Top Shoe Styles for Spring and Summer 2016 (and beyond!)

Blog-Header-SpringDMYou want to look great and stylish, but you also want to be able to walk freely and stride in confidence. We get it. In fact, we can completely relate – especially when it comes to shoes. So we’ve rounded up our stylists’ top picks for the season that hit on all of the hot trends and that you’ll love to wear all day long. Get ready to browse some of our favorite shoes for Spring & Summer 2016!

Whether you’re looking for a new pair of comfortable sandals that you can dress up or down, a pair of always-on-trend flats, wedge sandals or block heels that you can really strut your stuff in, we’ve got you covered. Not sure what color to go with? Try metallics or neutrals to keep you right in style, no matter which silhouette you choose. And of course, when it comes to sneakers, we’ve got a great lineup of fresh kicks to up your workout game, and if you don’t already have a pair of casual sneakers, now is the perfect time to outfit your feet for the carefree days of summer. Take a look – if you’re anything like us, you might have a hard time choosing just one pair to add to your shoe closet.

Share your spring style with us @shoebuydotcom on Instagram with #myshoebuy.

How to Style Booties for Warmer Weather

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Booties have become a go-to style for fall and winter, but you can really rock your favorites all year long. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites and have a few ideas on how to wear booties for spring and summer.

The classic bootie style is a great addition to any wardrobe, and is one you’ll find yourself wearing from the time the first flowers are shooting up until the leaves are crunching beneath your fabulously dressed feet. These styles look great with leggings or tights in the cooler weather, but also bring a little edge to your fashion game in the warmer months when paired with an airy dress, white jeans or denim cutoffs. So if you’ve already got a pair in your closet – don’t pack them away for the summer!

This season, we’re seeing a lot of open toes, texture and fantastic block heels, which means you can personalize your look with the right pair. From softer floral cutouts to perforated details, there’s no shortage of options. Pair with cropped pants or a tailored skirt for the office, or throw on your favorite skinny jeans (cuffed to show a little ankle for the season, of course) and a t-shirt for a go-anywhere weekend look. We also love pairing a crisp denim skirt with this style for a sleek work option.

Take your booties out with you at night – these looks are perfect for a girls’ night out, a date night, or for whenever you want to feel extra fabulous. From rich suedes and lace-up details to stacked wooden heels, you can style these boots just like you would your favorite pair of pumps!

Already rocking your booties this season? Share your spring style with us @shoebuydotcom on Instagram with #myshoebuy.

sidebysidePhoto credit left to right: The Boston Fashionista, Naturalizer, The Box Queen 

15 Best Shoes to Wear to a Music Festival

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Headed to a music festival this spring or summer? Whether you’ll be chilling at Coachella in April, bopping at Bonnaroo in June, or Lollapalooza-ing in August, the music is just part of the festival experience. As any girl who has attended one in the past can tell you, music festivals are also a fun opportunity to show off your fashion prowess and personality. Who cares if you don’t know all the words to the song as long as your outfit lineup is in tune? From headdresses to feathers, flowers to fringe, anything goes. When it comes to what you’ll put on your feet, however, think fashion AND comfort. You want something that will bring your whole outfit together but you’ll also feel good wearing all day, because nothing says “party’s over” like a killer blister. What’s more, these styles will be hot all summer long, so even if you’re not off to a show, there’s a look for everyone!

Sandals are the go-to footwear at music festivals for good reason: they’ll keep you cool and comfortable even when things heat up, and with such a range of styles available, you can find the perfect pair to complete any look. Embrace the gladiator sandal trend with a lace-up duo to add some interest to a classic cutoff jeans getup, or bring a little height with a low block heel that’s still easy to trek around in all day. It’s not a bad idea to plan on changing your shoes at some point over the course of the day or weekend either – a pair of metallic Birkenstocks will feel like heaven after an afternoon of dancing and are a much safer alternative to bare feet.

Booties aren’t just for country music concertgoers; though if one is on your festival docket, look no further! Also a great choice for potentially inclement weather or dusty mosh pits, these tried-and-trues will keep your toes protected without sacrificing style. Look for a pair with fringe, perforation, or buckles to really stand out.

Though our fingers are crossed for sunshine, prepare for a washout of a weekend with an amazing pair of rain boots you’d be excited to wear – you may just find yourself doing the rain dance and jumping in puddles with 100,000 new friends!

If you’re in it for the long haul, sneakers are the way to go. A pair from Converse is so versatile – the white, All Star high tops add sass while floral print Chuck Taylors is a playful pick. But feel free to mix patterns and colors – when it comes to festival fashion, personal expression is the name of the game!

