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As phase two begins, these are the summer shoes we’ve finally got an excuse to wear

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13th Jun 2020
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After months of longing to wear our ‘good clothes’, the reopening of society this week has us giddy to show off our new summer wardrobe. And we’re starting with every woman’s favourite item: shoes!

Nothing can ever come between a woman and her shoes.

Women and shoes are some of the greatest love stories of all time.

When Cinderella and Prince Charming made it official, what sealed it? A glass slipper.

When Mr Big proposed (officially) to Carrie in Sex and the City, was it done with a ring? No, it was with a pair of royal blue satin pumps.

Shoes are arguably the most important part of a woman’s wardrobe. They can make or break an outfit. They have to power to shorten or elongate a leg. And after months of online shopping and longing to take our new shoes on an outing, the day has finally arrived where we can travel beyond 5km from our houses.

And for all this new travelling we’ll be embarking on (within our county, of course), it is imperative that we have well-made footwear that promises comfort and style.

Made in Italy

NeroGiardini produces footwear that is 100% Italian style with impeccable craftsmanship. The designs are contemporary and modern, but don’t shy away from the classic Italian design aesthetic that prides itself on quality materials and sophisticated design.

It’s all in the details: platform soles elevate a sandal in both height and style by turning a simple strap shoe into something more intriguing. Metallic lining turns a casual sneaker into a glamorous accessory. Chic, stylish and endlessly wearable, this classic collection will work with just about every outfit in your wardrobe.

Here are five of our top picks from the brand’s SS20 collection.

Summer lovin’

Platform runners have been making quite a comeback in recent seasons. Our love affair with 90s nostalgia has us yearning for the days of Spice Girls and Sporty Spice with her high trainers. These leather sneakers are a wonderful way to climb up to the trend without having to go to such dizzying heights. The metallic detailing would look just as good with jeans and a simple white t-shirt as they would with a structured suit.

If there is a dilemma that plagues the mind of women, it’s the summer sandal issue. It’s a difficult search but when you find the perfect pair, the pay-off is worth it. These platform leather sandals prove that comfortable design doesn’t have to sacrifice style. The criss-cross design at the front, along with the low placement of the buckle at the back, will flatter the leg while giving your feet the support they need.

A white sneaker is a wardrobe staple. When we talk of capsule wardrobes and ultimate closet additions, a white trainer will always make the list. This pair from NeroGiardini are finished with lovely points of difference in the form of a gold zip and a subtle croc-print on the side.

For those who prefer a monotone look, these black leather platform sandals are sophistication in shoe form. The touch of yellow adds the tiniest hint of sunshine, while the platform heel provides just enough height. Wear with an on-trend trapeze or midi dress, or with white linen culottes and a matching shirt for a relaxed summer look.

If you are looking for something a little more fun, these blush pink leather trainers will add light and a little joy to an outfit. The perfectly placed bow at the back makes them a little more exciting, and we all need more playfulness in our fashion and in our life. Wear with structured trousers for a clash of ideas.

For all of the above styles, and much more, find your nearest NeroGiardini stockist at  or follow their Instagram page here. 

Read more: 7 summer knitwear pieces to cover up now that the weather’s turned

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