avatarI know Spring only officially began a few days ago, but I’m not talking about forgoing warm weather spending! Here’s your expert arsenal to keep your Spring/Summer purchases au courant for Fall. 

Heard of Isabella Fiore? Well, Jerome Chouinard-Rousseau, formerly the brand’s footwear design director, has started his own line of shoes! In an interview with the World Shoe Association trade magazine, he predicts that ankle boots are going to continue to be a key trend for Fall ’08, along with the reptile prints and color blocking we’re seeing for Spring right now. That’s good news for any shopper being hit even a little by the country’s economic situation right now; I love when trendy purchases don’t fade quickly! 

Via Spiga Anna Sui Steve Madden Survey

Perfect pastel color blocking by Via Spiga, the trompe l’oeil gladiator pieces on these booties by Anna Sui let you pretend you’re wearing sandals!, and these reptile embossed booties by Steve Madden are hot enough to keep in my closet until September (although you might be able to pull these off in the spring with the right pair of pants).

Fashion Institute of Technology professor Sara Petitt echoes that short boots will continue to be a big trend, even suggesting they’ll soon take over the place long held by tall boots in the fashion world. She suggests that oxfords and contrasting heels will match well with tailored Fall fashions that almost demand a well-played, statement-making shoe.

Rafe burnt orange oxfords Sigerson Morrison Chie Mihara Dublie

Preppy-dorky-cool oxfords by Rafe (I saw shoes almost identical to the style of these in a recent Nylon magazine fashion spread), fun orange rubber, pointy-toe flats by Sigerson Morrison, and Chie Mihara peep toes with a contrasting heel. Don’t worry, this isn’t out of left field- you’ll see more about orange below!

For Fall colors, the go-to guy is Tod Schulman, president of Pantone (pretty much the global authority on color). He forecasts white in high use with yellow, pink and gray undertones. And, Nathalie Fausty, consultant for PromoStyl, an international trend research office, adds orange and a deep wine color to the mix. She tells WSAToday magazine, “Warm orange is perfect for footwear. It won’t be seen all over the shoe, but rather as piping or detail. Orange for me is the introduction of neon again, the counter-reaction to the green movement.”

Botkier Jill Stuart Jemma Naturalizer Tyrell

Above are some yellow-white ankle-strap, snake embossed heels by Botkier (wear now as is and with tights for Fall), pink-white platforms by Jill Stuart (a classy day to night shoe – these would look amazing with a crisp gray blazer), and glossy gray-white heels by Naturalizer (will match easily with both full spring skirts and skinny jeans when temperatures fall again).

I couldn’t leave without putting some wine-colored shoes in here! These are almost straight for fall though, I can’t really see any shoe in this color working too well for spring, but my props to you if you try. Let me know your ideas or how you pulled it off if you do!

Nina Madeira Coach Valentina BRAND

Nina brocade heels with an amazing design on the heel that looks like it was carved out, suede loafer pumps by Coach in a deep plum color, and if you want to combine color blocking, reptile prints and an aubergine color, these Gracious Me pumps are a great way to do it.