To get THE GOODS for Top Shoe Styles for Spring
Shoes are in Julia Brownstein’s blood. Not only is she the great-granddaughter of Browns founder Benjamin Brownstein, today she is the chain’s Fashion Buyer. Here are her top five footwear trends for spring.
Trend #1. Wild Child
“The boho-chic look is still hot,” says Brownstein. “And there is a ton of different interpretations of the style.” Pick your favourite hippie-inspired style, from Aztec prints, gladiator sandals or beaded accents to earthy wooden wedges.
Celebrity style: Music festivals like Glastonbury and Coachella always attract celebrities such as Kate Moss, Nicole Richie and Kate Hudson (a.k.a. the trifecta of Hollywood bohemia), and they love to dress in their hippie-chic best. To get the look, team tribal-inspired wedges with a floaty maxi-skirt, denim shorts or a crochet dress.
Trend #2. Pastel Palette
Runways showed head-to-toe ensembles in saccharine shades, but for a more low-key look, limit the pastels to shoes. “Try a flat sandal or moccasin in a colour,” suggests Brownstein. “You’ll get the look without being too flashy.” The sweeter the colour, the better. So think macaron yellow, cupcake pink and bonbon lilac.
Celebrity style: Team sky-high heels in a sugary shade with a pair of shorts (or a romper, as seen on Jennifer Lopez) to elevate them to evening-worthy territory. Or, pick one of the season’s simple neutral dresses and infuse it with some flirty appeal thanks to pastel pumps, a styling trick often put into practice by Adriana Lima.
Trend #3. Anchors Away
The nautical influence remains strong as boat shoes, espadrilles and the red-white-and-blue combination top must-have lists. “The espadrille wedge sandal is an essential,” says Brownstein. “It is the ‘it’ shoe of the season, and you can wear it day to night. For maximum versatility, I love a nude patent espadrille.”
Celebrity style: Miranda Kerr was recently spotted in a super-simple striped tee and dark skinny jeans combo. What made it stand out? A pair of red peep-toe espadrilles, perfect for a dash of seaside style.
Trend #4. Day-Glo Brights
This spring we’re seeing 1980s neons reinvented in a fresh new way: Shocking shades of pink, yellow, orange and lime are livening up warm-weather looks beautifully. On Brownstein’s shopping list for spring? “Definitely a neon flip-flop: It will add just the right amount of colour to any outfit.”
Celebrity style: Colour-loving starlets abound. Just look at the likes of Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. But the trick to steering clear of tacky and scoring a sophisticated style is to think small doses. Think twice before getting a matching bag.
Trend #5. Bare Essentials
“They’re the new neutrals,” says Brownstein about neutral shades like beige, taupe and mocha that have been on the trend radar since last year. The trick is to find a shoe in a hue that matches your skin tone. “This elongates the leg and goes with any colour.”
Celebrity style: Nude shoes are the ultimate Hollywood secret for ultra-long-looking legs, and any red carpet regular (from veterans like Jennifer Aniston to newbies like Chloë Moretz) has an arsenal of them in her closet. If you are adopting the season’s mid-calf skirt length, colour-matched heels are a must.