Posted: February 8, 2016 6:11am

I am a shoe and coat person, and this time of year I become obsessed about the latest wedges, flatforms and sandals inundating our inbox.

In the second of the series, I am delighted to share with you what the fashion insiders have their eye on this spring and summer.

One of London’s leading Fashionistas, Hannah Stafford Taylor, kindly let us look inside her shoe collection and shared with us top tips for spring 2016.

Also she is helping us to decide where it is worth spending, and where we should save.

The Spring Shoe Guide


Lets start with the Chanel slingback; I know it is everywhere but that is for a reason. They just the most exquisite shoe and the midi heel makes them super flattering, not to mention comfortable.  They are near on impossible to get your hands on.

I have featured where you can track down a pair before on an older post. If you want a look alike checkout this pair from Romwe, they are thirteen pounds and so similar to the Chanel slingback.  I adore this navy pair from LK Bennett, which are a great height and I love the finish. As always, Topshop have brought out their own take on the sling back, which has a real feel of Miu Miu.

Don’t forget to checkout ebay too!

Chanel Slingback

Another tip I picked up was to invest in a pair of python heels, as they go with everything. Hannah found hers at Bicester, and I will be heading there after half term to track down my own pair. They are more uplifting than black and look fabulous in winter or summer – this is a heel to invest in. Hannah’s are from Gucci.

Gucci Heels the Perfect Python Shoe

Python Shoe

As I still have not found the perfect pair, this twenty five pound pair from ASOS would be a great stop gap.

Python heels

Moving onto spring and summer, nothing beats a great wedge. I normally am not a fan of the wedge but these Valentino’s changed my mind.

I love the neutral hue and the ankle strap adds an edge. These are the one heel you would need on holiday – they go with shorts, skirts and dresses.

These sandals sell out quickly, so if you are thinking of investing you need to do it now. I saw a beautiful gold version at Matches.

There are so many  preloved options on Vestiaire Collective.

Zalando is a fantastic site to track down great quality shoes such as wedges.


Valentino Wedge Sandal

Valentino Wedge

Valentino Wedge

These Elina Linardaki  sandals have a cult following, and I wasn’t sure about joining the crowd. But they are popular for a reason; the finish is so beautiful, they are like a work of art. They are available online.2016-01-20 18.58.30

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I love the Hula Sandal; it’s a bit simpler and easier to wear day to day.

Hula_Hoop_3 Elina Linardaki

Hannah has had these Tom Ford sandals for years and they are as relevant today as they were when she bought them. I found this Barbara Bui pair which are very similar. Vestaire Collective really is the best place to hunt down well priced designer shoes.

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Investment Shoes

From visiting Hannah, I have learned to really think about what I need, and what I will get the most wear out of. For me it is a great pair of python heels and a comfortable heeled sandal that I can wear on the cobblestones when I go away .

So the trends I see are for platform heels, mules  and flatforms. These are not easy shoes to wear so I would recommend looking at high street versions before you invest.

I am super tempted by these platforms  and Flatforms, but 2016 is a year for investment pieces so I am going to try and hold off, and save for the Chanel flats and a great pair of python sandals.

Thank you Hannah, and next week we will be sharing all the best places to pick up those fabulous floaty summer dresses.





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