5 spring summer shoe trends to know for 2022

Sometimes the move out of the cosy Uggs and shearling-lined loafers we’ve been donning across the winter months and back into those lighter spring and summer shoes can feel a little daunting. But, fashion friends, the time has come to familiarise yourself with the key spring summer shoe trends for 2022, and we’re keen to take the sting out of it.

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To get started, so that you’re one step ahead of the game, we’ve picked out five key footwear trends that you’ll be seeing everywhere as the months continue to warm up.

So, put your best foot forward and let’s dig in.

Spring summer shoe trends 2022

Metallic shoes

The metallic trend hasn’t really tailed off since it first came onto the fashion scene, but we’ve perhaps been seeing people draw on this trend more through handbags and jackets. However, for spring/summer 2022, the shiniest of styles is making its way back down to our feet and we are totally here for it.

gold strappy heels

Esska Vegan Charlie Heeled Sandals, £155, Anthropologie

gold chunky heels

Maybell Metallic Heeled Sandal, £110, Jigsaw

silver slip-on trainers

Gili Slip On Trainers, £45, hush

Gladiator sandals

Once a key component of mid-2000s fashion, women’s gladiator sandals have returned in all their strappy, lace-up, not-so-subtle glory. They’re comfy, they hold your feet in place (should you need to run through the airport because you spent too much time in duty-free) and they’re a flattering way to show off your feet, helping create a slender illusion.

cream gladiator sandals
& Other Stories

Chunky Leather Gladiator Sandals, £85, & Other Stories

strappy flat gladiator sandals

Slotted Wedge Gladiator Sandals, £39, Next

black gladiator sandals
John Lewis

Mango Leather Gladiator Sandals, £59.99, John Lewis

Pointed-toe mules

When it comes to spring/summer styling, it doesn’t get much more comfy than a mule. Easy to slip on and off and ensuring that your feet don’t overheat, no matter how busy you are, the humble mule is an easy way of immediately upgrading an outfit with zero effort. And this year? The mule has had a makeover with pointed-toe versions taking over various catwalks at recent fashion weeks. Not only do they help create a flattering shape, they also add an elevated touch and mean that your toes will never get too squashed inside.

velvet bow mules

Lass oversized bow pointed flat mules in green velvet, £18, ASOS

buckle heel mules

Point Toe 2 Part Buckle Mules, £34, Next

black heel mules
& Other Stories

Pointed Kitten Heel Mules, £85, & Other Stories

Rubber sliders

Now bear with us on this one, because rubber sliders might sound like something from a futuristic festival you went to back in the early 2000’s, but they’re actually a wonderful way of bringing poolside comfort to your everyday life. Easy to pop on and more wearable than you’d think, you’ve likely already noticed the shear volume of brands bringing out their own rubber sliders in various shapes, styles and colourways.

yellow sliders

Baum Und Pferdgarten Logo Sliders, £84, Farfetch

mint green sliders

Barbados EVA, £40, Birkenstock

cream sliders

Truffle Collection extra chunky sliders, £14.99, Amazon

Open-toe flatforms

Experts are spying that shoppers are embracing height for spring, with searches for ‘platform’ and ‘flatform’ sandals increasing by 69 per cent over the last six months. Flatforms are a super easy way to get some height into your shoe, without having to balance on your toes all day. Plus, the open-toe trend makes them airy and slightly more formal, making them easily wearable to a wedding or work event.

cream strappy flatform sandals

Strappy Leather Flatform Sandals, £99, COS

flatform sliders
Free People

Harbor Flatform Sandals, £88, Free People

leather flatform sandals
Marks & Spencer

Leather Flatform Sandals, £69, Marks & Spencer