Buckled, bejewelled, beribboned and more, one thing is clear: summer’s biggest shoe trend is fixated on giving your heels the spotlight. From slides to kitten heels, espadrille soles to flatforms, single or cross-strapped, knotted, pointy-toed or open – footwear emerging from the summer collections are set to bring sexy back.

Bringing sexy back is good, but not if it breaks the bank, so be prepared to sweat a little when you look to the left, but feel a lot inspired (and inspire others!) when you look to the right. Don’t worry, we got your back! 😉

Here’s but a small cross-section of summer’s hottest designer shoes and their inspirational sole mates out there:


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #1: The Cone-Heeled Mule

designer shoes Cone-heeled Mule 1

Left: Mansur Gavriel Heel Slipper Mule, USD422.00

Right: Charles & Keith Pointed Mule, RM179.90


designer shoes Cone-Heeled Mule 2

Left: The Row Coco Suede and Moire Mules, USD929.00

Right: Zara Backless Mules, RM169.90


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #2: The Knotted Slide

designer shoes Knotted Slide

Left: No. 21 Velvet Knotted Slide, USD406

Right: Zara Frilled Slides RM99.00 (on sale at the time of writing)


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #3: The Velvet Slide

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Left: Chloe Knotted Velvet Slides, USD640.00

Right: Zara Wooden Soled Slides, RM99.00 (on sale at the time of writing)


designer shoes Velvet Slide 2

Left: Ancient Greek Taygete Bow-Embellished Sandal, USD197.00

Right: Zara Velvet Bow Slides, RM99.00 (on sale at the time of writing)


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #4: The Collapsible Back

designer shoes Collapsible Back

Left: Acne Studios Amina Collapsible Back Shoes, USD360.00

Right: Zara Moroccan Collapsible Back Slip-ons, RM199.00


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #5: The Asymmetrical Sandal

designer shoes Asymmetrical Sandal

Left: APC Atelier Rosa Cutout Slides, USD156.00

Right: Zalora Asymmetric Sandal RM49.00


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #6: The Embellished Slipper

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Left: Dolce & Gabbana Embellished Embroidered Velvet Slippers, USD906.00

Right: Charles & Keith Textured Flat Sandal, RM179.90


designer shoes Embellished Slipper 2

Left: Michael Kors Edie Embellished Metallic Snake-effect Leather Slippers, USD162.00

Right: Charles & Keith Gold Embellished Slip-ons, RM189.90


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #7: The Flat Slingback

designer shoes Flat Slingback

Left: Paul Andrew Rhea Suede Point Toe Flats, USD486.00

Right: Zara Flat Slingbacks, RM129.90


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #8: The Party Sandal

designer shoes Party Sandal

Left: Sophia Webster Chiara Embroidered Metallic Leather Sandals, USD566.00

Right: Zara Leaf Detail High-Heeled Sandal, RM399.00


Designer Shoes & Sole Mate #9: The Bejewelled Slide/Sandal

designer shoes Bejewelled Slide

Left: Dolce & Gabbana Crystal-embellished Metallic Leather Slides, USD394.00(on sale at the time of writing)

Right: Zara Floral Slides, RM99.00 (on sale at the time of writing)


designer shoes Bejewelled Sandal

Left: Ancient Greek Sandals Clio Faux Pearl-embellished Leather Sandals, USD152.00

Right: Charles & Keith Pearl Detailed Sandal, RM179.90

By Maya Tan Abdullah.


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