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Let’s start off with Lucky Magazine’s Spring Shoe Guide (March 2011) as an intro. They list these shoes to add to your warmer weather wardrobe: wood platforms, jeweled slingbacks, bold loafers (as in bold colors), platform pumps, flat espadrilles, sliver-wedge sandals, pointy-toe slingbacks and cork wedges, followed by 2 strap sandals (on strap around the ankle and one over the toes) as their shoe-of-the-month in the April 2011 issue.

My thoughts: The wood platforms, cork wedges and flat espadrilles are pretty standard, every-spring-they’re-for-sale shoes (although I realize there’s a 70s vibe going around which is making shoe stores a little extra wood heavy). And I’m going to skeptically say I’ll stay on the lookout for someone wearing jeweled slingbacks as daywear in NYC. I also doubt you’ll see many people in bright loafers this spring/summer, especially with wide-leg trousers and maxi skirts trending now (can’t really wear loafers with those). But, I think the pointy-toe slingbacks, sliver-wedge sandals and 2 strap sandals are all spot-on. The sliver-wedge sandals are a nice progression of winter’s version popularized by Loeffler Randall’s sliver-boots. And I think pointy-toes will become more and more plentiful as the year progresses.

But I’ve also spotted a few other (more?) interesting spring shoe trends popping up and they actually all involve espadrilles!

First, I’ve noticed espadrilles with frayed straps. These are definitely more for your casual days but hey, if you already have a pair of strappy canvas wedges, don’t be afraid to dip into D.I.Y and rough them up a bit ;). And if you prefer the new versions, below Steve Madden, Coconuts and others have done the distressing for you.

Second, I’m seeing a lot of espadrille heels that continue up the ankle to form the heel cup; I’m calling them endless espadrilles. These shoes are AMAZING because when they’re on, at first glance you look like you might be wearing impossibly tall heels.  They’re also especially nice because the style could hide a much lower heel like the 2.5 inch (I know!) version by Sam Edelman. And as a side note – yep, that brand in row 5 is Hunter of rainboot fame, apparently making some leather heels now.

Honorable mention goes to espadrilles that do not have covered ankles but instead feature an extra tall side portion or “cut-out” ankle strap that creates a similar illusion. Surprisingly, I found a nice example of these shoes at Old Navy which are a great option if you’re on a budget.

I still have one more trend for you further below, but for now, some picture proof!

FRAYED EDGES

Coconuts Avery

Bettye Muller Saffron

Steve Madden Fraid

ENDLESS ESPADRILLE HEELS

Matisse Asher

BCBGMAXAZRIA Malaga

Sam Edelman Leroy

Enzo Angiolini Ramie

Enzo Angiolini Romario

Hunter Anegada

HONORABLE MENTION

Old Navy Espadrille Wedges

Corso Como Decoy

Boutique 9 Illy

Not Too Coy Lydia

And last I’ve collected some irregular espadrille combos. Brands like Tory Burch and 3.1 Phillip Lim are marrying espadrille soles with a chukka or desert boot upper. This is probably best with a canvas boot and an excellent option when we’ve got those New York days where it’s warm for just a few hours in the afternoon sunshine and then you’ve got to put your jacket back on (like today!).

A few other brands, like Jeffrey Campbell and Prada, decided to add in an espadrille layer to a shoe that normally wouldn’t have it. This might technically shorten the seasonally appropriate lifespan of the shoes, but fashion rules are made to be broken. However, I’m not sure we should even call them espadrilles, and at the same time, I don’t think we can leave that out – it’s pretty distinctive. How about Espamaybelles? (I’ll break that down: espa-maybe-lles…? ok, well, I love it, haha).

Anyway, that’s it for now. Happy shopping all! And if you spot any other crazy espadrille hybrids, let me know.

