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Stepping out well-heeled

Creators Syndicate
Modified: February 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013

Mix it up - Footwear takes another cue from the art world this spring with designers using a mixed media approach combining lots of contrasting textured materials, colors and even prints to make shoes that make a bold statement. Think snakeskin with mesh, cutout leather and even lace.

Walk like a man - Whether it's a spectator loafer or a lace-up oxford or a smoking slipper, the menswear-inspired shoe is one of the season's favorite silhouettes, and most likely one of the most versatile buys for spring.

Focus on heels - From chunky heeled sandals to stiletto heeled booties to pointed Lucite wedges, the heel is the focal point of many of spring's trendiest footwear.

Up to your knees - Forget those knee-high boots you've worn all winter. What's a spring and summer fashion "must-have" shopping list without a pair of new sandals? The latest look this year proves to be the knee-high strappy gladiator sandals. What a great way to fight those winter shoe blues!