Spring's Sole Mates

Photo courtesy Coach.

You never have to convince me to buy new shoes. While I consider myself to be pretty responsible in most areas of my life, my self-control around strappy sandals, beautiful boots and pointy-toe pumps is nil. No really, the effort it takes me to walk past a shoe store without going inside is enough to make me feel like I've run 5K. And when I hear of a shoe sale, I self-impose a restraining order so I won't allow myself to come within 100 metres of the place. The fashion police are waiting. And by fashion police, I mean my husband.

I guess it could be worse. I mean, of all the addictions a person could have, shoes are pretty harmless. They're pink, and have bows and pretty little heels. I mean seriously, how dangerous can they really be? 

Love shoes, too? Read up on spring's top shoe trends (already starting to file into stores - yay!) to get a lovely jump on the new season. Happy shoe shopping! Sigh...isn't it always?

 

1. THINK PINK

SPRING SHOE TREND: Pointy-Toe Pastel Flats

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Narciso Rodriguez, Valentino

WHY WE LOVE THEM:

While we love the ease of a perfect ballet flat, they don't always feel all that sexy. We love these cross-strap beauties with their smart silver snaps - both beautiful and easy to wear all spring and summer long.

OUR PICK: Bone Suede Flats, $70, ALDO

2. LOCKER ROOM

SPRING SHOE TREND: Gym Sandals and Birkenstocks

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Givenchy, Celine, Marc Jacobs, Marni

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Jolie-laide sandals are everywhere right now, particularly at New York Fashion Week where even the most fashionable editors were gushing over Birkenstocks. Comfy sandals that are right on trend? Y.E.S.

 OUR PICK:  Leather Velcro Sandals, $90, ALDO (also available in blue - very Suno)


3. WHITE OUT

SPRING SHOE TREND: White Plimsoll Sneakers

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: ICB

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Plimsolls have reached a fever pitch in the shoe world and are loved for their athletic ease for everyday. We particularly love the bright white versions for adding a touch of tennis club chic to any of our summer shorts and dresses.

OUR PICK: Perforated Sneakers, $35, Spring


 

4. PRINTS CHARMING

SPRING SHOE TREND: Printed Brogues

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Peter Som

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Borrowed-from-the-boys styling and classic stripes combine in a shoe that we simply can't resist. We'll wear these nautical brogues all spring with all of our cropped pants and dresses.

OUR PICK: Striped Canvas Oxfords, $59.95, Gap


5. HI HO SILVER

SPRING SHOE TREND: Silver Flats

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Like your old ballet flats, but way, way cooler, silver ankle-strap flats help you look like you've made an effort, no matter what you're wearing everywhere else.

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Pointy Slingback Flat, $28, American Eagle

6. AREN'T YOU GLAD?

SPRING SHOE TREND: Gladiator Sandals

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Derek Lam

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Each spring, gladiator sandals seem to be on trend which means this is one classic style you should really try out. If you don't feel brave enough to wear tall gladiators, either opt for a less obvious colour like brown or tan, or try a shorter pair on for size.

OUR PICK: Black Gladiator Sandals, $50, Spring


7. TO THE POINT

SPRING SHOE TREND: Florals

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Rebecca Minkoff, Mulberry, Lanvin Hermes

WHY WE LOVE THEM: For those of us who prefer to keep our prints to a minimum, a pair of floral flats is a perfect way to inject some personality into our outfits. We can't wait to bust these out the minute the snow melts.

OUR PICK: Floral Pointy Flats, $39.95, Gap


8. WILD, WILD WEST

SPRING SHOE TREND: Cowboy Boots

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Chanel Pre-Fall 2014

WHY WE LOVE THEM: We might be getting ahead of ourselves here, but these starry cowboy boots are like the Chanel Pre-Fall runway come to life. With music festival season around the corner, we think now is the perfect time to pick these beauties up.

OUR PICK:  Bed Stu Gazelle Western Boot, $213, American Eagle

9. SHUFFLE ON

SPRING SHOE TREND: Mules and Clogs

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rachel Comey, Tibi

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Mules are one of the most talked-about shoe trends of Spring '14 and while there aren't many mules in stores yet, just wait a few weeks and see. This spring it's all about showing your achilles heel.

OUR PICK: Modern Wedge, $60, Spring

10. NEW HEIGHTS

SPRING SHOE TREND: Wooden Platform Sandals

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Michael Kors, Jill Stuart

WHY WE LOVE THEM: If Jennifer Aniston could be a shoe, we think she'd be this platform sandal (okay, fine, probably a more expensive version). Friendly, approachable, yet undeniably beautiful, these shoes are like the gorgeous girl-next-door.

OUR PICK: Platform Sandals, $70, ALDO

11. MAJOR LASER

SPRING SHOE TREND: Laser-Cut Heels

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Christian Louboutin

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Every woman deserves a pair of super sexy shoes and while you might not technically 'need' these laser-cut stunners, they'll pay for themselves every single time you slip them on. Me-ow.

OUR PICK: Laser-Cut Pumps, $180, Vince Camuto at Town Shoes

12. FOR THE SPORT

SPRING SHOE TREND: White Heels

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Alexander Wang, Erdem, Jason Wu

WHY WE LOVE THEM: With all the Sochi talk this year, athletic-inspired clothes were a huge hit with designers for Spring '14. These perforated white shooties are sleek and sporty but most definitely designed for spectator sports.

OUR PICK: Perforated Shooties, $80, ALDO

13. LUCK BE A LADY

SPRING SHOE TREND: Low-Heeled Ladylike Pumps

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Kate Spade

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Sky-high heels look amazing in pics but in practise? Well, let's just say that if you have to walk anywhere, they can be like mini torture chambers for your toes.  Low ladylike heels have made a big comeback for spring, letting us (and our hard-working feet) breathe a sigh of relief.

OUR PICK: Camille D'Orsay Heel, $198, Coach

14. GRAPHIC CONTENT

SPRING SHOE TREND: Graphic Black & White Pumps

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Sophia Webster for J.Crew

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Whether you're wearing neutrals or bold brights, a graphic black & white shoe will instantly dial up your look.  

OUR PICK: Graphic Pumps, $185, Ivanka Trump at Town Shoes

 

15. VITAMIN C

SPRING SHOE TREND: Orange

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Chanel, Prabal Gurung, Givenchy

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Next to purple, orange is top hue for Spring '14. Since orange makes such a huge statement, we think these pumps would just enough juicy pop to our khakis, whites and navy blues.

OUR PICK: Orange Croco-Print Pumps, $50, Spring 


16. BRIGHT ON

SPRING SHOE TREND: Primary Bright Sandals

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: Burberry Prorsum

WHY WE LOVE THEM: Life's too short (and our Canadian summers are waaaay too short) to wear boring shoes. If you're guilty of picking black every time, pick up a pair of primary bright sandals this summer - you'll be surprised how very versatile they can be (think patios, docks, lounge chairs, even yachts).

OUR PICK: Lexey Heel, $248, Coach