Spring 2014 Top 5 Shoe Trends

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is just around the corner, and with the warmer weather, many of us have been anxiously awaiting the chance to store our winter boots and bust out our sandals! It’s that time of year; shorts, dresses, and the all-important pedicure. This season, five major trends are emerging as the must-have’s of Summer foot fashion.
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1. Mules
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Donald J. Pliner Mule
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Left: Donald J. Pliner Gillie Slingback / Right: Vince Camuto Jaso Laser-cut Mules
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Mules are back! They are a great Spring shoe, because the weather can still be a little crisp at times, and mules give you a little extra foot coverage than the average pump. Fashion bloggers and trend-setters are wearing them with skirts and dresses, for a slipped-on-easy look that’s effortless yet ladylike!
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2. Birkenstock styles
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Steve Madden Boundree Sandals
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On Monday, I came home from filming my Shoe Segment clip for KTVB – where I talked about “platform Birkenstocks!” –  to find Lucky Magazine’s Latest Feature on “Flatform” sandals in the mailbox! Now we know what they’re officially called, lol! Yes, Birkenstock-inspired sandals are back in a big way this season. Flat, or platfrom – er, FLATFORM, shoes are a very edgy and deliberate fashion statement. Try them with cropped, full pants or slacks, or with another of this season’s hot trend: fitted overalls!
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3. Pumps
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Vince Camuto Kadri Pumps
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Also straight out of Lucky Magazine, how to wear your pumps with the latest trend in denim: cropped, frayed bootcut jeans! I can’t wait to try this combo. Pumps never really go out of season; high-heeled or kitten-heel, a pointy pump goes with just about anything. (See how I styled my favorite silver pumps from Target here.)
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4. Sneakers
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GB Gianni Bini Low-Key Casual Flats

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shoe segment sneakersLeft: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers / Right: Nike Women´s Free 4.0 Running Shoes

Reebok, Converse, Nike, Vans… All the classic sneakers from the 80’s are making a comeback in fashion! Generally worn in either white or multi colors, I’ve seen bloggers and models wear them ironically with tights and dresses. (Seriously! Check out the article on Fasionista.com here!) I think sneakers as fashion are a GREAT idea, and consider how much more likely you are to take that extra walk around downtown, if you’re in cute sneakers, instead of sky-high heels? Sneakers are cool-looking, and good for you!

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5. Gladiator Sandals
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Left: Steve Madden KC-Maven Gladiators Sandals / Right: Vince Camuto Jamon Gladiator Sandals

 

Gladiators were starting to get big last summer, and their popularity shows no signs of waning! It’s fun to see SO MANY styles inspired by this “ancient” shoe concept, from flat ankle-high sandals to towering boot-types! With that many straps, comfort has to be key; pay close attention to how these shoes feel when you try them on, and be sure to walk around the store a little to make sure they don’t bind or cut into any part of your foot!

 

Above all, remember that no matter what the trends are, the most important thing is to feel comfortable in your own skin. I’m personally not really into mules, but some women adore them and look fantastic in them! If you love it, go for it! It’s about your personal style; what YOU want to do; the fashion “rules” these days are so much more relaxed than in the past.

 

As I learned from fashion mega-star Donald J. Pliner (read my interview with him here!), our shoes should be comfortable, because that affects everything! Those pumps may look hot, but you know what’s NOT hot? Hobbling down the sidewalk like you’re in agonizing pain!
Be yourself. Be-YOU-tiful!
XOXO,
Tanya

 

P.S. Another major trend happening for summer is the laser-cut, lace up pump. They’re showing up everywhere, and they’re super sexy! I’m personally swooning over these TRome Pumps, from the new collaboration between Steve Madden and The Blonde Salad blogger Chiara Ferragni, one of my fashion idols!!! Such stunning shoes; of course they’re designed by Chiara – she’s AMAZING! Check out her entire feature here, with all the gorgeous shoes she collaborated on.
I want them ALL!!!
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Note: All photos taken by me, or courtesy of Dillard’s. All styles shown here are available at your local Dillard’s store, or their website. This is not a “sponsored” post; Dillard’s was super cool to let me borrow these shoes to show on my TV segment, so I took photos of those and pulled the rest from Dillard’s website. Special thanks to Dillard’s of Boise, for helping me out!

 

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