new brands that will ensure you are carrying your A-game heading into summer. Without further ado, here is our guide to the five brands you need to add to your footwear collection this spring.
Saucony (pronounced sock-a-knee) has been producing high-quality sports shoes for well over a century, but has recently undergone something of a renaissance. The American manufacturer has gone back to its roots to re-launch several of its iconic silhouettes—including the Jazz 91 and Shadow Original—in vibrant, contemporary new colourways. As the sun begins to make an appearance, spring is the perfect time to embrace colour in your look and Saucony will allow you to do it with a combination of comfort and retro style.
Slovakia’s best kept secret, Novesta has been handcrafting its shoes out of the small town of Partizánske since the 1930s. The latest collection epitomises spring with minimalist designs that bear the hallmark Novesta retro look, giving the sneakers an originality that takes them one notch above other canvas sneaker brands. What’s more, your conscience can relax in the knowledge that Novesta produces all its shoes to the highest ecological and environmental standards.
Spring was announced at AllSole HQ this year with the exciting launch of Loeffler Randall. Classic sandals, low-top and espadrille silhouettes are tailored to the twenty-first century with perforated detailing, scalloped edges and delicate fringing that oozes a contemporary feminine aesthetic. Try a pair of white leather Zora low-top trainers which are versatile enough for most occasions.
Polo Ralph Lauren
Like many of us, it seems that the design team at Polo Ralph Lauren have spent winter yearning for the warmer months. The new season’s collection has benefitted, with a wide selection of breathable canvas low-tops and classic suede moccasins that are a cut above anything else on today’s market. We will be opting for the Bienne II boat shoes on casual occasions but switching over to a pair of suede Carsey Desert boots when in need of a sharper look.
In spite of the brand’s deeply rooted association with sheepskin fur-lined suede boots, the UGG Australia SS16 footwear collection clearly demonstrates that the brand is now a season-round player in the footwear game. Comprising metallic strap sandals, espadrille wedges and classic gladiator sandals, the latest styles seem to suggest UGG have poured their wealth of winter boot expertise to create sturdy, on-trend sandals that will see you safely through spring and summer. Picking a favourite pair is tough, but the Zina gladiator sandals and Jordyne sandals have got this season’s metallic trend down to a tee.