You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit obsessed with shoes lately. I guess it’s not so radical – it’s a new season, and I’m guessing that you, like me, feel a little bit like a butterfly emerging from her chrysalis. We’ve shed our winter darks, sweaters, boots, and coats, and we are ready to show our colors, a little skin, and wear SOMETHING DIFFERENT! When the season carries us into a warmer, sunnier time, we finally get to relegate our socks to their drawer, try a new fun polish color on our toes, and have fun with spring shoe styles. Yay!
Spring and summer shoe styles this year seem to have finally integrated a new feature. It’s called comfort. What a concept! A few years ago I decided that I’d gotten to a place in my life that deserved comfortable footwear. This has become my “must have” when I’m shoe shopping. I don’t know if that makes me sound old, or if we are all, as a female collective regardless of age, done with wearing shoes that are uncomfortable.
Most of the spring and summer shoe styles that I’m sharing with you today, fill the comfortable requirement. Designers will likely never completely abandon shoe styles that challenge women’s ability to walk, but it’s refreshing to see so many great styles that seem to be made with real women in mind.
Here are 8 great looking, stylish, and easy-to-wear spring and summer shoe styles:
Perforated shoes are everywhere (you may have noticed). Perforated styles are designed with small holes in the leather or fabric and are available in spring shoe styles from sneakers to booties to pumps. They provide the opportunity to wear a shoe that is “more shoe” than a sandal, but still be spring and summer appropriate.
Block heel shoes feature heels that are one inch or higher and are thick and, well, blocky. They are available this season in everything from sandals to booties. I have two pairs of block heel sandals that I’ve been hanging on to for about 15 years. I don’t really know why I have felt compelled to keep these particular shoes, maybe because they were comfortable, but I was convinced that they’d eventually come back into style, and finally they have! (They are pictured in the photo at the top of this post – I think they’ll pass for stylish this season!) Block heels are really easy to wear, and since they come in higher heels as well, it does make wearing a 3 or 4 inch heel actually doable.
The ankle wrap style has come and gone as a style trend, like anything in fashion I guess. This season, we are seeing it in both casual and dressy styles: flat sandals, espadrilles, flats, and dressy shoes. The name of the style says it all: These are shoes with straps or ties that wrap around the ankle. I don’t have any ankle wrap styles because I don’t think they flatter my leg, but they are really fun and a great spring shoe trend to try.
Traditionally, boot season ends when spring and summer arrive. Well, unless you live near San Francisco, where the spring and summer season can feel like fall and winter (hence the familiar quote “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”). Enter peep-toe booties.
Peep-toe booties are my recent spring shoe style crush. I remember seeing them quite a bit last year, but, as I’ve mentioned before, I usually don’t jump on a new trend for about a year or so. I’m working toward getting outside of my box on that. But, anyway, this is my year to love the look!
I guess I just love that there’s something to wear that isn’t a sandal or a platform or a flat. I just bought my first pair (I’ve shown them a few times here on this site, and on the Dez & Dot Facebook page and Instagram. You might say I’m a bit infatuated.
There are so many peep-toe booties out there, including many with the perforated trend. Oh – I just saw a red perforated pair while I was researching for this post, and they’re pretty cool. I’m beginning to have a better understanding of Imelda Marcos (Philippines First Lady from 1965-86, who was purported to have between 1,200 and 3,000 pairs of shoes).
I’m just waiting for a fresh pedicure to try out my new spring shoe style!
Platform style shoes have a long history with their beginnings estimated in ancient Greece and spanning the middle ages, mid-century, and the disco era. They are still a fashionable and popular style. Platform shoes are defined as a shoe with a very thick sole. It’s the thickness of the sole underneath the toe box rather than the heel of the shoe that determines whether or not a shoe is a platform. So platforms can include wedge and flatform styles as well.
My favorite platforms are a style I purchased last spring – 3 pairs of the same platform sandal style in different colors! So you know they were SUPER comfortable, plus versatile and cute (pictured above with a few pairs of spring shoe styles from my personal wardrobe).
Sneaker style shoes have been sneaking their way into fashion for a long time now (okay – sorry – corny pun intended). We are now seeing celebrities and fashion forward women wearing them with both casual and dressy looks. They are available in all kinds of materials (canvas, woven, leather) and as slip-ons and tie shoes. I’m kind of a fan of sneakers. I really like the slip-on styles and in a past post shared my love of Bucketfeet with you (Bucketfeet – Cool Shoes!). I recently added an inexpensive pair (from the Gap) of pink perforated, thick sole slip-ons and am looking forward to incorporating them into my spring and summer shoe wardrobe.
The mule is a style of shoe that is backless and often closed-toed. Mules can be any heel height – from flat to high. Mules have been around forever (think Barbie circa 1959). What I love about the new mules for spring are the loafer style mules. This shoe is easy to wear and is great for a casual weekend look with jeans or a skirt and just as appropriate for a work look.
Kitten heels have been in style for some time. But now they seem to be “officially sanctioned” as a spring shoe style trend. Kitten heels are very feminine and make wearing pumps and dressy styles comfortable.
The Urban Dictionary defines kitten heels this way: A kitten heel is a stiletto heel of less than 2 inches in height. They were introduced in the late 1950s as formal fashion attire for young adolescent teenage girls because higher heels would have been considered unseemly for girls as young as 13 because of the sexual connotations (boy, have things changed!). By the early 1960s they became fashionable for older teenagers and eventually for women of all ages until the demise of the stiletto heel in the late 1960s. They emerged again in the 1980s and have become once again fashionable since 2003.
Have fun exploring all the spring and summer shoe styles that are abundant in stores and online. Then choose a pair or two to perk up your spring wardrobe.