Best Spring Shoes 2012

Best Spring Shoes 2012.

 

Best Spring Shoes 2012

Why we love them: We love that designers took one of our favorite clothing trends to our footwear, too. Colorblocked heels feel fresh and so perfectly suited for the Spring — plus they’re a super simple way to lend a little outfit interest to even your most basic jeans and tees.

How to wear them: Don’t overthink it — footwear like this does the work for you. Add colorblocked heels to boyfriend denim (with a rolled cuff to show them off) and finish with an easy white button-down for an everyday style. For dressier occasions, style up a pair with your LWD.

Why we love them: We love the textural intrigue of a woven sandal. They have that cool, tribal-inspired quality that looks especially perfect for the warmer months ahead.

How to wear them: These sandals wear especially well with bold, ethnic-inspired prints to further the tribal flair. Of course, don’t underestimate how they can also transform simple white denim.

 

Why we love them: Metallic heels feel entirely new and fresh for the season. They’ve got a slight futuristic quality that’s sleeker and cleaner than sequined shine — and they work for night and day.

How to wear them: Don’t be intimidated by the shine — most pairs are subtle enough to pull off for day, especially in flat versions. Counter the slick finish with print play, like a great floral-print jean or botanical pencil skirt. Keep your proportions easy with a slouchy sweater or looser t-shirt on top for a more casual vibe.

 

Why we love them: Ankle straps lend uncanny sex appeal. They’re sultry without trying too hard, and they feel utterly womanly and ladylike all at once.

How to wear them:Stiletto versions pair easily with your pretty little dresses, while thicker heels are just the right finishing touch for your office ensemble. Looking for something more casual? Try the silhouette on a wood-heeled style.

Why we love them: Every Spring and Summer we look forward to the espadrille iterations. They’re a perennial classic, and this season, there’s a pair for every girl’s style.

How to wear them: Wear these with practically anything (just avoid the wet weather or you’ll ruin your soles). Flat versions feel especially pretty in lacy or printed fabrics, while a classic ankle-wrap style is just the thing to wear with your sundress.

Why we love them: We are, ahem, pumped that the pointed toe has made a comeback. They’re a classic silhouette that’s getting a cool-girl makeover this season in metallics and bright colors.

How to wear them:Play to the ladylike vibe with pencil skirts or dresses cinched at the waists, but to give them a more modern spin, finish off printed pants with a pair in a bold hue or a silver sheen.

Why we love them: What’s not to love? They’re easy on our feet, and in shimmer, embellished, or pretty-hued versions they certainly don’t skimp on style.

How to wear them:Outfit these pairs with maxi skirts or dresses for easy warm-weather dressing. As for right now, add them to ankle-cropped denim and a blazer for an effortless transitional look.

Why we love them: We love that the ankle boot has found its way into our warmer-weather looks. The effect is a total cool-girl statement that makes us think of Rachel Bilson or Kate Bosworth‘s ‘laxed cool.

How to wear them: Make these styles work for Spring and Summer with printed minidresses and skirts to balance the edge. Keep it casual and avoid baggier pants or workwear that’ll confuse the cooler effect you’re going for.

Why we love them: These are a Spring staple. Wedges are leg-lengthening and easy to walk in, and you can count on fresh styles every season.

How to wear them:Show off your stems in a miniskirt or dress, add them to ankle-crop pants, or wear them with flowy maxi silhouettes for that quintessential Spring vibe.

Why we love them: The cool iterations of the loafer have solidified it as a new favorite in our closets. Since Fall, the silhouette’s had a resurgence as a sometimes edgier, sometimes preppier alternative to the ballet flat.

How to wear them: Loafers are both easy to take to work and slip on off-duty. Add them to printed trousers and a blazer for your nine-to-five, then finish your jeans and t-shirt combos with a cool version on your days off. We especially love how they look with preppy-sweet pieces like a pleated miniskirt and a slouchy knit top.

Why we love them: Gladiators have surfaced in all kinds of fresh styles for the upcoming season. Some are more dramatic, others offer sleeker takes on the trend. What we love is the subtle statement quality that pairs well with almost anything in our closets.

How to wear them: Flat versions add interest to Spring dresses and skirts, while heeled versions work just as well with cuffed boyfriend jeans. Either way, they’re a standout style that boasts major versatility.

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