The shoe craze, to some, is a little out of hand. EVERY woman is wild about shoes. Whether she has the budget of a college freshman or that of a trophy wife, a woman is constantly on the lookout for new shoes. I mean, why not? Since the mid-‘90s when Carrie Bradshaw first took us all shoe shopping, women have become fixated on this accessory that makes or breaks a look. The amazing thing is that whether your stick thin, or a bit curvy, there’s a good chance that when you gain or lose any weight, you’ll still fit into those $400 shoes. This spring, designers (everyone from Imitation of Christ’s Tara Subkoff to Keds) are offering a bucket of fun and flirty options for your feet. So whether you’re spending your entire income tax return on shoes, or just buying one great pair, there’s a good chance there’s something out there that can keep your feel looking cool, even in the hottest months of the year.
Wedges were huge last spring and summer and this season they’ve only gotten higher and sexier. Soft neutrals are a nice place to begin if you’re choosing one shoe to buy this year, and Tara Subkoff for Easy Sprit’s Edrie wedge pump ($240 shopbop.com) is about as glorious as they come. With a closed toe, it’s perfect for hiding a fading pedicure or for adding a tough edge to your frothy summer dresses. Available in a light beige and dark grey, the pumps are easy to incorporate with jeans and tank for weekends and hanging out and will transition nicely into the fall. Sometimes the heaviness of a pump wedge balances flouncy skirts and flirty hemlines. Calvin Klein’s spectacular Edita wedge pump
($120 macys.com) is possibly my shoe dream come true. It’s available in a silver satin as well, but the black leather version has an amazing space age wedge heel that makes me want to live in the future.
As a strong advocate of wearing black in the summer, I can tell you that it’s difficult to find a black shoe that looks as though it fits the season. This one certainly does and can be paired with the array of skinny jeans, trousers and Bermuda shorts that everyone will be wearing. If you’re looking for a flash of color (and who isn’t this summer?), Marc by Marc Jacobs always offers a great variety of candy for your feet. His Multi-Strap Wedge in lagoon blue ($360 eluxury.com) is deliciously charming with its antique brass studs sprinkled about, but my favorites are the Rainbow Ribbon Wedge ($225 eluxury.com). Screaming summer, they have comfortable wedge heels and cheery red and blue grosgrain ribbons that lace up the ankle for a sexy, playful touch. Wedges give great height, but allow your weight to be distributed evenly so you don’t want to chop your feet off at the end of a rigorous shopping day.
While wedges are so comfortable and such a welcomed alternative to stilettos (no matter how sexy), nothing beats a great pair of flats. Marc by Marc Jacobs did several fun pairs. My favorites are the jellies that carry a load of nostalgia, but can be incorporated into very adult looks. The jelly flats ($95 shopbop.com) are available in gold and silver and look adorable with everything from summer dresses to cropped jeans. The rubber gladiator sandals ($95 shopbop.com) are equally adorable and maybe a bit more modern for those who are scared of stomping around in shoes that look as if actual Romans wore them.
For those of us willing to venture into the hardcore Roman territory, check out Tara Subkoff for Easy Sprit’s appropriately named Lace-up Gladiator sandals ($150 shopbop.com) or K. Jacques’ Gladiator sandals ($195 shopbop.com). Both pairs are available in a natural shade that will work perfectly with chic tailored shorts or your oldest pair of jeans. Ked’s Dolce flats
($39.99 macys.com) come in several prints and colors. The flats are a fun take on classic Ked’s and have girly detailing that is perfect for weekend errands. Juicy Couture steps into the world of shoes this season (and we’re not just talking flip-flops) with adorable designs including their Prima Pebble Beach Flat ($275 eluxury.com). It’s a neutral shoe, but with touches of soft silver and cloudy taupe, they’re definitely not boring.
For a shoe that goes from day to night easily, Marc by Marc Jacobs gives us the Glitter Ballerina Flat ($285 shopbop.com) a more original approach to metallic flats, the shoes are covered in glitter and have elasticized bands that crisscross the tops of your feet like the prettiest ballerina to ever grace
a stage. They come in your standard gold and silver, but the pink are a delicious addition to old favorites. Another bright, fun pair are his apple green flats ($285 satineboutique.com) with an open toe and three contrasting black buttons; they’re a perfect smart pair of shoes that will take you well into fall and winter with a pair of black opaque tights. If you’re doing the fresh eyelet trend that was all over the runways, Maloles’ white and khaki linen and lace flats are great to put on with crisp white shirts, full skirts and slim Capri pants. Flats typically evoke a very casual vibe, but with these picks you’re pretty much dressed for any occasion.
One of my favorite things about summer is the weather makes dressing for evening so easy. There’s no fuss over dressing at night because you slap on the self-tanner, the shimmer on your shoulders and call it a day (or night). Spring and summer allow you to pull out the cutest tanks and blouses, throw on your pricey jeans and pick a pair of stunning evening shoes.
Most decadent and amazing are the Metallic Mule ($625 eluxury.com) which come in the most awesome shade of bronze you’ll ever lay your eyes on. The color is almost a caramel with sheen and would look perfect peeking out from super rinsed jeans. If you’re an avid watcher of the red carpet, you’ll recognize Steve Madden’s brilliant spin on the patent leather pumps and slingbacks that everyone has been clamoring for. While the red and black are obvious favorites, the bone play second fiddle to none and is welcomed with everything from jeans to khaki cropped pants to bright print dresses. The peep toe platforms, Lalo ($129.95 stevemadden.com), are just as luxurious when paired with pencil skirts, slim trousers and easy sheath dresses. I simply love both of these shoes and am beyond happy that someone is doing them at a reasonable price.
Loeffler Randall’s Zena sandals ($383 shopbop.com) are appropriate for both work and play. With their swipe of embossed leather across the toes and sexy cone heel, they’re complete magic. Stella McCartney’s royal blue or seafoam satin peep toe pumps ($450 satineboutique.com) are brilliant with an all black outfit, or any outfit for that matter. The shades embark on the vintage trend that will never go away and the style is completely modern for shaking up a night at the trendiest spot. Evening shoes are always the most fun to shop for and oddly enough, even when you pick a ridiculously fun and impractical pair, they seem to make you feel great no matter what you wear them with.
Wedges and flats are everyone’s obvious picks for spring and summer shoe shopping, but you’ll need a hot pair of night shoes for those long nights out. And the following morning, after you’ve danced until all hours in your Steve Madden patent leather platforms, you won’t have to stare at shoes deciding what to wear. When you’re dragging yourself around from a night of too much fun, at least you’ll be in a pair of Marc Jacobs jellies that will remind you of when you were a good girl.