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Shoe Trends Spring 2010: Warm weather, hot shoes

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

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:

Neutrals 

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.

Feminine details

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

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.

Oxfords

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.

White shoes

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.

Tribal

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

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.

Nautical

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.

Halloween costumes shoes that rock (just like candy corn)

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Halloween is just around the corner and, let’s face it, it’s still way fun to dress-up on the big day, even as adults.  If you plan on going all-out this Halloween by donning a costume, the shoes you wear can certainly make or break your look.  You may have the perfect costume, but you’ll also need the perfect Halloween shoes to really set it off.  Some closet staples, like tall black boots or black mary jane heels usually work well, but you might want to take it up a notch and wear a costume shoe you wouldn’t normally wear in everyday life.  Even if you don’t plan to dress in costume, you can always wear shoes that channel your inner Halloween spirit.  So, let’s get in character and take a look at the shoes:

Argh, matey!  These Leg Avenue boots are the perfect pirate shoes.  They also have great potential for renaissance and medieval looks.  Get them for $68.95 with free shipping at Shoebuy, then apply 20% off coupon code COLUMBUS to drop them to $55.16.  Coupon expiration is unknown, but likely ends 10/12/09.

 

Planning to be a pretty Pocahantas?  Get these Indian Halloween costume shoes with fringe for $32.93 with free shipping at Amazon.  Or, go for a flat with this Wanted Fringe Sandal for $19.99 at Delias.

 

 

Cute little elf costumes need this Funtasma elf boot with curled toe and decorative silver balls hanging from the top.  This would also work well for fairies or Robin Hood-themed styles.  The green pair is $50.90 with free shipping at Amazon.  It’s also available in red or black for various prices depending on your selection.

 

Sailing the high seas this Halloween?  You’ll definitely need an appropriate pair of sailor shoes, like these Blue Sailor Heels from Hot Topic for $32.99.  If you’re logged in to your Hot Topic account, get 20% off with coupon code WELCOME.  Amazon also has the Leg Avenue Matey Pump starting at $36.89.

 

 

Princesses, angels and other girly costumes need a sparkly heel to complete the look.  This silver glitter heel is $26.99 at BuyCostumes.  For Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz shoes, check out the red glitter heel at Amazon for $39.95 with free shipping.

 

 

If you’ll be a naughty little devil this year, try the Funtasma devil shoe in red for $21.95 at Amazon.  A black version is also available for $17.55.

 

 

Potential witches might instead opt for this Ellie pointed toe pump with buckle, which is $30.16 in black or red at Amazon.  This witch platform oxford is also a good choice at $26.35.  Shipping is free.

 

 

Feel the buzz when you wear this pair with your busy bumblebee costume.  Get the bumblebee mary jane at Amazon for $33.37 with free shipping. 

 

 

If a ladybug is your insect costume of choice, try the Pleaser ladybug mary jane.  Find it at Amazon for $31.59 (most sizes) with free shipping.

 

 

Channel your inner diva in these Funtasma goddess heels at Amazon starting at $41.70.  These will also work for Cleopatra costumes, gladiators, toga outfits and more.  A flat goddess sandal is available at Sears for $18.99.

 

 

A naughty school girl or sexy scottish outfit just wouldn’t be complete without plaid, like this plaid mary jane pump.  Get it for $24.99 at Charlotte Russe.  10% off and free shipping are yours with their OCTOBER1 coupon code.

 

Cowgirls, add a little bling to your boot with this metallic cowboy boot from Wet Seal for $42.50.  If you prefer something a bit more classic, try this cowboy boot in cognac or dark brown for $44.50.  Get free shipping on $15 or more using coupon code FREE09 at checkout.

 

Pretty kitty costumes seem much more complete with a sexy leopard platform heel.  This extra-high 6″ pair is $59.99 at Hot Topic.  If you’re logged in to your Hot Topic account, get 20% off with coupon code WELCOME.  Another option is this Penthouse leopard heel for $44.99.

 

If you’re still not sure which shoes will work, go for the go-go boot.  This style works with virtually any costume and is available in 13 color options at Amazon, so you’re sure to find the perfect shade.  Most size/color combinations are $33.04 with free shipping.

 

Here’s some more shoes you can wear to get into the Halloween mood, costume or not.

T.U.K. A7567L skull and roses pump for $45 with free overnight shipping at Endless.

 

 

 

T.U.K. Cat Mary Janes for $38.95 with free shipping at Amazon.

 

 

 

Sugar Skulls low-top sneaker for $19.99 at Amazon.

 

 

 

Skull & crossbones ballet flats for $41.99 with free shipping at Amazon.  Use coupon code PERCENT5 to get an extra 5% off.

 

 

Volatile Rebel Boot with skull design for $74.95 at Shoemall.  Use 20% off code BML20 to drop them to $59.96 with free shipping.

 

 

Michael Antonio Skull Boots for $14.99 at Amazon.

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Michael Antonio Dally Pumps for $19.99 at Amazon

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

I like these Michael Antonio Dally pumps for their trendy cut-out oxford style and under $20 price tag, but also for their potential to do some serious multitasking in any wardrobe.  Wear this style paired with slacks at work, with flirty skirts or dresses for going out or with jeans and a cute top for hanging out.  You can find this pair at Amazon for $19.99 (retail $49.99) with $10 shipping.

Carlos Santana Daring Pump for $43.99 at Shoes.com

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

I love this suede Carlos Santana Daring Pump.  The lace-up oxford style is on-trend and the python leather embossing adds a unique touch.  Shoes.com has them in black or brown for $54.99 and coupon code BFF09 discounts another 20% until 1/15/09, bringing them to $43.99 with free shipping.  This is the best price I see anywhere for this style, which retails for $110. 

 

BCBGirls Scent Oxford Slingback for $29.39 at Amazon

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

This is a really great price at Amazon.com for this BCBGirls Scent Oxford Slingback, which is listed for $50-$100 anywhere else.  I see this style as being both classic enough for work (worn with tailored slacks or a slim skirt) and fun enough for play (paired with jeans or a flirty dress).  Besides this cream/camel version, there are three other color options to choose from.  Shipping is free.

 
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