A LIKE ANKLE SANDAL
Typical of the ankle sandal, as the name suggests, is the ankle-high shaft, which delicately encompasses the ankle and leaves your leg looking breathtakingly long. The sandals look fantastic with 3/4 or 7/8 trousers and are perfect for the office. Brightly painted toe nails create a striking contrast.
B LIKE BRIDAL SHOES
For the perfect wedding, you need the right partner at your side, your dream dress and the right pair of shoes to dance the night away. Whether simple court shoes or extravagantly embellished sandals, bridal shoes are designed to match the wedding dress with high-quality uppers such as satin and are available in shades such as cream or natural white. The custom was for girls to save their pennies to buy their wedding shoes. This taught them to how to be thrifty, so they had more money for their favourite shoes because women, as we all know, can never have enough shoes!
E like Espadrilles
They carry a label that says “made by nature” – espadrilles are made from pure natural fabrics. The upper is usually robust canvas, the sole the knotted plant fibres that give these light-as-a-feather jute shoes their name. In the past, Spanish farmers made their work shoes from a linen cloth and a sole of esparto grass (prairie grass), which is where the word “espadrilles” comes from. Today, the Spanish cult shoe reminds us more of holidays than work. The real straw shoe feeling remains, but lace-up and leather versions with wedge soles or raffia plateaus have turned the beach classic into a real collectors’ item!
F LIKE FLATFORMS
Flatforms are flat shoes such as sneakers, lace-ups or sandals that show of their true greatness by means of a thick platform sole. Fostering a feeling of freedom, they bring the wearer to new heights – no need for high heels here. A great way for non-high heel fans to gain added stature.
G like Ghillie
The high front lacing typical of gladiator sandals is also called “ghillie”. The name refers to a lacing technique in which the laces are laced not through eyelets but through loops. The criss-cross of the long shoe straps creates an artistic zig-zag pattern on the foot.
L LIKE LASER CUTS
Laser cuts or perforations are geometric, oriental or floral patterns that are cut out of the upper material of the shoe by means of a laser beam. The perforated pattern gives the shoe a special sense of airiness, making them the perfect spring companion. Fashionistas can pair the shoes with coloured socks to showcase the perforations to perfection.
M like Mules
Comfortable has never been so sexy. Be it high or flat, any height goes with mules. Even in the 1990s, the character Carrie Bradshaw in the cult series Sex and the City was showing us how sexy heels can be. The term “mule” comes from the French and means “slipper” – the name itself shows just how easy it is to slip into these shoes. On hot summer days in particular, their open toes and heels provide a stylish alternative to sandals or pumps. The usually wide straps over the instep provide comfort and hold.
P like Padding
Upholstered and packed with cotton wool, padding creates fashionable special effects. In this textile technique, familiar from leather jackets, foam is laid between the lining and the leather. The padding is then stitched at regular intervals. Step by step, this creates three-dimensional details that provide an exciting change in perspective in fashion.
P for patchwork
Originally, patches were only used to repair clothes, but now they are a stylish addition to the collections of all the big designers. To get the patchwork look, pieces of fabric in different textures and patterns are artistically combined.
R LIKE RUFFLES
All the rage during the Baroque period, French ruffles are one of the oldest style elements still used in today's world of fashion. They are inset, pleated surpluses of fabric, flowing around the fashion piece in a playful way to lend a feminine, romantic touch.
S LIKE SLIPPERS
Slippers and sandals are skilfully combined to create summer mules. Unlike slippers, mules are a much more glamorous street shoe for the summer, they have a heel and are backless. Mules look great teamed with long or short dresses and skinny jeans. All summer shoes demand well-manicured feet and nails.
S for square toe
Different last shapes are sought-after in different seasons. In autumn, square toes return to the fashion scene. Shoes with a square-toe shape are classic models whose square tips slightly lengthen the foot. Boots and loafers receive a fashionable update with a retro touch!
Z like Zoccoli
“Zoccoli” is an Italian word that means wooden shoe or sandal. Zoccoli are characterised by wooden or hard plastic soles with an upper similar to sandalettes or mules. This is attached to the sole with nails. This summer, zoccoli are leading a hippy comeback with back-to-nature flair thanks to their wooden plateau soles and high heels.