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Byline: Catherine Vonledebur

CLOGS have staged a serious fashion comeback with Alexa Chung a step ahead in her Chanel clogs, and even die-hard stiletto wearer Sarah Jessica Parker spotted wearing a pair.

Throw the chunky boots and thick socks to the back of the shoe cupboard...spring has arrived! Look to the new shapes to fall head over heels in love with.

From boyish brogue flats to towering clog-style platforms and summer ankle boots - with the 'halfway heel' in between - there really is a shoe to suit every sole.

CLOG CAPERS WHATEVER your holiday destination, make you're going Dutc your footwear.

Love them or loathe them, clog are 'the' trend-led shoe of the summer. Alexa Chung has rarely been spotted without her chunky clogs since being snapped in the must-have heels f the March cover o Vogue.

Thank Chanel fo seventies reincarnation of the wooden sole mules - the fashion house sent models clip-clopping down the runway in every style imaginable, including ornate designs embellished with poppies and corsage clusters.

Opt for traditional mule-styles or try slingbacks for added support.

TRY: Office Justa Lotta Love wooden clogs, pounds 60; Next grey stud slingback clogs, pounds 45; F&F at Tesco T Signature studded clogs, pounds 28 and sling-back clogs at Asos and suede clogs at River pounds 59.99 BROGUE BRIGADE IF you're bored of ballet pumps, brogues are this season's alternative if you love stomping around in flats Models lost a inches off their heights on the at Paul Smith, Alberta Ferretti and Michael Kors, swapping the customary six-inch platforms for brogues with barely-there heels.

The boyish brogue has become a firm favourite with celebrities, spotted on the likes of flat converts, Sienna Miller, Agyness Deyn and Emma Watson.

Go for vintage-look black, brown or cream styles, or liven up your look with a vibrant splash of colour.

TRY: Hobbs NW3 Fitzjohn red brogues, pounds 169; Fearne Cotton at Very cream Vienna brogues, pounds 32; Primark metallic brogue jazz pump, pounds 8.

HALFWAY HOUSE VE added height hate the feet over from sky-high he fashion gods have finally answered your prayers...

Stilettos are still around but the new mid-height heel, or 'halfway heel', is giving them a run for their money in the comfort stakes.

Perfect for taking you from day to night, these practical styles have a chunky, cone-shaped heel that will give you that elusive extra few inches without the "ouch" factor.

TRY: Bronx Swell heels, pounds 90; Faith Sissey studded cone heels, pounds 75 (in stores April); New Look cross strap lace-up heels, pounds 12.

PEEP SHOW BOOTIE aficionados need not have a panic attack about giving up their favourite footwear staple now winter's over and out.

Ankle boots have undergone a summ makeover with softer fabrics and peep-toes - a fashionable form of ventilation for when temperatures rise!

Go for spring-like fabrics such as canvas, suede and slouchy leather in neutral hues.

Best worn with bare legs, the peep-toe bootie is ideal for those who hate flashing their feet but don't forget those all-important manicured toenails.

TRY: Russell & Bromley Boho peep toe lace-up boots, pounds 245; ASOS Suede star unch peep toe kle boots, pounds 55, thy Perkins oe buckle ankle .

WEDGE WONDERS WEDGES have been bubbling on the fashion back burner for years but this season they're hot, hot, hot in sandal and bootie styles.

Winning brownie points for their versatility you'll find traditional strappy numbers for high summer, or options with cut-outs or open-toes for transition springtime. Wedges are another means of raisin height without the agon extra leg lengthening po by opting for a platform TRY: Office Wait and Se wedges, pounds 60, La Redout strappy wedges, pounds 25; Mo Pinni stud wedges, pounds 70.


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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