Whether you’re picking an outfit for a date, a work interview or a special occasion, the right shoes can make the difference between sartorial success and failure. Here’s how to channel footwear fashions for Spring/Summer 2012.

Be square: Dress shoes in recent years have tended to boast pointy or round toes, but if you’re investing in a pair this spring then square is the way to go. The look was first seen at Prada, but it’s gradually made its way to the high street and now everything from laced shoes to loafers are fashionably square-toed. Stay casual by wearing them with chinos or jeans – or dress up the look with a smart suit or mens blazer.

Hit the deck: Deck shoes have been in fashion for several seasons now, thanks to the ‘posh’ trend set by the likes of Kate and Wills and the cast of Made in Chelsea. You don’t have to own a yacht to pull off a pair of deck shoes though – they make great summer casual staples, worn with a pair of shorts and a blazer. Next has a great selection of deck shoes, which, when worn in the right way, will keep you looking and feeling stylish well into autumn.

Multi boat shoe from Next, £28

The thin end of the wedge: Wedges have been a popular women’s style for some time, but this season designers have had the brain-wave of introducing wedges to men’s footwear – great news for blokes looking to add a few inches to their height. Dress down with a rubber wedge heel or, if you’re looking for a dressier way to work the trend, go for a wedge shoe with a wooden heel instead.

These boots are made for walking: Boots might not be the obvious choice for summer year – but if you’re familiar with British weather then you’ll know a boot can often prove to be a better seasonal choice that a pair of flipflops. Ankle boots are on-trend for summer – lace ups, velcros and elastic are all in. Look for ankle-brushing slip on loafer-style boots, which have the advantage of being practical and also eminently stylish.

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