Shoes are the most important part of a girl’s closet, correct me if I’m wrong. We treat our heels and sandals as if they were important pieces in our personal museum (if you don’t, you should). That’s why when we start thinking of a new season, it’s always important to know what to buy and where to buy it. I’ve put together, as part of our Spring 2013 Trend Report, a rather extensive guide of heels, sandals, slippers and wedges you will be needing inside you closet! Are you ready to rumble? Let’s start!
It’s monochromatic with a spin, a damn cute spin! One of the strongest trends of the season is definitely the black and white combo. But if you are on the softer side, like me, you can always go for the black and blush version!
- T-bar heels, Zara
- Leather loafers, Reed Krakoff
- Naked heels, Alexander McQueen
- Ankle strap sandals, Chloé
- Ankle booties, Reed Krakoff
Metallics are all over for Spring 2013 and what better way to put a glam spin on our ensembles than with a pair of mirrored shoes. And since we are not in the 1950’s anymore, where fashion had its rules and guidelines, why not sport a pair of flashy sandals with your work ensemble?
- Strappy sandals, Jimmy Choo
- Mary-jane flats, Miu Miu
- Gold and mesh sandals, Robert Clergerie
- Two-tone mid heels, Marni
- T-strap wedges, ASOS
Thank you Christopher Bailey for unleashing the colorful sheen trend! What we’d give to sport a fabulous, glossy, purple Burberry Prorsum trench coat! But since that’s a little out of our budget (at least mine), we will be embracing this trend with our feet!
- Naked sandals, ASOS
- Mirror slippers, Nicholas Kirkwood
- Snakeskin heels. Stella McCartney
- Flat sandals, Jimmy Choo
- Snakeskin pumps, Jimmy Choo
Of course we had to showcase this trend! And while I’m still not embracing the black and white stripes garments (I’m sure I’ll grow to love them, just not yet), when it comes to shoes, monochromatic sure is my cup of tea! A pair of pumps is the safest way to go, but brogues? Now brogues, brogues are the ultimate dapper twist, the cherry on top the cake!
- Lace-up pumps, Jason Wu
- Creepers, Alexander McQueen
- Ankle strap sandals, Nicholas Kirkwood
- Oxford shoes, Reed Krakoff
- Two-tone pumps, 3.1 Phillip Lim
The sandal with the barely there heel might have been a geek thing years ago, this season, it’s the new black! You can go for the mini wedge or the square heel, or both! The more the merrier!
- Scalloped sandals, Lanvin
- Red sandals, Maison Martin Margiela
- Two-tone wedges, Pierre Hardy
- Golden heel sandals, Marni
- Bow wedges, Valentino
Sadly for me (and all those powdery lovers out there), pastels are not as big as they were last Spring when it comes to the clothing department. Thankfully, when it comes to accessories, specially shoes, they are a must-have! The staple? A pretty and perfect pair of pastel pumps!
- Apple pumps, Rupert Sanderson
- Baby pink heels, Miu Miu
- Studded heels, Valentino
- Bow pumps, Bottega Veneta
- Two tone Pigalle, Christian Louboutin
Bondage is really happening this Spring (and no, it’s got nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Shit) and in an S&M sea of leather, slits and harnesses, we can also find the cutout heels. No, I’m not talking about latex, lace-up, tranny boots, but chic and somewhat racy heeled sandals.
- Black wedges, Christian Louboutin
- Nude cutouts, Alaia
- Two-tone sandals, Tory Burch
- White heels, Oscar de la Renta
- Black sandals, Zara
Leopard print is not considered a trend anymore, it’s a regular. It’s funny how I’m always drawn to it every time I’m shoe shopping! I’m sure I’m not the only one out the with the animal print syndrome. For this Spring, lace-up sandals are the way to go and kitten heels (kitten heels just keep getting better and better).
- Pumps, Mulberry
- Kitty flats, Charlotte Olympia
- Lace-up sandals, Zara
- Slingbacks, Zara
- Leopard espadrilles, Brian Atwood
Ah, the beauty of embellishments! This season, screw Cinderella! Score a pair of bejeweled and sparkly shoes to feel like the princess you truly are. My advice? Match them to prints and textures for a fun twist. Remember, more is more!
- Blue sandals, Gucci
- Sparkly pumps, Zara
- Rhinestone pumps, Moschino
- T-bar pumps, Mulberry
- Platform sandals, Lanvin
We have been patiently waiting for Baz Lhurmann’s The Great Gatsby. Our anxiety grows and grows with all those Miuccia Prada sketches, the trailers and the teasers, and of course, the fashion. This will be a movie that will unleash a bunch of trends, and shoes are one of them.
- T-bar heels, Robert Clergerie
- Deco sandals, Jimmy Choo
- Stripe sandals, Saint Laurent
- Gold heel sandals, Zara
- T-bar nude pumps, Asos
Leave it to fashion to turn clear PVC into a must-have! Clear heels used to be for those girls who work the pole at Uncle Jim’s Boobie Bungalow, but not anymore! If you are not keen on the plastic shoe, but you still wanna embrace the trend, get a pair of shoes with an acrylic heel.
- Happy pumps, Sophia Webster
- Red pumps, Gianvito Rossi
- Bow sandals, Nicholas Kirkwood
- White ankle straps, Manolo Blahnik
- Acrylic heels, ASOS
Last but not least, the sexiest and boldest trend of the bunch (and a personal favorite): the new gladiators! High heeled, flat, with laces, your choice! The key? Go as tall as tall can get. Your thigh is the limit!
- Black, Jimmy Choo
- Two-tone, Bionda Castana
- Flat, Grey Mer
- Lace-up, Aquazzura
Ready to go shoe shopping for the coming season? Now you know what to get! Ready for Fashion Week? I’m already working on it!
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
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