There are a lot of things to love about spring: Pretty flowers are in bloom; temperatures have finally reached a livable range; and then, of course, there's the thing you perhaps look forward to most during the warm season: the shoes.
After months spent cramped inside boots, your feet are desperate for sunshine. And we're more than glad to be of service in getting them all the vitamin D they need. We talked to six designers from some of the shoe world's biggest brands—Stuart Weitzman, Loeffler Randall, and Charlotte Olympia among others—and got their take on which styles are officially in and which ones are out for spring.
You don't want to miss what they said. Keep scrolling for the shoes that are in and out this spring!
Out: Mid-Height Heels
"The gladiator is the look of the season—the flat open bootie that laces up the leg is the ultimate boho staple for any fashionista, or add some sex appeal with the silhouette on a high heel."
"I am loving anything with texture, tassels, and fringe. Tassels bring such a sense of fun and interest to any outfit. My Luz sandals are my go-to for spring."
Out: Reserving Specific Shoes for Certain Occasions
"There are no longer all these ‘rules’ about what kind of shoe you must wear and when, and I love that. I love the look of casual styles with something more dressy on top—like a sneaker with a dress."
Loeffler Randall Shea Perforated Mule Slides ($325)
"For spring, personalization is key. I created a collection of customizable leather flats that come with 26 letters of the alphabet and 26 symbols inspired by the world of Charlotte Olympia, that speak back to the brand’s ethos centered around the bygone era of old Hollywood glamour. Monograming has always been something I love. By coming up with their own monograms using the letters and corresponding symbols, the customer can not only create their own unique pair of shoes, but should also have lots of fun doing it."
Charlotte Olympia ABC Customizable Flats ($695)
Charlotte Olympia Blue Washed Denim Kitty Flats ($595)
"Our Spring/Summer 15 Collection is all about capturing ‘The New Normal,’ functional styles that embrace a modern, simple life. We love anything on a wood bottom, espadrille slip-ons, and, of course, sneakers have become a closet staple."
"We’re not loving overtly sexy, over embellished styles for summer. It doesn’t feel right to put on a super-high, skinny stiletto at the moment, but we do love a ‘70s platform!"
In: Lace-Up Gladiators and Chunky Heel Platforms
"These are THE silhouettes of the season. They complement the major ‘70s trend happening right now, and pair perfectly with the key flowy bohemian dress, or the key high-rise pant. Our Erlina is the perfect everyday gladiator, and our fashion gladiator is the Ananda, which can be worn with or without the over the knee shaft. The Ananda is incredible because with the shaft attached, it's the ultimate sexy sandal; without the shaft, it's our Juliana, a classically beautiful cage sandal. As for platforms, the Amatista is season-less and ultra-flattering."
Out: Heavy Wedge Sneakers
"Enough said. It's over."
"I’m loving the boho spin used on flat sandals, like fringe and ghillie details. Platforms, mules, and clogs are going to perfectly complement the ‘70s–inspired looks that dominated the spring runway. These more casual and boho trends seem to be replacing detailed and embellished dress shoes, along with last year’s spring bootie."
Belle by Sigerson Morrison Allegra Sandals ($240)
Which shoe trends are YOU excited to wear this spring? Tell us in the comments below!