As the temperature climbs and summer outfits are flaunted, there is nothing that sets your 2014 ensembles off better than a pair of lace up shoes. You are spoilt for choice this season, and styles range from the highest of stilettos to the stylish comfort of flats. Lace ups can be worn with all kinds of outfits, making them the ultimate choice in versatility. Black is ever popular, as it matches so many different colour palettes, but there is also a fabulous range of colours and patterns to be had.
For elegant simplicity, look no further than a plain black design that leaves your foot almost bare, but then criss-crosses the ankle with ribbon ties. Also delightfully uncluttered are a pair of nude lace up sandals that show off your pretty toes, with a small heel cradle and multitude of looped lacings, set on a sophisticated stiletto heel. Or perhaps choose a gorgeous black pair featuring a wider toe bar and outer band, topped with delicate criss-cross bands which also wrap around your ankle. These lace up sandals look stunning worn with a mini skirt or shorts, emphasising your suntanned legs to perfection.
But there are also designs with more pizazz. Why not opt for a pair that not only have delightful lacings, but also feature filigree punched panels to add even more zing? A black pair in suedette, fitted with a simple front lacing, show restrained elegance. Or for more impact, you could choose a design created with scalloped edging, filigree punched edging and front lacing – available in black or nude to match your outfit beautifully. And to make a real statement, select a breathtaking design with zig-zag punched decoration, peep-toes, and front lacings that extend to mid-calf.
Of course, your lace ups can also be used to add a splash of colour to your summer ensemble. Make your feet the focus of attention by choosing neutral tones for your clothing, and vibrant colours for your shoes. A striking mid-blue pair in shiny satin, with peep toes and little button detailing, are the ideal contrast to a white culottes suit or shorts, whilst a scarlet pair with tall stilettos makes a vibrant contrast to any black outfit. A pair in silver or gold can match a host of colour themes, and for a true stand-out effect, choose a pair in snakeskin or animal print for ultimate impact.
The featured photo is of Janni Deler wearing a white falbala dress from Choies, bag from Celine and lace up shoes from BubbleRoom
Aimee Song is wearing sunglasses from Oliver’s People, shirt and skirt by BCBG, snakeskin lace up heels from Aquazzura and a bag from Benedetta Bruzziches
Wendy Nguyen is wearing a jacket from Banana Republic, top and lace up shoes from Marissa Webb, short skirt from Line & Dot, bag from Valentino and sunglasses from Karen Walker
Margaret Zhang is wearing a pinstripe blazer from Tibi, shirt from Dion Lee, wool skirt from Jil Sander, bag from Elizabeth and James, sunglasses from Illesteva Claire and white lace up shoes from Mode Collective
Katarina Vidic is wearing jeans from New look, shirt from H&M, jacket and bag from Zara and the lace up heels are from Boohoo
Ellen Claesson is wearing a light grey cashmere V-neck jumper from Davida, grey lace up shoes and black trousers from Zara
Kenza Zoutien is wearing a grey crop top, denim shorts, grid short and lace up shoes
Katarzyna Tusk is wearing a jacket from Only, white denim shorts from American Eagle, T-shirt ans shoes from Zara and sunglasses from Abercrombie
Kenza Zouiten is wearing a black crop top from Chicy, printed skirt from H&M, bag from Yves Saint Laurent, sunglasses from Prada and the lace up shoes are from Zara
Margaret Zhang is wearing a dress from Alice McCall, and the shoes are from Smith Gillie
Natasha Ndlovu is wearing a white crochet jumpsuit from MissGuided and blue lace up shoes
Annabelle Fleur is wearing leather shorts from One Teaspoon, lace up ankle wrap sandals from Aquazzura, disco bag from Gucci