Women's spring shoe trends 2013
Flats: Gladiator sandals
Step up your style pace in spring's multitude of new shoes. From grown-up to girlish and retro to metro, there's a fresh pair out there for any occasion. Check out what’s blooming on the footwear front. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing: Gladiator sandals
Roam the Roman way in one of this spring’s fiercest footwear styles, the glam gladiator. These strappy faves get thumbs-up from fashionistas in fresh updates, including sexy snake prints, majestic metallics, mixed-media center panels and unexpected pops of bright, rebellious color.
Flats: Fancy boat shoes
Bing: Fancy boat shoes
The familiar deck shoe got a facelift of sorts and is sporting so much luxe we’re thinking more yacht, less dinghy. Famous maker Sperry takes the lead with gilded finishes, dustings of glimmer and smatterings of sequins. Other designers storm the form with vibrant prints and trendy bright tints.
Flats: Cap toe flats
Bing: Cap toe flats
Here’s a tip: Invest in cap toe flats this spring and you’ll wear them way beyond a single season. These charmers started out tres trendy, but are fast becoming a shoe staple. Recent tweaks include mixed media (say, a shiny patent toe cap topping a soft suede skimmer) and a somewhat pointier toe box.
Flats: Glitter flats
Bing: Glitter flats
This low-flying, high-wattage footwear goes by a few names: smoking slippers, evening flats and cocktail flats. What they all have in common is a goodly helping of pure glam. You’ll wear them with cocktail dresses and day frocks for the trend cred, but love them for comfort their high-rise sisters can’t match.
Pumps: Snake-print pumps
Bing: Snake-print pumps
Dial in the reptile this spring with the wildest kicks this side of the Amazon. And how have these perennially popular picks evolved since last season? The fierce factor is upped substantially with added spikes and studs, not-found-in-nature colors, glowing metallic finishes and even runway-remarkable holographic effects.
Pumps: Pointed toe single-sole pumps
Buzzing big with the couture crowd is a retro-sexy shoe shape, the single-sole, pointed toe pump. It’s a little bit “Mad Men,” it’s a little bit rock ’n’ roll, and it also happens to be a super-versatile footwear find good for both work days and play nights. Choose nude hues for spring-through-fall wearability.
Pumps: Candy-colored pumps
Bing: Candy-colored pumps
Got a sweet tooth? Satisfy it sans calories in a pair of attention-grabbing heels coated in on-trend candy colors. And as crazy-bold as this trend is, it’s one with legs, so if you adore bodacious blues, big pinks, outrageous oranges or great big greens, now’s the time to rock ’em.
Pumps: Chunky heel pumps
Bing: Chunky heel pumps
Stilettos look undeniably sexy. Easy walking? Not so much. If you love to tower but can’t stand the teeter and totter, we’ve got a footwear trend for you. Designers have decreed – and we’ve agreed – that the coolest spring heel is a chunky one. And if there’s a platform up front, all the better for balance.
Wedges: Sneaker wedges
Bing: Sneaker wedges
Urban edge gets an infusion of crossover cute in the newest footwear hybrid. And these puppies aren’t meant to pound the pavement in any athletic pursuit; they’re all for show. Tie on a pair in a girlish pastel shade and you’ve got a nice twist on the athletic-chic trend.
Wedges: Mirror metallic wedges
Bing: Mirror metallic wedges
We’ve seen the future, and it’s shiny. Get your gleam on this spring in a mega metallic that reflects your trend savvy: Wedges just happen to be one of the bigger footwear canvases around, and when they’re wrapped in this much megawatt sheen you get the most flash for your cash.