The barbecues have been out and the shorts on, and we’ve been having a heatwave – after what seemed like the longest winter in history – so hopefully summer’s finally on its way.

That’s the perfect excuse for a wardrobe update and there’s no better, or easier, place to start than at the bottom … with shoes!

Flats always come into their own in summer, whether it’s sandals, loafers or trainers, but just because you’ve given up heels doesn’t mean glamour has to go too.

This season’s all about embellishment, giving even the simplest sandal a versatile day to night, beach to beach club look for holidays and dressed up comfort for shopping or a lunch out at home.

Fun fabrics and bright shades give an instant lift to any outfit, day or night time, and studs and jewels make designs stand out from the crowd.

Sliders are having a second summer in the spotlight and that’s no big surprise, they’re so comfortable to just slip on but they look gorgeous as well.

New Look’s tassel gem strap sliders combine two trends in one – tassels and sliders – and they’re available in pink and black so they’ll go with almost everything. Better still, they’re now on offer, reduced from £22.99 to £16.09 so you may as well get both!

Give sliders a rock chick edge with added studs. Rebellious has black leather studded sliders – available in other colours too – for £15, or two for £25.

Gladiator sandals are another trend that just keeps on coming summer after summer, but if you’ve already got a pair and want an update then why not go for studs? Kiss has pink studded gladiator sandals, which also come in a variety of other colours, RRP £15 or pick up a bargain and get well prepared for summer by buying two for £25.

For a really easy-to-wear look, we love an embellished sandal – flat so they won’t hurt after five minutes but with enough bling to make them feel dressy. Shoo Shoo’s embellished tan sandals are only £10 and will go perfectly with a maxi dress or shorts.

And if you fancy a bit of added height without a heel, go for one of Vogue’s favourite ageless summer staples … flatforms, great with jeans or for a cool contrast with a silky slip dress. BU has black suede flatform sandals – also in other colours – for just £25.

There’s so much choice in shoes this season … now we just need a few more months of that heatwave!