We want to keep you jumping, bumping, and grooving all night long, so once you’ve got your tickets, be sure to grab one (or two) of these festival-friendly styles and get ready for an experience you’ll never forget.

Spring Preview

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Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time to trade in those snow boots for something airier. Whether your style is laid-back or glitzy, we’ve got everything to make those cold, dark winter days seem long gone. We’ve already shared our favorite shoe trends for 2016, many of which you can get a head start wearing as the days start to get warmer, but now we want to share some of our buyers’ favorites for the season.

Love your flat espadrilles and wish you could wear them with more than jeans and a t-shirt? Well you’re in luck. This casual silhouette has increased not only in popularity over the past few seasons, but also in height and style, becoming this spring’s obvious choice whether you’re meeting girlfriends for brunch or going on a date.

Add a little sass to your springtime wardrobe with a pair of cage or lace-up sandals that are sure to stand out. Go full out with a laced-up look that goes to mid-calf or subtly embrace the trend with a pair that ends at the ankle; either way, there are lots of fun options to try this season.

It’s true: we adore slides. They’re fashionably practical and transition from day to night faster than post-work cocktails. What’s not to love? Plus, this season’s favorites play with texture and color, so you may find yourself grabbing a few pairs.

The Switzerland of booties, these neutral numbers are exactly what our closets have been missing all this time. The range of warm suedes will keep you right on trend, and be sure to look for cutouts and open toes for styles so you’ll be able to transition right through the milder weather.  

City sandals are perfect for the girl on the go. Featuring a lower, block heel, you’ll have support and style no matter where you’re headed. With suede, metallic, and lace-up options to choose from, you can even play with a few of this season’s trends at once.

 

“P” is the letter of the season, and by that we mean printed pumps. So pick your poison: stripes and floral and snakeskin are all hot for spring and will really up your style game.

Clogs, platforms, flatforms… the 70s are back, baby. Can you dig it? This time, these styles feature rich leathers and lots of great details – not to mention, more comfortable soles!

Maybe you were always an athlete or maybe you were always the last kid picked for dodge ball. Doesn’t matter – now, everyone can channel their inner all-star with these cool athletic inspired kicks.

Good news for your feet! Now more than ever, fashion and comfort are like peaches and cream. A pair of footbed sandals is bound to become your weekend go-to whether you’re running errands or spending a day at the park.

April showers bring May flowers, so prepare for those dreary days with a colorful pair of rain boots to brighten things up.

Of course, nothing says “fresh” like a new bag to update your entire look. Opt for a hobo bag or backpack as your everyday tote and pick a smaller crossbody bag to complete your night/weekend ensemble.

Small changes to your wardrobe can make a big difference, so do some spring-cleaning and get rid of those scratched up sunglasses – then replace them with one of these fabulous frames to benefit both your eye and fashion health.

March 20th can’t come soon enough, and we’re ready to usher in the new season in style. Are you?

Valentine’s Day Guide: What to Wear and Share

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Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love: love for a significant other, love for your family, and love for your friends. So no matter whom you’re celebrating with, have a little fun and dress up for the occasion!

For a fun night celebrating with the girls, you can be comfy and cute with a Henley dress paired with low-heel booties. Add a red bag for a festive punch.

 

Celebrate with the guys with a casual outfit that shows you have your own style and are down for a good time.

This cozy Woolrich sweater is the perfect choice for a hiking date. Pair it with skinny jeans, a warm beanie, and boots for a cute and practical look.

Warm red layers show you’re thoughtful and put effort in for V-day (major points). Neutral accessories and jeans make the outfit timelessly trendy and wearable for an outdoor adventure.

 

You just can’t go wrong with a classic LBD. Add this great Nina clutch and strappy heels and you’re sure to feel confident and ready for a romantic evening.

 

This Pendleton button-up has a little more flair than the standard solid colored options. The subtle red hue feels right for the holiday, but not over-the-top. A solid colored scarf and polished Red Wings elevate this look for a date to remember.

So now that you know what you’re wearing, let’s focus on what you’re giving. We’ve got everything you need to make sure your loved ones are taken care of this Valentine’s Day. 

A classic leather wallet is always a great gift for your guy, especially because he’s probably used his old one to death. A belt is also a staple that gives the perfect finishing touch to any look.  Or, keep him warm with a thick pullover or durable slippers. Spring is still a long way off so he’ll be sure to get a lot of wear out of them (and think of you every time).    

Jewelry shows you care because it can be so personalized. Heart shapes clearly say “love,” but does she prefer silver or gold? Jewel encrusted? We’ve got you covered. This frosted pearl bracelet has personality and beautiful detail, so it’s perfect for special occasions all year round. You can’t go wrong with some snuggly layers either. These pullovers work great in and out of the house, so she’ll be warm and toasty wherever she goes.

