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Cool to hot: The SS16 style leaders

January is a month of contrasts. Retailers are slashing prices and you could bag a great deal if you hit the high street, but it’s just so dark and wet outside that you’d rather be on the sofa.

Sometimes, the lure of internet shopping can be too great, even for things like shoes and that Kate Appleby ankle boot with your name on it. It’ll be warming up all too soon, so make sure you’re ready with the hot styles for SS16!

This year, it’s all about edgy, sassy street-style and your shoes making a big statement. The glamour girls of recent years, with their neat blow-dry and elegant clutch bags, are being edged out by attitude from last night’s hair and a boyfriend’s shirt.

Gladiator Ready!

Hang on to your gladiator sandals from last year because they’ll definitely do another turn, but if you didn’t buy in last year or you want an update, add more straps. You can opt for thin straps, thick straps or both if you like, but use lots of them – even up to your knees if you want to make a very bold statement.

Platforms Are In

Shoes for SS16 are all able a twist on a classic, and for many styles, that means adding a platform. We’re not talking about 70s throwbacks, but a very clear inch or two on sandals, trainers, and even boat shoes.

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Think about some combinations that you might never see together. Now dismiss them, because chances are they exist in SS16 collections somewhere. Spicy shades are in, and so are bold mix-and-match combos; think trainers with stiletto heels, animal prints with neon panels, or neon with nude.

For more pointers on what will be big news in the shoe stakes in the coming months, check out the ideas at Fashion Times or Style Blazer and take your steer from there.

There are some great deals to be had online, and sites such as http://www.shoerepublik.ie/ will ship worldwide so you can have your perfect pair delivered to you wherever you are. Take your pick from brands such as Mustang Shoes, Ruby Shoos and Skechers.

Whether you’re a newbie at online shopping or a seasoned pro, try it and treat yourself. That ankle boot is calling you!

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