Warm weather kept teasing us for weeks, and now that it seems to have settled in for the next several months, spring and summer shoes are even more appealing.
Flat sandals and open-toe wedges are staples when temperatures heat up, but this season's offering is so much more than the expected. Transparent accents, block heels, menswear inspirations, mixed media and some of the boldest colors imaginable promise to make each step more fun.
Here's a look at the trends and styles that are going to get us through another Oklahoma summer. Sit back, kick off your shoes and imagine slipping your feet into a pair of these.
See-through. The transparent or Lucite look is really popular this season. Jellies have been making a comeback for years, and now the see-through trend has skipped over to espadrilles, wedges, pumps and platforms, said Betsy King, shoe buyer for Balliets. Look for clear heels, straps and accents.
Block heels, chunky heels and platforms. Anyone remember the last time block heels were popular? High or low, it's a fun look, King said. “What I love about this retro trend is the stability that comes with it. This heel offers flare with balance. No more teetering.”
Chunky heels and platforms are a good pairing.
“They make a shoe comfortable and stable at any height and can also be found in new materials such as wood and Lucite,” Standerfer said.
Hot colors. Your go-with-everything shoe doesn't have to be black this season, Standerfer said. A pink-purple suede bootie, for example, is spot-on this year as a basic. Wear with a neutral outfit or pair with a contrasting floral, she said. Get ready for an assault of color with pink, purple, orange, cobalt, green and yellow.
Classic pumps and pointed toes. They never go out of style in any height, but sharp-toed pumps are making a strong showing this year, Standerfer said. Platforms are shrinking, making room for the clean, elegant lines of single-sole pumps. Some of the heels heights are even more manageable. Of course, there will always a 5-inch heel. Designers are simply offering more options, King said.
Menswear styling and sexy ankle straps. Menswear inspiration is strong and continues through fall. The oxford and smoking slipper are great alternatives to the ballet flat, King said. Some styles are masculine with perforation or spectator detail. Others use bows and jewels for a feminine twist. Speaking of feminine, ankle straps are on everything from heels to flats to wedges.
Metallics and animal prints. Both are classics and never stray far from a woman's closet. Metallic is considered a neutral, making it more of a staple. Rose gold is the newest shiner in the family. Like metallics, animal prints are always in the mix. This summer, it's more about snakeskin.
Mixed media. Shoes that showcase multiple colors, textures and prints are big this season, Standerfer said. Expect to see suede mixed with patent or raffia paired with nappa leather. The more texture the better, King said. “On that note, suede and patent have officially become seasonless. Patent in fall and suede in spring,” she said.
Prints and patterns. Take your pick of florals, stripes and checkered linens. “Some assume you have to pair a patterned shoe with a solid outfit,” King said. “I disagree. I love the mixing of prints head to toe. You just want to make sure you keep your patterns in proportion. If you do a large busy print dress or outfit, pair it with a smaller patterned shoe and vice versa.”
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