It's not quite Spring weather where I live in Kansas, but it's never too early to put your mind on Spring! While my favorite season is Winter and I would rather wear boota year-round over sandals and wedges anyday, I've decided to take the time to highlight some of the spring shoe trends I'm looking forward to! I'm using the Spring issue of W Magazine and the March InStyle Magazine as my spring shoe guide. Both issues are on newsstands now! The Spring Shoe Trends post will be a two-part series! All of the shoes featured in this post are available at Forever 21 and Forever21.com!
That old pair of clogs deep in your mom's closet? Dust them off and pull them out! (If you're lucky enough to wear your mom's shoe size like me!) This 70's shoe trend that made a brief appearance in the early 2000's is back (and possibly here to stay!) Clogs first started making an appearance on NYFW's Spring/Summer 2016 runway this past autumn! This shoe can be worn year-round with a thick sock in the winter and barefoot in the cooler Spring/Summer days. If you're not quite ready for a Spring shoe, you can opt for the clog boot! Create a fun boho look by pairing clogs with bell bottom jeans and a flowly top or poncho! But buyer beware, not all clogs are comfortable clogs and these shoes weren't made for walking and being on your feet for extended periods of time.
I first started seeing mules at the end of last summer and fell in love with this shoe. Another 70's trend, this shoe trend also made an appearance in the 90's and early 2000's. Mules are slip on shoes that provide both comfort and style. They are very versitile and can be dressed up or down, and work well with a dress, a short outfit or jeans. Stay tuned to The Mod Little Melanin for a DIY with mules!
When most hear the word slingback, they picture the dreaded shoe they wore to their 9th grade homecoming dance that they wouldn't be caught dead in today (or at least I do). Get that image out of your head! Slingbacks are back and better than ever! When combined with a platform heel, slingbacks become a sleek and sophisticated shoe that is perfect for pairing with a maxi dress in the Spring! Platforms also make a very comfortable shoe to wear for a night out!
I posted the America the Beautiful Cutout Sandal from Shop Hope's on my blog about a month ago, and knew this would be a popular shoe trend! Thankfully, I was able to get the shoe for only $9.00. Cutout sandals are a great upgrade to your typical Spring/Summer sandal. This shoe adds sophistication to any outfit and is a more appropriate sandal for work and a dressier occassion. It's the perfect "coming of age" sandal to transition your closet from college girl to a young professional woman.
Remember the jelly shoe you wore in the 90's with every single outfit? It's back and my favorite summer shoe! I have this look in a platform shoe I purchased from DSW for $10.00 last year. Similar jelly shoes are sold at Urban Outfitters for $60.00 (cringe), but you can get a pair of jellies from Forever 21 for a low as $9.90. This shoe goes perfect with a "grunge" look (which I'll highlight in a later blog post), or a sweet Spring/Summer look.
Part two of my Spring Shoe Trends series will be up on Wednesday, March 30th! Stay tuned for more from The Mod Little Melanin!
- Chelsea Nicole, The Mod Little Melanin
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