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Winter is upon us, which can only mean one thing for the ever-moving world of fashion: Spring shoes are just around the corner and a heap of new trends is going to come with it. It’s intimidating, but have no fear! While you’ve been zipping up your knee high boots, we’ve been hot on the trail of the best shoe styles of the upcoming season. Even though it was difficult to narrow it down, here are the trends we’re most looking forward to for Spring 2014:

Mules: Not to be confused with the animal, mules are shoes characterized by their exposed heel and this Spring 2014 season they are everywhere. Backless shoes are a trend everyone can rock, as they come in a myriad of heights. We spotted them on the catwalks of mega-brands Alexander Wang, Chloé, Stella McCartney, and Céline. Our faves? Of course, Gianvito Rossi is the master of the mule – he even designed Altuzarra’s gorgeous runway mules – but, we also can’t help but love  Monique Lhuillier’s gorgeous use of PVC in her heel-baring designs and Christian Louboutin’s bead-embellished creations.

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Placid Blue: This icy-toned blue is one of Pantone’s top picks for the Spring 2014 season. Dubbed “placid blue,” this hue does indeed have a calming and serene quality about it and designers latched onto it for their warmer weather designs. Used as both the main color and as an accenting neutral, we love the way this normally subversive color is taking control this season. From the curved heel of Walter Steiger’s glorious pump to Miu Miu’s chunky heeled platform, this color has proven itself to be much more than an Easter egg favorite.

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Freesia: As if to tell placid blue to move over and share the stage, this Pantone pick is a blazing yellow that commands attention. Freesia is the color of electric citrus, and where placid blue is a blue sky, freesia is the smoldering sun. Just a glimpse at the color instantly energizes you, which is why it isn’t surprising that designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Prada, ShoeRazzi favorite Jerome C. Rousseau, and John Galliano (spotted on the trendy heels of Rita Ora) have all utilized this vibrant color. After all, there is no better way to add a kick of ferocity to an outfit than with a sick pair of shoes!

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Sporty: This spring, the femininity of high heels are combining with an unexpected element: sportiness. We briefly delved into this trend in our recap of the hottest shoes on the Milanese runways, but this trend is proving to be much more than a footnote. Whether it’s through the use of athletic materials such as perforated leather (Daniele Michetti), woven nylon (Balenciaga), and neoprene (John Galliano), or through design like Emilio Pucci’s padded leather straps, Prada’s rubber bumpers and sole, or Christian Dior’s sneaker laces, it’s clear that one of the hottest trends of Spring 2014 is combining urban style with luxury.

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Funky Embellishments: For the past couple seasons, wild embellishments have been a designer standby to make their shoes really stand out, and this season is no different. We’re seeing a wealth of extravagant and unique embellishments that are making classic shoe designs total statement makers. From Sophia Webster’s spunky and vibrant butterfly wings to Bionda Castana’s ingenious use of lace and silicone to create a leopard print, using embellishments is the go-to way to make your shoes the most enviable soles on the block. Christian Louboutin even got in on the trend with his darling doorknocker embellishments and that’s how you know it’s a must-follow trend.

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Floral Appliqué: Along the same vein of embellishments, another incredibly popular trend during this upcoming spring and summer season is the use of floral appliqués. It makes sense when you think about it: what better way to celebrate warm weather’s flowers and gorgeous variety of colors than using those very vessels of vibrancy as shoe-spiration? The flowers range from subtle (Christian Dior, Brian Atwood) to a veritable bouquet (we’re looking at you Aperlai and Kotur!), but no matter the size of the flower, we love the elegance and femininity it effortlessly conveys.

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Beaded: By this time, you’re probably sensing a theme: next season is all about personality-filled shoes. The more accoutrements the better. Following the shoe jewelry trend (shoewlry? We’ll work on a name for this, we promise), some of the hottest shoes you’ll be seeing in Spring 2014 are ornately beaded works of footwear art. Emilio Pucci’s Masai-inspired beading is picture perfect, Paul Andrew’s floral inspiration combines two trends in one pump, and Aperlai’s caviar beaded platform shoes – seen on Willow Shields during The Hunger Games: Catching Fire press tour – is edgy while still being darling. However, the shoe that takes the bead-embellished cake is definitely Jerome C. Rousseau’s multi-beaded, multi-dimensional heel, which is sure to turn heads.

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Written by Shannon Weston



When warmer climates arrive, the boots get stored away and cheery sandals (strappier the better) come out to play. I love a classic court shoe but the brighter & more playful spring shoes are always my favorites.

Style.com’s Spring 2014 Accessories Index was just released and market director Marina Larroudé reveals the news on shoes spotlighting 10 standout styles. Her selections focus on several upcoming footwear trends including mules, sporty sandals and kitten-heel pumps.

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I’ve named Isabel Marant’s latest creation the moccanstock since they’re a hybrid of a moccasin combined with a Birkenstock-style footbed. Gianvito Rossi solidified the spotlight again this season with his super sexy mules – which he also designed for Altuzarra.

Sporty shoes covered the runways at Milan Fashion Week and the most obvious example of this trend is Prada’s athletic-inspired heels featuring thick rubber bumpers. My favorite choice from Larroudé’s list is Tabitha Simmons super strappy pump in white leather; I imagine these look amazing on the foot.

My top picks:
As usual, my selections are all about the heels and this season they’re especially different from the editor’s picks. I can never pass up a hot shoe! There were so many styles pulling at my heartstrings, it was difficult narrowing this down to 10.

