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Hot Spring Shoes for 2012: What to Look for this Season

2 Mar

Spring shoes are no doubt an exciting time for new shoes to come out. Not only does the new season mean you can get rid of wearing your winter boots but it’s time to buy new shoes.  The latest trends help energize your outfit to make you look fresh and clean. These styles can be worn both day and night, no matter what the occasion is. Celebs have been seen rocking these trends on the street and the red carpet. Be on the lookout for these styles everywhere you go.

Double Platform:

The double platform adds that extra “oomf” to an outfit. Surely to stand out in a crowd, this heel can be as high as 5 inches. Usually these shoes can be worn with a simple cocktail dress but don’t be afraid to pair them up with some jeans. Lauren Conrad has been spotted wearing a Mui Mui Double Cross Sandal Platform Sandal with dark skinnies and a tee. You can go for a wedged double platform heel – which in my opinion seems like the best type of heel, or a stiletto. Whichever kind you choose, just be sure you can walk in them and they aren’t too painful. Pain doesn’t always mean beauty.

Details:

This season detail are being added to shoes to help make the shoe stand out just a little more. My favorite is the bow on a flat. Typically the bow would be on the front of the shoe for everyone to see, but how about a bow in the back of the shoe, near the heel? Different, right? The Libby Edelman Alize Floral Flat does exactly this. It combines the better of two worlds: the simplicity of a bow and the detail of floral print. Don’t get me wrong, the bow on the front of the shoe can be just as eye-catching like the Irregular Choice Abigail Bootie. Although the bow is in a blue hue like the rest of the sequined shoe but is clearly noticed with the size of the bow. Studs are also up and coming. Pair it up with a leather jacket , perfect for going out. Be sure to wear a lot of rings and necklaces to give that edgy feel.

Color Blocking:

Normally a popular trend in clothes, it has made its way to shoes. I’d much rather use color blocking in shoes rather than clothing because then more people are likely to recognize it. You can choose a simple color block like black and white or go edgy with neon colors, like the G BY GUESS Verna Color Block Pump. Outfits can made working around this shoe. Choose one color that you like best and make it stand out. If your shoe has orange in it then wear an orange tee, or be simple and just pair it up with a black or white shirt. See more on color blocking here.

Prints:

Floral, tribal, and stripes have dominated the trends lately. The prints can be found on a wedged heel or on the shoe itself, but can be found on sandals and flats. Prints can be versatile when creating an outfit. They can help bring and outfit together or emphasize another part of the outfit

  • Floral prints range from a variety of vibrant colors like oranges and purples. My favorite is the Bandolino Jamara Pump. The black with the orange really makes the flowers bloom. Another is the Qupid Penelope-35 Pump, which combines the height of a double platform heel and vibrant colors.
  • Tribal also ranges in color but they are more subtle and can be matched with a brown hue, but not always. The SM Women’s Rylan Wedge Pump mixes red, yellow, blue, and touches of gray and white together creating the perfect tribal print. I’d match this up with a black skirt for going out. If you’re looking for a more casual, flatter shoe, try Two Lips Prim Sandal. The cheetah print and added feathers help give you that wild feel.
  • The simplicity of stripes matched with vibrant colors help create that fun, care-free feel to an outfit. This season stripes are mixed with reds and purples to create the care-free vibe. But if these colors aren’t really your thing, you can go simple. My favorite is the navy blue and white stripes. This gives a nautical, so be sure to make your outfit look like that. No, I’m not saying to go out in a sailor’s uniform, but pair the shoes up with some red skinnies and a white blouse. The red pants help draw attention to the outfit and making the shoes more refined.

Now these trends aren’t exclusive to one shoe; certainly a double platform shoe can include prints and details but so can color-blocked shoes. Don’t be afraid to take risks with your shoes. Get out of your comfort zone and incorporate these trends into your daily outfit.

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