Tory Burch Desert Bootie Espadrille

3.1 Phillip Lim lace up espadrille

Prada Lace-Up Cutout Wedge

Jeffrey Campbell Mary ESP

Mark & James Magnolia

Chinese Laundry Dragonfly

avatarJune, and springtime in general (the first official day of Summer isn’t until June 21!), is such a crazy time for picking out what shoes to wear. No, not necessarily because designers are trying our new things or because stores are ready and waiting for high school-ers on vacation; it’s all because of the weather. In June, anything can happen, at least in New York: downpours of rain, sunshine, ridiculous heat, a slight on/off drizzle, etc. This morning the forecast was partially cloudy, 60% chance of rain, temps 55-75. I took the subway and half the people were wearing full boots (rubber, suede, leather – all kinds), some were in canvas sneakers, some in closed toe heels, and the others were in exposed-toe sandals or flip-flops (commuters love to be comfy). So do you keep every single pair in your shoe collection out all this month for an overcrowded closet or just risk cold, wet feet (at least for part of the day) when the sky goes gray?

I think there’s a better solution and one that allows you to start packing away your winter clothes now (my favorite time of the year!). All boots can go into storage with the exception of rubber rain boots, depending on where you live, although I hate wearing them: I’ve never found a comfy pair yet, and they’re always so heavy! This is probably why one of my favorite picks for June are waterproof shoes (not boots)! I love the faux lace-up detail on the Sigerson Morrison pair below and the simple bow on the pair by Kate Spade; they’re cute worry free ballet flats. The glossy black Sperry Top-Sider loafers in the center of the second row are actually rubber too!

Another shoe I love for spring are loafer styles. Loafers are so under appreciated but they can really be super cozy and yes, un-old lady like too ;). You can still go for suede even with temps slowly rising (now’s the time to test out the year-round claim Uggs make), but I’d choose more of a moccasin style if you do, otherwise you’ll look a little crazy wearing them whenever your city tops 80 degrees. Moccasins are “supposed” to be suede, at least in my mind, so they don’t looks specifically like a winter shoe (like the moccasin sneakers by See by Chloe below) – just don’t forget the water resistant protection spray. If suede isn’t doing it for you, pick up a patent leather loafer in an off-white or bright color like the Prada scrunch version below; water’ll just slide right off.

Sigerson Morrison purple rubber flats Prada scrunch loafer Kate Spade Kerry rubber flats
see-by-chloe-hi-top-sneaker-moccasins Sperry Top-Sider Pelican Loafer Ugg Dakota Loafers

Wow, I can’t believe I actually have a blog with no high heels in it! I have been doing a huge amount of walking lately, maybe its subconscious. Don’t worry, I’ll make up for it next time. Happy Leave Work Early Day!

avatarIf you’re waiting til the last minute to do your Spring shoe shopping since it’s probably the best way to get the lowest sale prices (I’m with you), you might also be looking for a refresher course in Spring trends to keep an eye out for. I sure was, (it’s easy to get ahead of yourself when you’re watching Fall 09 previews)… so I made a list to share! It’s also interesting to see what trends are in full swing and which (predicted by winter writers) are already in fizzle mode. Let’s begin, there’s lots to see!

First I’ll go to Lucky Magazine, who I find to be an excellent authority on all (wearable) trendy business. Their Spring Shoe Guide in the March 09 issue listed espadrille wedges, fringe sandals, wood platforms, round toe pumps, open-toe flats, sliver-wedge sandals, spring boots (these have a “lower, leg flashing shape”) and platform sandals as the trendiest of the trends.  The April and May issues also added canvas tennis shoes and rope sandals, respectively.

Topshop Lattice caged platforms

Love the Off-White Base of these Caged Platforms

Sam Edelman Bell Boot

These Lilac Perforated Suede Boots are Obviously Not for Winter

Keep Ray Potes Homer sneakers

Cute Acid Wash Canvas Tennies

The espadrille wedges were a safe bet for spring (I don’t know when they have not been an essential spring/summer shoe) as were the round toe pumps (pointy toes are generally a winter style since they look best with long pants). The wood platforms and platform sandals were also fairly basic picks considering the boho feeling wafting around, a feeling which was only enhanced by the recession (damn the man, man). But don’t let that underscore the fact that platforms were mentioned twice! Make yourself taller, get a pair! I’ve also noticed that many stores are only stocking one or two fringy styles in their whole inventory, so don’t settle unless you really love them, and the rope sandals were in last year’s lists too – dig through your closet for any lost pairs you forgot about.

