For months now you have been hiding your feet beneath heavy socks and durable boots. But it’s spring now, which means it’s time to take off the socks, put away the boots, (get a pedicure) and show of your toes! Some of your sandals from last year will no doubt still be appropriate, as long as they remain in good condition. And if they aren’t in wearable condition or if you are just looking to update your sandal collection, here are some new trends you’ll want to try this spring. Take a look at these designer styles, and their more affordable alternatives!
Who says heels can’t be casual? Here are the benefits of the block heel trend; it works for day or night, your heel won’t get stuck in sidewalk grates, it is super comfortable and it is still just as sexy as a stiletto but with a rugged twist. A block heel sandal looks great with shorts, summer dresses and even a pair of cotton trousers. It’s a truly versatile shoe that will give you a lot of wear this spring and summer.
Get the look from Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection (left) with Zara’s Wooden Sandal in Red (right), $129. Available at Zara.
Platform wedges are back this year in a big way! They are higher than ever and come in many different shapes and styles. A new take on this trend right now is the flatform; an equally high, but less angled platform shoe. Prada has been a pioneer in this trend, and many other designers have followed. These shoes might be slightly reminiscent of the Spice Girls, but when Prada and Derek Lam say it’s O.K., do not question it.
Get the look from Derek Lam’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection (left) with Urban Outfitters’ Ecote Macrame Platform Wedge in Cognac (right), $59. Available at Urban Outfitters.
Lace and woven shirts with lots of holes have been a hit in fashion this year, but the trend doesn’t stop there. Woven shoe designs are all the rage, and really what’s not to love? The detail on them is intricate and stunning, with all those holes they breath really well, and they just look unbelievably cool.
Get the look from Proenza Schouler’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection (left) with Topshop’s Whirl Woven Espradrilles in Blue (right), $140. Available at topshop.com.
Clogs made a comeback last summer with jaw-dropping designs, many inspired by designers like Miu Miu. But clogs aren’t ready to say their goodbyes just yet; if you look at many of the Spring/Summer 2011 collections it’s evident that clogs are back for at least another few seasons. Some are high, some are low, some are strappy and some are covered toe. Any of them would make a lovely addition to your shoe closet this season.
Get the look from Marni’s Spring/Summer 2011 Collection (left) with Anthropologie’s Twist & Tie Clogs in White (right), $188. Available at Anthropologie.
This one is for all you tall ladies who love the look of stiletto heels but not the height. In previous seasons you might not have dared to wear a kitten heel, because it just seemed like the lame younger sister of the stiletto. But this season, kitten heels are the trend. There are plenty to choose from so take your pick and rock this trend while it’s still hot!
Get the look from Missoni’s Spring/Summer 2010 Collection (left) with Nine West’s Axon Ships 5/25 Sandal in White (right), $79. Available at Nine West.