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It's official, the sun is out — and while you might think you’re prepared (i.e. you’ve got some slick SS18 gear at the ready), the truth is, nothing’s complete without sharp footwear to accompany. Whether you’re jet-setting on vacay, hitting up festival season or just straight-up park-traipsing this summer, here are the five styles to get to know…

The sharpest mule

The weather's finally playing ball and there's certainly no shortage of fancy events to busy yourself with. Weddings, birthdays, rooftop parties... So meet the shoes that will be your dreamy plus-ones all summer long. Heeled, backless and with a divine '90s square-toe. Plus, the mint straps and wooden-look block heel are perfect for this time of year, and with the faux snake-print toe-base peeping out? So good.

Sneak easy

And speaking of the ugly-chic shoe: the chunky dad sneaker has shown no signs of retreating any time soon, with its legacy set to continue all the way into SS18. Case in point? These super spongy platform sneaks, with contrast panel detailing in earthy retro shades (mustard, conker and patent nude). Wear with a midi tea dress for a fail-safe street style-inspired look.

Clogged up

Started from the sneakers now we’re here. Yes, there’s just something in the air at the moment that means the ugly-chic shoe is a top priority. Next stop? Clock the clogs. Super comfy and '70s inclined, the wooden platform and minimal leather black strap add an element of Scandi chicness, with the studding incorporating some subtle texture to your ‘fits.

Slingback central

Oh, and if you needed evidence that the '80s influence on your style was still a thing, say hello to these hot-pink slingbacks. With a Dynasty-style pointed toe and party-time satin fabric, these kitten heels are all about the drama. To fold them effortlessly into your existing wardrobe, pair with straight-leg jeans and a white tee for a pop of color.

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Toeing the line

And summer’s obviously not complete without a pair that checks the "all day, every day" box. The solution: these ice-white Teva sandals with basic strap detailing and a spongy base (stamina for those non-stop sunny Sundays, of course). The best part about these beauties? Their minimal look and structure mean that they basically look good paired with anything, and you can afford to go a bit bigger and bolder with your ensemble.