As for the rest of Lucky’s picks, I’m especially taking notice of the spring boots (these are number one on my list!), the sliver wedge sandals (a predictable continuation from the same heel featured on many boots this winter – iconically the Loeffler Randall mini wedge knee boots) and the canvas lace-up shoes (noticeably around this past fall in leather versions).

Keds Champion 2k white

The Original Basic Canvas Sneakers

I love this great color in slouchy pull-on boots

A Great Color for Slouchy Pull-On Frye's

Brian Atwood Ontorio tie dye boots

Tie-dyed Soft Suede Boots

Next on the list of fashion experts is Style.com who I love for including actual runway shots for support. Style.com has listed their top Spring 2009 trends as catchy headlines (and they’re referring to clothing trends too), so I’ll interpret them as relating to shoes for you (click the previous link to look for yourself). The Depression Chic trend means looking to the past for inspiration- the eras designers picked from ranged broadly, so take your pick. Your Geometry Lesson is to look for big shapes and 3D effects like pleated ruffles (take a look at these heels too for less!). Goddess Worship, unsurprisingly, means you’ll see wrap sandals, open platforms and gladiators, perfect for the omnipotent. And Marrakech Express (think Moroccan influences) leans towards beading detail and strappy sandals that look great with silk jumpsuits and caftans. Style.com also added Sporting Goods to their list but they certainly did not mean basic trainers; designers were pairing sporty styles on top with fierce platforms and heels, at the very least a high heel sneaker pump. Last, the Trash and Vaudeville trend means you should be thinking a little bit 80s. Look for peeps of neon color, studs, deconstruction and those warm-weather boots.

These remind me of a neon fanny pack I once loved

These remind me of a neon fanny pack I once loved

Report Chanya wrap sandals

Moroccan beaded wrap sandals

Nanette Lepore Savage Lover sandal

See the pink snakeskin and teal on the heel!?

All the rest of the sources I consulted agree with the above trends with a few exceptions. Many, including Dannielle Kyrillos from Daily Candy, had COLOR in their lists of spring essentials (not restricted to colors just for the 80s effect) and Glamour Magazine also added zipper accents which I give them a virtual high-five for! (and my examples of which are all… black… listen people, I gave you enough color above ;)). Happy shopping!

Pour La Victoire Ella

Betseyville Peach Peep-Toe Flat L.A.M.B. Selene

nyshoespyI’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking in this blog. You’re seriously not going to believe it, but every single pair of the shoes below are made entirely out of some sort of rubber or plastic!!! (with the exception of the occasional tassel, buckle or laces).

I haven’t seen this trend covered much in the mainstream media yet, but when old, well-established houses like Tods, Givenchy and Gucci dabble in molded PVC for their Spring collections and so do designers prone to the avant-garde like Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood AND contemporary brands like Tory Burch, Melissa and See by Chloe… well, I would call that a full blown trend.

The best part is that most of these styles are totally affordable; even with all the designer names I’ve stacked up for you, not one shoe is over $200!

See for yourself 😉

Melissa Joy + Ah Jelly Oxfords Melissa Three-Strap Ballerina Gladiator
Givenchy flat tie-up plastic shoe Tods jelly thong sandals
Gucci Etretat Rubber Flats Melissa Strappy Fetish Sandals
Cesare Paciotti Jelly Plateau See by Chloe ankle-strap sandals
Tory Burch Jelly Reva parrot pink

avatarHow many of you style diva’s have ever had this happen to you? You wake up to a bright and sunny morning. Your local weather person tells you that today will be the warmest day of the season to date and your mind starts racing; “Oh my goodness, I’ve been waiting for a day just like this to wear xyz outfit with those 3 1/2 inch sandals that I’ve been saving since  winter! (I couldn’t pass them up, 90% off retail, I will use them I swear!!)
Central Park New York

 I know I’ve never worn them before and I know that I should probably break them in before attempting to leave my 3 floor walk-up, and running down the block to catch my bus (almost missed it b/c I remembered that I DO have the perfect bag to go with this ensemble, and had to switch out from my everyday messenger).

