The shoes you need this spring

Head into the warmer weather with a skip in your (well-shod) step

As much as we love a rollneck, there are plus points to spring being here to stay. Number one: the increased outfit opportunities that not having to be swathed in layers of waterproof and/or heavy layers enables. Number two: the new season footwear that these lighter outfits require. From stacked-up loafers to high-tops you can wear with tailoring, these are the shoe trends you need to be wearing this spring. 

Dad trainers that aren’t just for kids

Dad trainers – in other words, bright, colourful and often-chunky sneakers – are still big news this spring. However, this season sees the release of a new grown-up generation of the silhouette thanks to designers and more traditional shoemakers getting in on the act. The result is a range of thick-soled, joyfully bulbous trainers in unexpected (yet more toned-down) colour combinations. 

Loafers get stacked

A side effect of the rise of the Dad trainer is that their trademark chunkiness has now spilled over into what you’ll be wearing to work. This season, sturdy welted soles have notably added to many formal shoe silhouettes, with loafers in particular benefitting from this added elevation. Whether you wear a suit to the office or jeans, slip them on with your nine-to-five gear and stand tall in any tough boardroom situation.

Slides to wear with your suit

Slides are also getting more luxurious this season, by forming a hybrid with sleek leather sandals. This new generation of the summer slip-on is more polished, less poolside – and characterised by smart crossed straps over the lower arch and toe area. Crucially, they’re cut from smart, high-quality and generally dark brown or black leather. Slip on with a slim-cut linen or cotton suit for a seriously unbuttoned yet sleek vibe – just be sure to book in that pedicure

High-tops that work with tailoring

Seen at trend litmus testers like Lanvin and Dior Homme, high-tops have come off the basketball court and entered the workplace – styled-up with relaxed suits, in a continuation of the more casual approach to tailoring that we’ve seen in recent seasons. Look out for neutral colours and soft, supple fabrics (suede, leather and canvas). Treat the below as you would your favourite loafers, and pair with your suit on Casual Friday.