The summer sun is almost here and it is always packed full of fun events that will have you searching for the perfect outfit.
As we start to look forward to lighter evenings, warmer weather and a sunnier outlook, Spring heralds the start of event season. From weddings to race days, garden parties to Summer barbecues, it’s the perfect excuse to up the glam stakes with beautiful occasion wear and some fancy footwear.
Your shoes play a big part in creating your whole ensemble and you want something that complements your outfit but not at the expense of your comfort. More often than not, events like these involve you being on your feet for prolonged periods; standing, mingling with friends or showing off your best moves on the dance floor!
If you wince at the thought of wearing heels all day, fear not! Nothing should spoil your day, especially the pain of uncomfortable shoes that pinch, rub or generally make your feet ache. Feel as comfy in heels as you would in flats with this pick of our favourite formals.
In an array of beautiful colours, including delicate pastels, shimmering iridescent and bold Blood Orange, Donna is the perfect choice for a Spring soiree.
In Soft Suede or leather, the chic vintage profile has a feminine almond-shaped toe and deceptively roomy toe box as well as a flattering v-cut bow design and pretty brogue detailing on selected colours.
The low stacked leather or covered heel offers that coveted bit of height as well as a wide base which provides extra stability. The rubber sole is decorated with a pretty floral motif that also acts as a grippy surface, to add a bit of extra security when walking.
On the inside, the soft leather insole is cushioned to ease the pressure on the soles of your feet or can be removed to fit your own insole if you prefer. Donna also comes in Extra Wide fit in three gorgeous shades.
The Classic T-bar
If you’re looking for timeless style that’s versatile enough to transcend occasions, you can’t go wrong with Viviene. Perfect for dressing up with an elegant evening dress, it’s also a great go-to work shoe for the office with trousers or a skirt.
The chic feminine uppers are embellished with a pretty scalloped edging, utilising a combination of patent, leather and suede to create a beautiful textured effect which extends to the strap. A stunning range of colours offers a comprehensive selection; from classic Black or Navy, to stand-out Blood Orange or glittering Mauve Metallic. There’s even a spectator-style Soft Beige and Navy option – perfect for a day at the races (and in Extra Wide too)!
In comfort terms, it’s got the lot. The delicate ankle strap features an adjustable buckle fastening with a discreet elastic detail for that extra bit of flexibility, the removable cushioned insole protects the soles of your feet, and the covered block heel gives a solid base to carry you securely through your day.
A real gem in our collection of occasion shoes is the stunning little Betsy. This gorgeous sandal works with both formal and casual looks and is sure to attract oodles of compliments and admiring glances.
Featuring an adjustable slingback strap (again with the discreet elastic detail for added flex) and peep toe design, it’s a lot more open than the styles above, so lends itself perfectly to outdoor events like high Summer weddings, garden parties or barbecues. The cute little 1 ½ inch rope-covered wedge heel just gives that extra height while essentially being a flat shoe, so if you’re not quite ready to commit to heels, this is the perfect shoelution!
The floral decoration is a lovely finishing touch as is the leaf-inspired punch detail on the leather and suede uppers. Alongside this luscious Boysenberry Floral design are two bright block colours to choose from as well as a Soft Beige neutral, with Extra Wide fit available on selected colours.
Cathy O’Connor, a renowned stylist from Ireland, has created a video to inspire you.
For more style inspiration, take a look at our specially curated selection of shoes and bags for formal occasions