The bold and the beautiful

Avon Halo Set Square Diamond Earrings. Photo: PA Photo/Handout
Avon Halo Set Square Diamond Earrings. Photo: PA Photo/Handout

Somewhat ironically, when you look at SS16 as a whole, individuality is what ties together the catwalk collections.

Designers have gone more avant-garde than we’ve seen in some years - and that means footwear too, with hefty heels and even wellies striding down the runways.

But there’s a softer side to the season too, with pretty, ladylike shapes and more than a hint of shimmer around. In short, there’s a style for you - it just depends how bold you want to go.

Take your pick from spring’s most on-trend shoes...

FRINGE BENEFITS

Last year, the white-soled skater shoe took over from the ballet pump as the fashionista’s flat of choice, and now the next generation of slip-ons is here.

It’s all about skater-brogue hybrids, with monk straps and tassels giving the street shoe a preppy edge.

Dune Ervyn Flats, £79 (in store February; www.dunelondon.com)

New Look Cream Snakeskin Print Tassel Slip On Plimsolls, £17.99 (www.newlook.com)

MARY JANE 2.0

Another major trend last year saw the Mary Jane back in the spotlight, and she’s not going anywhere this season.

But she has diversified - the latest MJ incarnations run from delicate thin-strapped slingbacks to glittery high heels (inspired by the Miu Miu catwalk), with retro buckles and coloured piping offsetting a mostly neutral palette.

If you can’t wait to embrace the ‘geeky chic’ vibe, MJs are a must.

Camel Textured Jacket, £65; Utility Shirt, £36; Textured Slim Trousers, £38; Two Strap Slingbacks, £28; Twist Lock Clutch Bag, £22, all Next (www.next.co.uk)

Topshop Jinx Pale Pink Mary Janes, £49 (in store April; www.topshop.com)

Next Satin And Glitter Mary Janes, £35 (www.next.co.uk)

GHILLIE UP

For spring, the ‘ghillie’ flat (pointed-toe lace-ups inspired by Scottish dance shoes) is going up a notch, with vertiginous heels taking this daywear favourite far into the night.

A chunky-heeled sandal will take you through to summer, while a peep-toe stiletto bootie works well now, especially if styled with sparkly ankle socks in a contrasting colour.

Office Parisian Lace High Heel Sandals in Berry Kid Suede, £75 (www.office.co.uk)

Miss Selfridge Ghillie Sandals, £45 (in store February; www.missselfridge.com)

SILVER METTLE

What would happen if fashion’s most famous houses collaborated with NASA? We got an idea at the Chanel and Loewe shows, where models were transformed into silver-clad space cadets.

And now that astronautical vibe has reached the high street, with everything from tomboyish flats to disco heels getting the high-shine treatment.

Less flashy than gold, this metallic is an easy match for pale pinks and neutrals.

Faith Silver Open Toe Strap Heel, £35 (in store February; www.debenhams.com)

Sole Diva Skater Pumps, £28 (SimplyBe.co.uk)

BOLD SOLES

This season, fashion favours the brave, as mammoth block heels and architectural shapes come to the fore, inspired by Bally’s larger-than-life crocodile heels.

Man-repelling? Maybe. But anyone worth their sartorial salt will be envious of your fantastical footwear, and you’ll feel like you can take on the world.

Dune Octavia Heels, £159 (in store January 25; www.dunelondon.com)

Topshop Gale White Mary Janes, £69 (in store February; www.topshop.com)

GIVE IT SOME WELLY

Now here’s a rare thing: an of-the-moment trend that doesn’t require any shopping at all.

If you’re already in possession of a pair of black wellington boots then you’ll be perfectly in step with spring’s Saint Laurent girl - as long as you pair them with a tiara, tiny slip dress, fur jacket and no tights, that is.

‘Kate Moss at Glastonbury’ is the brief from man-at-the-helm Hedi Slimane, so dig out those rubber boots and give it some welly.

Butterfly Twists Carlisle Fashion Wellies, £60 (www.butterflytwists.com)

STYLE STEAL

Real diamonds for just £25? It’s true - Avon’s bargain baubles are back, and with more stock than last year, when they sold out in just 10 days. Get the Halo set square diamond pendant, £25, or earrings, £30, from your nearest rep now (www.avon.uk.com).