In lockdown, slippers, trainers and flip-flops have been the footwear of choice (or lack of it) – now it's time to glam up again, says Katie Wright
Marks and Spencer Collection Leather Snake Print Slingback Shoes, £16
AT FIRST, we loved not having to decide on a different outfit to wear to work every day during lockdown – it meant one less thing to worry about. But gradually, we started to miss getting dolled up.
With almost everything opening up and summer holidays – even if it's a staycation – are a possibility, it's time to embrace the joy of dressing up once more, and that means one essential item (well, two): high heels.
In keeping with the feeling of renewed optimism after a challenging year so far, this year's all about strappy sandals in pretty pastels and paintbox brights.
The hottest heels are indebted to stylish eras of the past, with 80s slingbacks and 90s mules making a comeback, but with flared heels and sleek lines, there's nothing throwback about these chic shoes.
If you're not quite ready to don sky-high heels yet, don't worry, there are plenty of gorgeous kitten and block-heeled sandals to cater to your desires.
Here are some of our top picks...
:: Dune Marta Ecru Triple Strap Sandals, £30 (were £75)
:: Marks and Spencer Collection Leather Snake Print Slingback Shoes, £16 (were £45)
:: Hobbs Limited Edition Billie Leather Kitten Heel Sandals in Pink, £139
:: Dorothy Perkins Pink Saucy Heeled Sandals, £17 (were £30)
:: Next Blue Strappy Sandals, £32
:: Topshop Nutmeg Yellow Flare Heel Mules, £19.20 (were £32)
:: Wallis Green Slingback Peep Toe Heels, £20 (were £49)