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Bold shoe trends for spring 2012

Your lovely little feet have been wrapped up in thick boots for too long. But with winter on its way out, it’s time to embrace spring with these fun footwear trends.

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Platforms

Every store this spring is sure to have a wall completely dedicated to platforms. The most refined look is the stiletto variety, which will give you some extra height and length without you having to stretch your ankles by six inches. Or, opt for a thicker style for more of a vintage throw-back feel. Pick out a neutral shade for everyday wear or choose a bright, bold shade to dress up your look for a night out with the girls.

Jewels and beading

Nothing says spring is here quite like being able to adorn your feet with a little bit of jewellery. Zigi Soho’s line of fun, brightly accented sandals is sure to make your feet feel all dressed up. Plus, if you get them now you’ll get extra use of them when summer hits.

Colour blocking

Whoever said shoes could only be one colour at a time definitely didn’t take this spring’s stylish line-up into consideration. Colour blocking has been popping up on clothing all over the red carpets and runways for a while now. But this season it finally transitions into footwear — in a big way. Colours you never thought could be put together will be adorning shoes everywhere. Take Aldo’s stunning Antonini, for example. Give your little black dress something fun to play with and grant yourself permission to go for some bold, colour-blocked heels.

Straps

Now that our feet don’t have to be permanently sealed away in thick boots, it’s time for straps galore. Let your feet play peek-a-boo with this flirty style. Heels and sandals alike are having fun with straps of all sizes. Thick leather straps are great for a day at work or walking around town, while delicate little straps add that extra hint of sexiness you want for dinner with your guy.

Shine

Glossy patent leather, sparkling glitter and delicate sequins are all going to be making an appearance this spring. And they will no doubt be accented with clasps, buckles and studs for some extra flair. This look is great for flats and heels alike, so you can sparkle day and night. For a casual day at the office, look no further than Nine West’s Fascinate. Or, for a dressed up evening look, let their Freespirit line help you out. Shine is going to be appearing in all sorts of styles this spring, so be sure to take a gander and find the one that’s right for you!

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