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When it comes to shoes, I believe the 4 billion women on this planet all share an intimate, spiritual sisterly connection (trust me, this past weekend at Barneys' half-year sale proved it); and if there were female aliens (or zombies!) we would most likely bond over our mutual unwavering love for shoes, too. With that being said, we understand how much you value your daily dose of shoe porn, so here are four spring trends along with our splurge versus steal picks that guarantee to deliver a good shoe-gasm. You're welcome.
1. Strappy/Ankle Cuff
Remember style icon mainstay Alexa Chung's outfit at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition just a couple days back? Totally drooling over her Valentino ankle-strap-chunky-heel pumps! The très chic British celeb/TV show host presents la perfect way to style one of the hottest shoe trends this spring—and although these straps might cut off our legs and make us look like dwarfs because we don't have chopstick legs like Alexa does, they are still a must-try!
Our Splurge: Jungle 4 Heeled Sandals by Opening Ceremony, $424.44
Time to take a break from your regular black, brown and neutral shoes! White shoes are white-hot this spring and summer; not only are they refreshing, subtle statement pieces to enhance your outfit, but also very easy to mix and match—just remember to stay away from the potholes on the roads!
Thanks to Madame Chanel for visualizing the perfect hybrid of ladylikeness and edginess and bringing it to life! Cap-toes—whether they are ballet flat or pumps—are great for adding a touch of character and jolliness to your regular shoes. This season, designers have gone more daring and ventured into metallic tips and color-blocking.
Our Steal: Montreal Fuchsia Sparkle Tweed Flats by Promise, $24
Is it just me, or do perspex heels remind you of Cinderella as well? Perspex is a kind of acrylic resins that can be transparent or colored; the ones that are trending right now range from both ends, depending on your desire for the minimalism-meets-glass-slippers chic or the summer-day-popsicle freshness. Either way, we suggest to go with the chunky heel—or wedges—for a more modern and playful look!
Our Splurge: Perspex-heeled two-tone satin sandals by Stella McCartney, $615
Our Steal: Leather Perspex Flatforms by ASOS Wilson, $113.7