Summer may be creeping up on us but when it comes to classic combinations black and white beats summer brights every time. I recently had a little shoe spree and snapped up some hot new monochrome styles to see me into the new season. From block heels to fancy flats, take a look at my top picks below…

monochrome shoe edit

The Shoes

Far left: These bold ‘Ryskal’ flats by Shellys London, £65, are my new favourites. They are perfect for work but easily carry me into evening too. I love them worn with skinny jeans and an oversized sheer shirt.

Top: Block heels are big news this season, which is great for me because my ankles hurt just thinking about sky-high heels. The white ‘Cloudy Sandal‘ by Esprit, £45, is a bargain buy that works dressed up for summer weddings or down for post-work drinks. I love the double ankle strap design. They also come in black.

Bottom right: The ‘Mocatre’ monochrome heels by Best Mountain are a steal at £35.70, but are actually pretty darn comfy to wear. I love the high backs in striking graphic print – perfect worn with a full midi skirt.

The Inspiration

The Jasper Conran catwalk show for spring/summer 2014 summed up the move-on for monochrome. The bold and arty catwalk design made an instant impact, and the clothes did too. Graphic prints updated the clean and ladylike silhouettes for the season, while those white shoes with ankle straps felt so classy – in stark contrast to the white shoe’s past reputation as something brash and tacky. 
model on the catwalk for jasper conran ss14
Jasper shows how elegant a classic monochrome scheme can be.

jasper conran ss14 catwalk monochrome artwork
The stage was set with this incredible artwork in striking black and white.

jasper conran models backstage ss14 collection
I love the mixed-print outfits as seen above. Wear your monochrome shoes with other graphic black and white prints for the ultimate cool contrast.

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