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Gianvito Rossi is the “master of the mule” and I love the mirrored leather combined with black python. Fendi’s silicone sandals are architecturally amazing and check out the industrial caged “double heels”. I adore Charlotte Olympia’s “Overboard” sea-inspired collection and yes, those are upside down mermaid heels! Diego Dolcini’s strappy sandal is a signature style redesigned in a trendy violet tulip neoprene and captivating shade of indigo.

Many more top shoes:
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Burak Uyan booties | 115mm/4.5″ heel | shop online at Forward by Elyse Walker for $947

I featured these beautiful two-tone suede booties in my ‘top fall shoes’ post. They’re from the Fall ’13 collection featuring royal purple suede panels, cut-out front design trimmed with contrasting turquoise suede, almond toe, small beveled platform, nude leather insole and tonal back-zip. Half sizes are available.

Celebrity fans of the brand include Dakota Fanning, Jaimie Alexander & more recently Rita Ora, whose funky style easily complements the standout design of Uyan’s shoes.

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Rita Ora wore Burak Uyan platform sandals to the 2013 GQ Men Of The Year Awards. These shoes are from the Spring 2013 collection featuring black suede, patent leather strap and glitter fabric. They’re available (on sale!) in pink at Yoox & The Corner.

She was another best-dressed wearing an Etro Fall 2013 long sleeve gown embellished with black & yellow micro-beading. Even though Rita’s graphic kaleidoscope-inspired dress was a statement in and of itself she perfected her look with a glamorous one-sided coif, mod eye makeup and velvet flocked spiral earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Rita.

Credit: Lexie Appleby/Future Image/WENN.com

It’s become tradition – every season I enjoy looking through the Accessories Index at Style.com and selecting my top 10 shoe picks.

First, these are market director Marina Larroudé’s top choices:
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I would love to know what’s on your must-have list. Sophia Webster’s embroidered boot is such a standout! Another easy addition to my list was the crystal-embellished sandal by Tabitha Simmons – it’s so stunning. Not surprisingly, Ms.Olivia Palermo has already snatched up & worn the beautiful Madison feather pumps.

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I’ve been collecting lookbooks and making notes of trends all summer – a giant fall trends post is coming up next.

I’m also working on a personal post of the shoes I’ve been wearing recently & I promise it will be posted soon. X



Noticeable Spring/Summer 2013 shoe trends:

Iridescence

This reflective technique was the first trend I noticed. Designers have used it on both snakeskin and patent leather. It’s also seen in Dior and Pierre Hardy’s collections (not pictured).

Stella McCartney seems to be one step ahead & if you can’t wait until spring, she designed a faux-leather iridescent pump available at Bergdorf Goodman.

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Mixed Media Madness
There are several obvious examples of this mixed media trend and I chose designs featuring 3 or more different materials. The styles below are colorful and show the designers’ playful side.

For me, the combination of different textures & colors is a hit-or-miss. Christian Louboutin uses mixed media wildly throughout his collection.

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Embroidery

I love embroidered details, they give a fun, special touch. Barbara Bui and Balmain have several styles completely embroidered whereas Rupert Sanderson & Isa Tapia feature parts of the shoe embroidered with tropical birds.

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Colorful Lace

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Nectarine

Looking through Style.com’s Accessories Index I’ve spotted several orangey tones. Then I saw nectarine listed on the Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report which has also migrated to footwear. Nectarine has a warm coral touch and is also a skin flattering tone.

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** Read Part II of the Spring 2013 trends post**

Images via BPCM, Walter Steiger, Sophia Webster, WWD & Style.com



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Burak Uyan platform pump | 4.7″ heel & 1.2″ platform | buy online at Stylebop $710

These beautiful sapphire blue pumps are from the Fall 2012 collection. They feature a soft almost toe, hidden platform, thick tapered heel, leather lining and black leather sole.

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This fall & into Resort 2013 we are seeing several swirly, zig-zag and angular designs in footwear. Pictured above is a sneak peek at Sergio Rossi’s fun Resort 2013 collection that was just presented this week (image via Style.com’s Instagram).

Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung from the Resort 2013 collection; available at Moda Operandi
Tabitha Simmons Pennant sandal from the Resort 2013 collection; available at Moda Operandi
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Sophia Webster from her debut Spring 2013 collection | Christian Louboutin Fall 2012 lattice sandal
Burak Uyan blue suede sandal from the Fall 2012 collection | Ralph Lauren Collection Fall 2012 gold lattice & black suede sandal | Aperlai Fall 2012 suede boot from the Fall 2012 collection

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Gabrielle Union wore Burak Uyan geometric platform sandals while doing an interview on “Extra” at The Grove in LA. These heels are from the Spring 2012 collection and available online at LuisaViaRoma & in python print at Stylebop. We last saw Gabrielle in beautiful Gianvito Rossi wedges and now in Burak Uyan – I love her shoe collection! Check out more shoes spotted on Gabrielle.

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Here are the latest This Reminds Me of That shoes I’ve compiled. Several shoes are from the latest Spring 2012 collections; hope you enjoy!

Roger Vivier platform sandal | Burak Uyan geometric sandal

Rene Caovilla feather embellished sandal |  B Brian Atwood Laracca sandal

Lanvin Virgule pump | Casadei blade pump

Jimmy Choo green suede Vamp platform sandal, in nude & black suede at Nordstrom | Ballin green suede sandal

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