As spring has FINALLY come to NYC I find myself itching to bust out any shoe that isn’t a boot, or a shoe that gives total coverage. If you live out west, or anywhere that’s been above 35 degrees well lucky you, you’re way ahead of the game. Spring/Summer/Resort collections with shoes can be a challenge to keep up with. There are so many and they’re setting the tone back in February for what you’ll be wearing in July. If you’re investing in a designer strappy sandal the decision can feel like Sophies Choice. Espadrilles have been all over, they’re even driving the wedge trend with their straw detailing. So when one wants to add a few different assortments into the shoerobe where do you start?
Jimmy Choo ‘Lythe’. Athleticism at it’s finest. Many designers have tried to tackle this trend. Jimmy Choo just kicked the door down with this. What I fall over myself for with this sandal is the color blocking on the sandal is one could rock for years to come. Also the sole is rubber, so it’s not as delicate as a leather sole one might find on many strappy sandals. Psssst it’s also been out for awhile which means you may see it go on sale after Memorial day. One can pray to the shoe gods can’t they?
The espadrille craze. I mean you would think these shoes are made of gold not straw. I have never seen people drop $600 plus on a straw driven shoe like the Chanel Espadrille. What I do like that is being changed across the board with espadrilles is that foot support, and an actual shoe sole is being added to these kicks. Always, always look at the bottom and make sure it’s not a woven sole…if you’re buying them to walk a lot in you will not get far. The espadrille driven wedge is not excluded from this either.
Chloe Gladiator Sandal. While Chloe may be known for their delicate, scalloped ballet flat their other shoes are not to be over looked. In a trend people thought would only stay for a season, it’s a repeat offender at this point. I don’t think it should be categorized as trend anymore, and instead a shoe staple. From ankle to knee high styles these gladiators fought their way into shoe lovers soles, and should be crowned the flat sandal to rock.
The slip on sneaker. I adore my Vince slip on sneakers so much I find myself wearing them far more then I ever thought I would. Quick, easy, comfortable, and more support than a ballet flat these are go to’s when running errands.
Platforms are back! While Brian Atwood has always mastered this look, it is in full swing this year. Everywhere you look you will see a fantastic chunky heel maybe paired with a single sole, or a rocking platform. From the bottom of my sole if you want to rock a look like this it is Atwood or bust.