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Stepping into Spring

April 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Spring means that fashion has gone from dreary to dazzling. We can finally ditch the heavy winter boots and have fun with our footwear again!

Color, pattern, texture, and shine are all present and accounted for when it comes to footwear this season. With clothes taking a turn toward neutral colors, it’s the shoes —ranging from dainty to daring — that take center stage.

Wedges These are one of my favorite types of shoes, as they give you the stability of flats and the height of heels. They are a great alternative for anyone who has difficulty walking in heels. Spring’s focus is on cutouts, color, and over-the-top embellishments that make you want to show off your shoes.WEDGES

Wear a great pair of wedges with tailored shorts and a blouse for an easy springtime look.

You can also rock a retro look by wearing wedges with a pair of flared jeans and a vintage-inspired top (think Rachel Zoe).

Sandals & Heels To compensate for my petite stature, I buy tons of heels. Platform heels are perfect for adding height and gaining stability — luckily for me, they are all the rage this spring!  There’s a cornucopia of colors for heels this spring, ranging from classic black and white to the brightest of bright (neon and primary colors were all over the spring runways). Stacked heels are also a favorite among designers. There is a heel for every outfit and an outfit for every heel, but be mindful that pairing super-high heels with anything too short is a fashion faux pas, as is rocking five-inch heels at the office (stick  with three inches or less, perhaps in the trendy black-and-white look).

Sandals are an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe. This season, sandals shine both literally and figuratively. Metallic colors have exploded onto the sandal scene. From purple gladiators to strappy silver stilettos, sandals are once again the most versatile fashion accessory of the season.

Flats Perfect for work and play, flats are always in style. You can wear flats with nearly anything, including jeans, shorts, dresses, and trousers. Flats can make any outfit look chic, but for anything other than a day at the park, pointed-toe flats are always recommended. Pointed-toe flats help lengthen the leg line by seemingly elongating the foot and also create a more polished look in an otherwise-casual shoe. If you are not a fan of the pointed-toe look, then opt for a tailored flat such as an oxford or espadrille. These types of flats add structure and visual interest without cramping your toes.

Flats create the perfect opportunity to explore some of spring’s bolder color trends. Let your shoes become the shining stars of an outfit — pair a brightly colored pair of flats with dark jeans and a tee shirt. Besides looking trendy, just looking at a pair of fuchsia flats helps brighten up any bad day, don’t you think?

Boat Shoes The most important thing to keep in mind when looking for a good pair of boating shoes is the sole. The best soles are grooved to be slip-resistant and repel water; they should also not leave scuff marks on the deck. The shoes themselves should be quick-drying and flexible so they don’t impede your activities. While boating shoes have not always been associated with fashion, there are increasingly more styles and colors that make them look less utilitarian and more fashionable. I love the selections of flats, loafers and moccasins that have become available for boating over the years. Their versatility lets you look stylish both on and off the dock.BOATING SHOES

 

By Raven Peterson

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