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For over a decade, Pantone (the self-professed world-renowned authority on color) chooses a single color that they predict will be influential in the coming year. In case you missed it last year, their pick was 15-5519 Turquoise, because, as the official press release declared, “Turquoise transports us to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times.” For 2011, Pantone selected 18-2120 Honeysuckle – a medium reddish pink, and¬† released this statement: “Energizing honeysuckle lifts spirits and imparts confidence to meet life’s ongoing challenges.” Pretty heavy stuff. But if that isn’t a great reason to go shopping for a new pair of shoes, I don’t know what is ūüėČ

So, the official color is Honeysuckle, but I think any pink or coral colored shoe will be in the spirit of things. And designers are knocking out tons of pink shoes for resort and spring collections, so finding a pair right now is easy. If you’re looking for something to start you off early and keep you cozy as the winter slowly ends, I recommend the Koolaburra ugg boots in a soft pink below or an enclosed pink suede pump like the pair pictured by Kelsi Dagger (with the cutest removable elastic bow!).

Pantone says that you can easily pair Honeysuckle with basic colors like black, navy, charcoal or light to mid gray. But, for something more exciting, they suggest mixing in complementary bronze greens or a pinkish Apricot Brandy brown hues into your wardrobe with it. I vote pairing these with a maxi dress or with jeans and a drapey cream-colored blouse. Just remember these shoes are made to be the focal point of a basic outfit.

For the start of warm weather, Manolo Blahnik flip flop sandals are actually an almost-affordable way to enjoy the brand. You should also take a look at jumping on two trends at once by going for a platform style (or a “flatform” – an essentially flat shoe as far as feel goes, with equal or near equally tall platforms front and back) or an espadrille (always a summer favorite). And of course, since I have a special place in my heart for Melissa shoes, I was happy to see they’re also making a few pink shoes this season so that I could feature one here.

You know, maybe there is something to what Pantone said; I already feel my spirits lifting just by imagining walking out of the house with these shoes. I’m sure we can rationalize a pair of two now, especially if our mental health is at stake ūüėČ

Jeffrey Campbell The Turino Shoe

Koolaburra Savanitty

Kelsi Dagger Tiffany

Manolo Blahnik Suede-Flower Thong Sandal

Dolce Vita Strappy Platform Wedge

Prada Cutout Espadrille Wedge

Stella McCartney Raffia Crossover Sandals

Lanvin Ankle-Wrap Platform Wedge

seychelles harlow

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Anglomania


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.

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