As the winter months pass by and we start to look forward to better and warmer weather, our thoughts turn to the clothing and footwear we're going to be wearing when we can bear to take off our layers.
For feet that have been encased in winter boots, trainers and slippers for months, it's a positive relief to get into shoes that let the fresh air in. The transition from enclosed footwear to something a little lighter always takes a few weeks to get used to, but it's definitely something that both men and women look forward to as spring and summer approach.
New seasons bring new opportunities for designers and retailers, who compete to offer customers the very best in design, quality and affordability. At a time when most people are budgeting and watching expenditure, it's more important than ever that retailers choose footwear lines that attract customers' attention and persuade them to buy. As consumers, we're always looking for the perfect blend of style, colour, material and price, and when it comes to sandals and casual shoes, we also want a little fantasy and beach-bum style.
That's why classic styles like loafers, boat shoes, moccasins and espadrilles are perennially popular. Available in a range of colours and styles, these simple shoes offer amazing comfort and instantly transport you to warmer days and happier nights. Being able to wriggle your toes and give your feet some air is a great relief after months spent in thick socks and heavy shoes, so when you choose your summer footwear, you want to make sure that you get it right. Fortunately, with quality shoes available at great prices, you can invest in more than one pair of lightweight shoes to make sure your feet get the treat they need.
For girls, sandals, peep-toes, fretwork, mary-janes and other key styles mean that there's plenty of choice when it comes to airy footwear. But design is on the side of the guys too. Increasingly, the styles of summer shoes available for men means that they have a greater choice; from shoe-type sandals with plenty of space for the air to flow around your feet, to lightweight sandals and flip flops that are ideal for the beach.
If you're thinking about freeing your feet and giving them space to breathe, now's the time to check out the latest arrivals for the new season. Not only will you get in there nice and early so that you can be sporting the latest styles as soon as the temperature rises - you'll also be doing your feet a favour.