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The miserable weather really put the boot into the first few months of the year. So thank goodness sunshine’s finally stepping back into our lives.


Now the frosty days are behind us, it’s time to put your snow booties and sheepskin numbers into storage, as daintier styles are a shoo-in for spring & summer.


With the return of kitten heels, pointed courts and Alice in Wonder- land-esque low block heels, footwear has gone uber-pretty. Whatever your preferred style, the good news is these are all instant magicians of leg flattery. And the bad news? They all look better minus tights.


Time to brave bare skin and indulge your feet with this season’s fem- inine shoe story.


Minimalist mode


On occasions when you want your outfit to do all the talking, this season’s minimalist sandal is right up your street.


Reminiscent of the Nineties, Rihanna has recently worn little else on her feet in a variety of hues.


We’re talking no embellishment, bells or whistles - just two plain straps, platform-free soles and an elegant straight heel. The effect is instant leg elongation.


While one bar rests along the top of your toes, the other hugs your ankle, so ensure they’re a good fit and book in for a spring pedi as these shoes show off a whole lot of foot.


Pretty prints


If plain shoes aren’t entertaining enough for your feet then prints are guaranteed to get your pulse racing.


Tapping into this season’s catwalk love affair with prints, decorative patterns are splashed over just about every shoe shape.


Print heels are the ideal option if you veer towards neutral or plain outfits and need a statement accessory.


Floral blooms will give an ensemble a pretty touch, animal prints will add a fun element, while abstract arty heels will be cool enough to leave admirers gazing wistfully.


For optimum pattern flaunting, the fussier the print, the simpler the shape of the shoe should be.


Pointy perfection


Clumpy platforms have paved the way for streamlined pointed toes - and the sharper the better. Chiropodists, look away now...


In a simple court shape, these heels have been reproduced all over the high street due to the legion of women who have discovered their incredible leg-lengthening qualities. Even flat versions are on point this season.


The shoe world’s your oyster when it comes to colour. Try versatile neutrals, glossy metallics, bright suedes and punchy prints, but it’s white heels that will leave you standing head and shoulders above the fashion pack.


Banish those Essex Girl connotations and dip your toes into the white shoe craze - the perfect accompaniment to monochrome or bright outfits.


Lucy Choi Cayla contrast court shoes, £185 (www.danielfootwear.com).


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Miista Tara Neptune print heels, £170 (www.miista.com)


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Clarks Smart Deva fuchsia sandals, £44.99 (www.clarks.co.uk)


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