Looking down at your feet in a new pair of shoes is a delight all of its own.
A small one, perhaps, but it's an occasional pleasure to be cherished alongside a beautiful sunrise, the chocolate on top of your morning cappuccino and the unexpected but undeniably hilarious discovery of a courgette that looks like a massive penis among your otherwise unremarkable weekly shop.
Would it be too much to say such ephemeral treasures are part of what makes us human? Perhaps not. After all, referring to someone as "a real Imelda Marcos" is affectionate – a teasing soubriquet for a fashion addict. Because even though she was the wife of a kill-happy dictator who smashed her country like a piggy bank and embezzled the contents overseas, the shoes are what the rest of the world remembers, which says a lot about her – and us. Footnote: let's hope Theresa May isn't planning anything.
Speaking of planning – and shoes – although the weather has been inclement, fashion's early adopters are already putting their best feet forward, shod in spring's latest styles. Should you fancy stepping lively, here are some of the trends to watch.
Clear heels Since Never Scared I can only hear that phrase in Chris Rock's voice, but the stand-up's scourge was huge on the spring/summer runways. I saw clear plastic panels on shoes at Givenchy, Chanel and Michael Kors. And foot condensation pretty much everywhere. This Asos take on the trend is safer.
Metallic Shine your shoes again. This recurrent theme is still hot (in berry tones at Chloé and Burberry and perennial gold and silver elsewhere. The latter looks stunning with denim).
Block heels Low block heels. WWTQMW? (What Would The Queen Mum Wear?) seems to have been the question on the lips of many this season. Those possessed of a coltish Alexa Chungian limb may proceed freely; the rest of us should approach with caution. There was sports-luxe styling at Philip Lim and Nicholas Kirkwood. Expect Reed Krakoff knockoffs on a high street near you soon!
Cage Whether it is "extreme" gladiator straps (yes, again) or laser cut-outs, nary a foot will be free when the weather turns. Topshop's Konnie Cage shoes are a sweet take on this look.
Buckles If the last time you wore these you were listening to Wet Wet Wet, it might be time to buckle up again. This look may be the most wearable of the lot.
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