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Finding footwear that is fashionable, comfortable and affordable is challenging in any season, but the pressure is on in warmer months. Feet swell when we spend more time outdoors – even if it is just to go for lunch or a walk during the workday. And in today’s casual environment it is almost expected that we will have bare legs with more revealing shoes, making the right footwear choices even more important.
Happily, this spring and summer there are enticing shoe trends for women of every age; in every heel height from flats to skyscrapers; and at every price point for every budget. You don’t have to spend much for a trend you don’t see yourself wearing next year. On the other hand, for a timeless style, buy the best quality you can afford.
Before you start shopping, remember that your shoe size can change. Have your foot measured – both length and width. Always buy what fits, regardless of the number on the box. Just like clothes in your closet, you may wear a number of different sizes, depending on the brand and style.
Shop late in the day when feet have the greatest tendency to swell. Take advantage of longer days to fit a little shoe shopping in at the end of the work day. Consider a slightly roomier size for hotter conditions, and if your feet are different sizes, buy for the larger one.
Committed shoppers keep notes about brands and sizes – what works and what doesn’t. This is especially helpful when shopping online. If you aren’t sure that an Internet purchase will fit, make sure you can return it. Better yet, look for a site with free returns.
Once you know what size you are and what brands work best, here are the styles to look for this spring and summer.
Elegant pointed toes. In any height they never go out of style, and are particularly prevalent this year. If you crave stilettos but can’t tolerate the height any more, investigate the kitten heel–cute at a lower altitude. Just make sure you can wiggle your toes. Toe impressions should never be visible through the top of a shoe.
Platforms. Popular during the winter, they are now available in summer styles and are an easy way to get height while feeling like you are wearing flats. But your toes should never hang over the sides of your platform (or any other shoe).
Black and white. The post-Memorial Day perennial is turning up this year in clothes, shoes and accessories. In footwear, this year’s offerings go beyond the traditional “spectator” pump to just about any shape or style in black and white.
Neutral nudes. Kate Middleton is keeping the nude shoe trend strong. Keep your L.K. Bennett nude pump, but also look for nude leather, suede and fabric popping up on many of the spring and summer style trends.
Hot colors. Your neutral, workhorse, go-with-everything shoe doesn’t have to be black this season. Try orange, red or yellow as a basic. And if you can go beyond basic, florals and prints were a pretty addition to the spring runway. Wear them with a neutral outfit or pair them with a contrasting floral and remain on trend.
Solid metallics. Buy any color with a shiny finish–no need to limit yourself to silver and gold. Think pink, mint green and red. If all over metallic isn’t your thing, look for a metallic stripe instead.
Short booties. These were the rage during winter and continue to be popular and flattering paired with shorts and skirts. Rubber Wellies aren’t for everyone, especially in warmer climates. But, a solid or floral short rubber boot with the right casual skirt is a fun trend to try before the weather gets too hot. Just don’t try it at the office unless you work in a garden store.
Strappy footwear. With the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise dominating The New York Times Bestseller List, we are seeing spring and summer footwear with a hint of bondage. Straps are turning up in sandals, shoes and even boots. To remain comfortable, look for perforated or laser-cut leather, linen and open-toe strappy styles to give your stylish feet some air. Remain on trend by pairing this style with a summer-weight leather jacket in a bright color or a floral dress.
Oxfords. Dressing from a man’s closet is something we usually associate with fall and winter, but this year you can find a lot of menswear styles in feminine colors for spring and summer. A wingtip with a colored sole is a nice riff on a menswear staple.
Architectural styles. Color blocking, unusual shapes, layering of materials, and metallic decorations abound. If you aren’t ready to go full on into this trend, look for a creatively placed zipper – up the front of the shoe, on the outside of the boot, or up the back of your heel, for some structured flair.
Chunky heels. This is my favorite trend. They make a shoe comfortable and stable at any height. Chunky heels can also be found in new materials such as wood and clear plastic. Higher chunky heels can often provide more stability than a low stiletto, with just as much style and a lot more comfort.
•Remember your arch. Shoes might be the right length and width, but the wrong arch can turn them into pure torture. If you rise up on your toes and the bend in your toe doesn’t match where the shoe bends, the arch is wrong or your foot. Move on.
•Take a short road test. Walk in them before you commit. Make sure your heel doesn’t slip out, the sides don’t gape and your toes aren’t pinched as you walk.
•New shoes should never hurt. Never buy shoes because you think they will feel good after breaking them in. This can lead to bunions, corns and other foot maladies. If they don’t fit when you try them on, try a different size or style. If a company has its shoes manufactured in multiple countries, you may fit those made in one but not another. That’s because each factory has its own set of lasts (forms in the approximate shape of the human foot). Serious footwear fashionistas know what size they are for each of a brand’s different factories.
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