Made it into the city on time (maybe these sandals weren’t the best idea today, my toes are tingling).  Ok, If I can make it to work I can take them off under my desk for a while (pinky toes are going numb now).  Whose bright idea was it to don these almost too cute for words heels on a Wednesday when I know it’s the busiest day of my week, with corporate meetings, client lunches, and drinks after work with the girls?! MY FEET HURT!! I am swearing off heels for… Ok ladies, it’s time to stop now.

Please spare your pretty manicured toes from that part of your day when you know you’ll be pounding pavement. Lucky for us, we can strut your stuff in some very acceptable canvas sneakers. which by the way are said to be an item of ‘mass appeal’ in Nylon magazine’s, May issue pg 52.

Here are a few trendy versions. Take ’em along with you as a spare instead of the ugly old flip flops you’ve had in your desk drawer for the last year and a half.  Your feet will be nothing but thankful.

Keds Distress Kitson Heart Ache
Converse All Star Keds Chatham

avatarI don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for Spring 2008 since last spring! The flowers, the colors, the birds chirping outside of my window at daybreak (well maybe not that last one so much). Now that the sun is staying out longer and longer, what better way to express your enthusiasm for the season than by focusing some attention to your spring feet! Here are a few picks to keep you in step with a blossoming trend.

Betsey Johnson Appolonia satin high heel sandals have a bit of an abstract floral detail, but the hot pink soles definitely reflect an appreciation for fresh blossoms. For a more toned down display of your appreciation for the season (although, I have no idea why one would want to tone down), I love these Kenneth Cole fabric heels. They are just the right mix of everything that is right for the spring/summer months.

And how romantic are these French Sole flats, the flower detail looks so real! I can almost smell the roses. Some girls don’t like flowers, but most like colors! For a more grown up take on the jelly…yup, they’re back again, look to Kate Spade’s version.

Betsey Johnson Appolonia Kenneth Cole Pop The Cork
French Sole Kate Spade

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.

avatarSt. Patrick’s day is coming up on Monday, so in celebration (or early preparation), I have selected the best green shoes around. Nobody wants to get pinched, right? (Of course, if you do want to get pinched by someone in particular, it’s pretty easy to slip off your shoes under your desk to declare yourself vulnerable or protected at your whim – definitely easier than with a green t-shirt).  It’s also particularly handy that a major spring trend right now involves super bright colors.  So if you haven’t the slightest desire to wear green for the holiday, do it for fashion!

If you live in an area where March already means Spring and warm weather (I and my fellow New Yorkers envy you) or if you can just run from your car into your nice, heated office building, try out these sandals by Kors by Michael Kors and BC Footwear. The shoes also both have some strappiness to evoke a bit of gladiator trendiness without being obvious.

michael kors pistols BC footwear eclipse

For the rest of us further from the equator, I suggest these excellent closed-toe rubber flats by Sigerson Morrison (April showers are often preceded by March showers but not as rhyme-y) and slightly warmer boots by 80%20 (hidden 3″ wedge!).

sigerson morrison 5555 80%20 winnie boot

P.S. Happy Pi Day!

avatarI know you’ve been hearing a lot about bright, bold color being one of the biggest trends for Spring 08 (you have from me anyway !).  Colors are blossoming all over clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags from designers everywhere.  One of the easiest ways to incorporate color into your wardrobe (and longest lasting way without being repetitive – you can’t wear the same great shirt every single day; even if you wanted to, can you really do laundry that often?) is with a shocking orange bag (or any other color). Once you have the trendy bag down,  as Marie Claire’s March 2008 issue suggests (on page 74), pair it with some nude colored heels.

Natural Comfort SW5 buff Kenzie Crazy Cat buff
Via Spiga Vista buff Style and Co buff

Left to Right: Natural Comfort SW5 wedges, Kenzie Crazy Cat heels, Via Spiga Vista pumps and Style & Co Jolie peep-toe heels.

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