Perfect marriage of comfort and style

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 March, 2011, 12:00am

Summer's sizzling temperatures call for equally hot shoes from the latest brands designed to put a spring in your step.

Renowned for marrying comfort with style, Cole Haan's Air Violet open-toe pumps and Air Delfina back-zip platforms are burnished in smooth nappa leather, evoking the cheerful freshness of spring.

Cole Haan's men's line strikes a distinctive look with the Air Colton collection. Shifting from the prosaic design and colour of the traditional Oxford, these shoes are finished with high-quality leather and concealed Nike Air technology for ultimate comfort, while some are polished with perforated detail on the wing-tip. Choose from nautical blue to natural tones such as jet black and light brown.

The elegant chic of Geox's made in Italy shoes is evident in the latest range featuring men's brogues and oxfords with wing-tips, casual loafers with stitching details and mid-cut boots with a vintage vibe in a cigar brown colour. The ladies shoes are equally stylish with wooden platform wedges and ballet flats featuring perforated leather, and snakeskin loafers.

At NineWest, architectural elements mix with a myriad of shapes, styles and silhouettes. Espadrilles in metallics and sun-drenched colours evoke styles of the 1980s. Crisp white palettes are combined with wood soles, studded leather trim and other natural materials. Floral spring heels and strappy stilettos in bold, crayon pops of colour command attention, while abstract safari prints feature on platform heels to add an accent of sophistication to a backdrop of rich brown tones. And if you are looking for something softer, there are blushy tones showcased in designs of soft lame and chiffon, while details including macrame, bows and touches of sparkle in gold and Champagne create an understated femininity and effortless style.

Zadig and Voltaire's signature unstudied, off-beat style feature rock chic classics such as biker boots. Fresh and urban with a hint of bohemian, feathered boots and unstructured suede ballet pumps dotted with studs evoke hippie elegance. Unexpected combinations and explosive colours using fluorescent fuchsia and turquoise create a confident femininity. Zadig plays with contrast and has fun right down to fluro detailed stitching on Teddy boot heels.

The Zadig men's collection, just like the women's, is based on a modern elegance with attention to detail.

Easy to wear, simple to pair. Sculpt a masculine silhouette by starting from the ground up with chunky black lace-up biker boots.