After months of sludging around in boots all winter, most of us are looking forward to more showy and open shoe styles of springtime. Some of the best things about spring fashion are the shoes. Time to get your pedicure done and show off your toes in this season’s hottest sandals and other fancy footwear. Check out the latest shoe trends for spring.
Did you think the gladiator trend was over? One of the most dominant trends of spring/summer 2008 is back again this year. Though it won’t be as overwhelming as last year, you will still find plenty of Greco-Roman sandals on store shelves this spring. Gladiator sandals are alright in small doses but rather than stocking up your closet with these roman favorites, don’t forget to consider other shoe styles too.
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Studded boots were popular for fall and that trend will carry well into summer with studded shoes and sandals. Look for shoes embellished with metal studs, big buckles and shiny zippers. It’s an edgy trend that has a rock ‘n roll flavor, but you can tone down the harshness by wearing studded shoes with romantic ruffled tops and other floral, feminine pieces.
Jeweled thong sandals
Thong sandals are a comfortable choice for spring. This year, they get dressed up with crystal embellishments and beaded details. There’s also a bit of a tribal influence with Native American-inspired beading and other tribal motifs.
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If you thought booties were just for fall and winter, you thought wrong. For spring, booties will feature open sides and peeptoes. These cut-out shoes are a good choice if they stick around because budget-istas can wear them throughout the year. (Pictured: Steve Madden ‘Daanger’ Bootie)
High heel sandals and pumps with funky heels are definitely a hot choice. Thick, chunky heels. Architectural heels. Crystal-encrusted heels. Anything and everything that draws attention to the rear of the shoe. Wear these shoes with your favorite dresses or cropped pants to show off all the details. (Pictured: Stuart Weitzman Peeper Pumps)
From sky-high heels to flats, sandals are being dressed up in exotic skins. This season, look for snakeskin sandals in every color of the rainbow. Though python and other real skins are in demand, they are very expensive. Snake-embossed leather is much more common (and reasonably priced).
Graphic print shoes
Pumps, wedges, sandals and other shoes come alive with graphic prints this spring. From geometric designs to something a bit more abstract, prints are a sassy, chic option. Pretty print shoes work best when paired with solid apparel, so that they are not too overwhleming and stand out as a great fashion statement piece. Tie-dye prints will also be popular. Also check out these fabulous Manolo Blahnik’s for a stylish example of a graphic print shoe.
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