It’s true what they say: a girl can never have too many shoes. After all, one need not look any further than the average woman’s closet (my own included) to see how true this statement is. Some may argue that all you need in the way of shoes is a few basics, but we fashion lovers know that simply isn’t so. Once you’ve got your foundation pieces, you can move beyond what’s merely necessary to the shoes that dazzle and inspire. And if this spring’s footwear trends are one thing, it’s dazzling. From rainbow-hued sandals to classic styles with an unexpected twist, here are five shoes that have made their way from the runways to my wish list.
The word “sneakers” may conjure up images of putting in hours on the treadmill, but rest assured you won’t be sweating it in this particular spring trend. Not your average tennis shoe, these styles elevate the classic shapes, creating a chic, yet comfortable, alternative to your typical kicks. With interesting textural details, metallic finishes, and luxe fabrics like leather and suede, the spring’s sneakers have been reinvented for the fashion-conscious.
Western Inspired Ankle Boots
A mainstay of any wardrobe, ankle boots are always on-trend. This season, designers have given the staple a Western-inspired makeover, adorning booties with colourful embellishments, detailed stitching, and a pointed toe. For style inspiration, browse the boot collection from Lyst. The wide range of different designers and their offerings makes it easy to find your perfect pair of eye-catching Western booties.
Although we’ve seen lace-up detailing on footwear before (namely with the gladiator sandals of seasons past), this spring’s take on the trend is decidedly softer and more subtle—think ballerinas rather than Roman warriors. The latest lace-up detailing is confined to the ankle and as Vogue writes, it has been seen on flats, stilettos, and every height in between. Striking a perfect balance of sweet and sexy, this season’s lace-up styles are sure to make a flirty addition to your shoe collection.
Combine the height of a platform with the comfort of a flat and you get one of spring’s hottest shoe trends: the flatform. Whether you prefer a style that’s casual (think laid-back fabrics and a simple design) or one that’s more dressed up with a metallic finish or sparkly accents, the flatform is a versatile choice for the season.
Sandals are a must-have for spring and summer, and huaraches make the top of the list for styles to try this season. Harper’s Bazaar makes it clear that the classic Mexican shoe is getting the high-fashion treatment, complete with fun, vibrant accents ideal for a season that emphasises colour, texture, and layering. Wear your huaraches with shorts and a tee, or dress them up by pairing with a maxi skirt.
With so many unforgettable styles for 2016, it’s safe to say our footwear game will be strong this season. Spring is just around the corner, so don’t wait to upgrade your shoe collection with these must-have trends.