Gold has replaced black, tan, leopard print and any number of other "new black" candidates this season - at least where footwear is concerned. Worn on flat, everyday footwear, it's easy to see how the all-purpose metallic has become such a popular choice:

Trend Watch: flat gold shoesFrom top left, clockwise:

'Yam' lace-up by Stephane Verdino, £110 at Sarenza
Charles Philip smoking flats, £129 at Farfetch
Marsell rose gold flat brogue, £465 at Farfetch
(Centre) KG by Kurt Geiger 'Lucca' plimsolls £85 at John Lewis
Doc Marten 1460 boot in gold, £110 at Doctor Marten

The real beauty of this look is its ease-to-effectiveness ratio: you can match it with almost anything in your summer wardrobe, but the effect will always suggest you've made an almighty effort to look glam - such are the sun-seeking properties of GOLD! All of these looks have been admirably replicated on the high street, so if you don't want to blow too much of your own gold in the process, run a quick search for flat gold shoes on your favourite shopping search engine, and you'll soon be ready to shine.