 

However you decide to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we know you’ll be well-dressed and well-prepared. And hey, who says you can’t get something for yourself too?

Sweet 16: Shoes You’ll Want To Wear This Year

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16 is THE number this year. Of course, it’s 2016, but did you know it’s also ShoeBuy’s 16th birthday?! Our friends at The Gloss put together a hilarious article titled, Every Awkward Shoe You Wore in the 2000s, that is sure to get a groan out of every shoe maven, but hey, we’re all for taking fashion risks!

The good news is Sweet (two-thousand and) Sixteen is shaping up to be an awesome year as far as footwear is concerned. We’ve already shared our roundup of trends to keep an eye out for, and now we’re giving you the lowdown on the top 16 styles that you’ll be proud to wear all the way into the next decade – we promise*!

Why it’s hot?

Because booties are arguably the most versatile pair of shoes in your closet right now. And coming soon: pairs with perforation to give your spring wardrobe a fresh kick.

Why it’s hot?

Because while flip-flops may not be office-appropriate during the summer, city sandals go from work to play without missing a step (rooftop cocktails, anyone?).

Why it’s hot?

Because metallic is like the icy senior girl you adored as a freshman back in high school – it’s just so, cool.

Why it’s hot?

Because cage/lace-up sandals are a sassy (and supportive!) choice for summer.

Why it’s hot?

Because we all loved our slides and mules during the fall, and now we can wear them throughout the warmer months, too!

Why it’s hot?

Because espadrilles of both the flat and wedge varieties are the perfect way to add some Spanish flare to any outfit. Can we get an “olé?”

Why it’s hot?

Because footbed sandals aren’t only trendy, they’re actually good for your foot health.

Why it’s hot?

Because torrential days are already huge bummers – might as well look cute in a great pair of rain boots, right?

Why it’s hot?

Because stripes are IN, especially when they’re ON your feet.

Why it’s hot?

Because black and white is a classic combination with endless possibilities.

Why it’s hot?

Because a floral pattern is practically wearable art. And because here in New England, we may not see real flowers until June.  

Why it’s hot?

Because metallic with a preppy twist is even better. 

Why it’s hot?

Because the icy senior girl your mom adored back in the 70s would have worn these. That’s like, 45 years of cool.

Why it’s hot?

Because the only thing better than a bootie, is an open toe bootie you can wear All. Year. Long.

Why it’s hot?

Because snazzy running shoes aren’t just for your marathon-fanatic friend anymore – even the serious athletic brands are upping the fashion-ante, giving you one less excuse to skip out on that jog.

Why it’s hot?

Because canvas sneakers aren’t just for the playground. Listen to your five-year-old self and grab a pair.

*To the best of our predictive abilities, we believe these shoes will still be cool in 2026.

Looking for more footwear inspiration for the coming year? Be sure to check back soon for our list of Fitness Must-Haves to reach your goals!

Looking Forward: Shoe Trends for 2016

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As much fun as it was looking back on all the great shoe styles from 2015, it’s even more exciting to take a peak at upcoming trends for the New Year! 2016 promises to take things up a notch when it comes to footwear, with interesting new designs and materials, bold colors and patterns, and edgier silhouettes coming our way. Here, our style experts weigh in on the hottest trends to keep an eye out for this year, and their top picks for each that are ready for the taking now on shoebuy.com!

Sneakers

We already saw an increase in the popularity of sneakers over the past few months, and this year, expect them to be all the rage. What’s new about the latest styles, however, are their innovative designs and use of materials like leather, suede, and canvas. Some retro, others almost futuristic, these aren’t your standard kicks. White sneakers in particular are positioned to thrive in 2016, so be sure to get your hands on a crisp pair.

Futuristic

And speaking of the future, another new trend to watch out for are ultramodern features and original shapes and colors adorning everything from slip-ons to stilettos. From studs and cutouts to stripes and sliver detailing, the shoe styles for 2016 may reach beyond this galaxy.

Pastels & Floral

If you’re feeling intimidated by these eclectic looks, rest assured, there are softer upcoming trends as well. Pastels are coming in hot and floral patterns are just as sweet, adding the perfect amount of pretty to your spring wardrobe.

Suede

Lush materials like suede always look good in clean, well-structured silhouettes. For boots, slightly understated styles that evoke a western vibe with a bit more simplicity than the classic cowboy boot steal the show, and fringe proves it’s here to stay. For flats, the pointer the toe the better, adding finesse especially when paired with a wooden or cork sole/heel – another hot trend for 2016.

