The spring/summer catwalk shows were rife with eco-centric eyes on the industry’s waste and sustainability issues. Prada highlighted the current culture of disposability while Gucci announced it was going carbon neutral.

There’s no doubting that there’s still a long way to go, but this season’s shoe trends represent this shift in perspective. Think a return of classic, well-made, wear-with-everything shoe that will see you through from the first day of spring to the final days of summer, year after year.

When it comes to choosing new shoes, go for a pair that will update your favourite dress from last season (if you bought the Zara polka dot dress, you’ll be pleased to hear it’s still on point this spring/summer).

The question is, what will you opt for in the battle of the sandals? Will you go for Nineties thong, or goddess gladiator, alternatively off-piste with a bejazzled chunky flatform?

If sandals aren’t your thing, opt for a fair weather take on loafers or a chic white trainer. Whatever your preference, from timeless classics to summer appropriate sandals, there’s a host of great shoes on offer to reinvigorate your perennial spring staples.

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The verdict: Women’s shoes for spring

The delicate design and sophisticated look of the St Agni olive sandals make them a standout for spring/summer. Embodying the care-free Byron Bay lifestyle, the interlocking leather straps are refined and effortless. If you’re looking for something more practical, the Russell & Bromley loafer mules are a failsafe option.

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