Let’s be honest, it’s been years since scarlet shoes felt fresh. But this season, the made-you-look red shoe is experiencing a fiery resurgence. We spotted a crimson cult on runways in shades varying from deep blood red to vixenish maraschino cherry hues. The legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland’s striking signature, red is a powerful colour that can easily turn garish. The key to getting this look right is to treat the red shoe with nonchalance. Try slipping on a pair with easy, layered ensembles instead of obvious sex-kitten frocks. To pull off red with aplomb, look for footwear styles that feature updated proportions. For example, red boots by Alexander Wang, Tommy Hilfiger and John Galliano have a chunky shape which swings them more grunge than glam. Or wear pointy toe pumps – like those from Isabel Marant, Valentino and Prada – with cuffed cigarette jeans, swing skirts and wool melange socks for a 50’s-inspired look in a flash. And for red-or-dead types, may we suggest bold shoes like those from Marni, Versus and Ann Demeulemeester worn with head-to-toe scarlet separates? Just be prepared to be the queen of style hearts.