Slides & Mules

Also carryovers from last year, slides and mules aren’t going anywhere soon. Up the ante with a bold print or killer heel, and look for distinguishing features such as studs, zippers, and buckles to really stand out.

Flatforms

While not a fit for every fashion fancy, there’s no denying this new trend is one to behold. Whether in low flatform or tall, a pair will add high fashion glamour to your spring/summer wardrobe – or better yet, try them out first on a winter getaway someplace warm.

Open-Toe Bootie

2016 confirms the bootie as a must-have for every season with the debut of an open toe. Easily dressed up or down, get ready to show off your pedicure all year long.

Which trends are you most excited to wear in 2016? Any from past years you wish would come back or hope to never see again? Share your favorite look or best shoe faux pas story with us in the comments below!

Looking Back: Top 10 Shoe Styles of 2015 for Him & Her

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2015 was a good year for footwear. While new styles gained fashion ground, older looks reemerged as cool comeback kids. So what better way to ring out the old and usher in the new than to take a walk down shoe memory lane? Here, we’ve compiled the top 10 styles of 2015 for both him and her, as chosen by you, our trendy ShoeBuyers!

Him:

Shoes for guys in 2015 meant business. Oxfords and loafers boasting clean lines and sharp details were all the rage, and easily transitioned from day to night, board to bar room. More men also began to embrace updated boot styles like chukka and Chelsea, while certain tried-and-trues, like Timberland’s PRO series, maintained their rightful top-ranking positions. Athletic shoes, from running sneakers to hiking shoes and hiking boots, were also popular, with brands such as Brooks and Merrell leading the pack.

Her:

The real star of 2015 shoe trends for women was the bootie. With its shorter, versatile design, gals of all ages embraced this fashion phenomenon. Sneakers, athletic and those of the slip-on and canvas varieties, were also popular, as athleisure became increasingly prevalent as a look in and of itself. Boots, including duck boots, classic UGG® and Sorel® favorites and riding boots remained cool weather staples, while oldie-but-goodie brands like Birkenstock and Dr. Martens reminded us that quality never goes out of style.

So there you have it: 2015 in shoes. Be sure to check back in the next few days as we take a look at upcoming trends for 2016!

We’d love to hear from you – which trend do you love best? Any from past years you wish would come back or hope to never see again? Share your favorite look or most embarrassing shoe faux pas story in the comments below!

Blogger Spotlight: Merrick White of Merrick’s Art

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In celebration of #bootmonth, we’ve partnered with the amazing Merrick White of @merricksart to help us style some of this season’s best boots. Merrick will share her complete looks and tips this weekend on our Instagram so be sure to check them out.

We hope you’ll be as inspired and excited by her genuine, effortless style and classic pairings as we are.

Here’s a sneak preview:

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Shop Merrick’s Sperry Duck Boots here.

Featured look: Charles by Charles David Reed 

Top Boots and Booties under $100

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When it comes to shopping, we all love a great value. And when it comes to shoe shopping – especially during boot season! – we know that sometimes, one pair is not enough. So we asked our style experts to pick some of their favorite boots and booties for the season that you can add to your wardrobe without going over your budget for the season.

From rich textures, colors and details to the best silhouettes of the season, we’re not sure you’ll be able to stop a just one pair; then again, with all of these fantastic boots available for under $100, why should you?

Bootie Up

Booties are everywhere this season, and with good reason. They’re versatile enough for any occasion and these affordable styles bring all of the best trends we’re seeing out there to the forefront – though we suspect you’ll be showing these off for many seasons to come.

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Circus by Sam Edelman Bond High Heel Bootie | Franco Sarto Refrain Bootie | Naturalizer Transform Ankle Boot |  Lucky Brand Garboh Bootie | Steve Madden Grahaam Bootie

Go Tall

Tall boots are simply classic, and no closet is complete without a few pairs — we know, we’re a little biased on this topic, but we suspect you’ll agree. The real question is, can you really find great, high-quality tall boots from this season under $100? YES! Here are a few of our favorites that will freshen up your wardrobe and also will keep your budget on track.

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A2 by Aerosoles High Ride | Bella Vita Transit II | Fergalicious Rita Tall Boot | Life Stride Maximize Riding Boot | Minnetonka 3 Layer Fringe Boot | Rocket Dog Dixie Riding Boot

Be Weather-Ready

From rain to snow to just plain old cold weather, you want to be prepared, but you also want to look great too. We get it and so we have a few picks to set you off in style, no matter what the upcoming months may bring your way.

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Kamik Jennifer Rainboot | The SAK Josie Ankle Boot | Tommy Hilfiger Arcadia Winter Boot | The North Face Thermoball Lace 8″

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Browse more great boots and booties in our  full collection of boots under $100!