Did you know that today, March 20, is officially the first day of spring? To celebrate the end of dreary ol’ winter and usher in a bright new season, I thought it would be appropriate to talk spring shoes trends today. I’m not one to follow every trend to a T, but I certainly find it fun to keep up with and I take it into consideration when making my own shoe purchases. I’ve been keeping my eyes out for the latest in shoes this season and, I have to say, there are many different accounts of what’s hot right now. But, there are a few that stand out as being generally agreed upon and a few that I would consider shoe subtrends – i.e. those smaller, fringe trends that provide plenty of variety and help round things out. So, without further adieu, here’s a rundown of the spring trends I’ve found and my favorite examples of the shoes that incorporate them:
Neutral shoes were big last year and they are back again this year – and for good reason. Neutral shoes go with virtually everything – including those little pastel sundresses that so don’t work with our dear friend black. Even though metallic sandals provide a similar level of versatility, neutral shoes have a nice bare leg effect when you pick a pair that is similar to your own skin tone. Some even say it has a slimming effect, which certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Go for a classic silhouette you’ll wear again and again with the Nine West Escher taupe peep-toe pump. Endless has it for $78.95 with free overnight shipping.
Go for a little more drama in the design with the Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike, available at Shoes.com for $80 with free shipping. Get 20% off with coupon code MSAVE at checkout, making them $64.
This is one trend I’m personally loving. Shoes that incorporate details like ruffles, flowers, bows and lace bring out your girly side and just make you feel pretty. You can’t go wrong with that.
Combine the neutral trend with feminine flowers in the Kelsi Dagger Belize, which is available at Piperlime for $135 with free shipping. Can I say just how much I love this pair? Yes, this is true shoe love for me.
Go for girly-with-edge in the ruffled Jeffrey Campbell Quarry with the infamous unicorn heel. These are available at LuLu’s for $139. I love these with the lace tights.
The ruffled and zippered Dollhouse Kirna is super-lovely and nicely affordable too. Get the best price at Shoes.com, where they are available in black or fuschia for $50. They drop to $40 when coupon code MSAVE is applied at checkout. Endless has them in more color options – green, black, blue, pink and white – for $51.95 with free overnight shipping.
Wedges are always in, but particularly so this spring. I love wedges because they give you flattering height, but they tend to be more comfortable than skinny heels. Plus, they work well with many spring looks and can typically be dressed up or down.
Combine the neutral trend and the wedge trend with the Sam Edelman Kyla, which is offered at Shoes.com for $149 with free shipping. They drop to $119.20 when coupon code MSAVE is applied. If they don’t have your size, try Zappos for $149 with free shipping.
Combine the feminine detail trend with the wedge trend (and get a great deal to boot) with the SM Ven Rosette wedge in six color options for $39.95 at DSW. Coupon code KCOOK34 takes $5 off, making them $34.95, and code FREESHIP gives free shipping (enter both at checkout). Expiration for these codes is unknown.
The oxford jazz flat seems to big right now and, to be honest, I’m personally not a big fan of this trend because I don’t find it very flattering. However, I have seen oxford flats look pretty cute with cuffed jeans, so it can work with certain looks. If I were to apply this trend, I’d go for an oxford with a twist (and a heel) in this awesome pair:
Get a variation on the traditional oxford style with the addition of lace and a unique heel with the 80%20 Hope Oxford from the Ce Ce Chin Collection (find more available color options here). You’ll combine the oxford trend and the feminine detail trend with this shoe, which is available at Karmaloop for $175. Coupon code CLINTON takes 20% off, making them $140. The coupon expiration is unknown.
Piperlime lists white sandals as a hot trend right now. To me, there’s nothing like an amazing white pair of shoes for spring and summer, but it can be tricky to find the right one. There’s always a fine line between a hot pair of white shoes and one that comes across as a bit cheesy. Here are some that I think fall into the hot category:
The Naughty Monkey Parade is one of Piperlime’s white shoe examples and I’m loving it too. The brown straps and heel provide a nice contrast for the white base color. Get it for $80 with free shipping at Piperlime.
Combine the white trend and the feminine details trend with the gorgeous Betsey Johnson Amorita. It’s available at Endless for $185 with free overnight shipping.
I also like the white version of the Dollhouse Kirna mentioned above, which you can get for $51.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.
Get a little wild this season with a tribal-influenced pair of shoes, which always add an exotic flair to your look. Try out the trend with these pairs:
The Kelsi Dagger Grace has a tribal influence with its use of wooden beads, but it gets all dolled up with the addition of sparkling rhinestones. Endless has it in 3 color options for $148.95.
Combine the tribal trend with the wedge trend in the Naughty Monkey Liggy, which has a dramatic printed heel. Get it at Shoes.com for $85 with free shipping. Coupon code MSAVE drops it to $68.
Clogs are making a big comeback this year. If you want a clog with a hefty dose of attitude, try this pair:
Steven by Steve Madden Durann for $149 at Shoes.com. Coupon code MSAVE takes 20% off, making them $119.20 with free shipping.
Get sailor chic this season with nautical-inspired shoes, which are clean, classic and fun to wear.
The Nine West Cawley in navy with cork platform and red heel will have you sailing into high style. You can find this shoe at Endless for $88.95 with free 2-day shipping.
I’ll be covering any additional shoe trends I see in upcoming Hot Trends features, so stay tuned!
Note: The MSAVE coupon code for Shoes.com mentioned in this post expires 3/31/10. All prices listed are subject to change.