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.

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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 

Get the Look for Less

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Drooling over designer shoes but can’t drop your whole paycheck (or more) on a pair for the season? We’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the web for some of this season’s trendiest high-end styles and found some awesome pairs on our site that will help you get the looks for less.

 

Fun Fringe The Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals have been worn by street style stars and bloggers alike. They may have a massive cult following, but $785 is hard to swallow. This Steve Madden pair has the suede, the color, the tassels, and is less than 1/4th of the cost at $129.95.    

White Hot

With the athleisure trend as popular as ever – and spring finally here – minimalism reigns supreme. Many designers this year have created their own version of the white slip-on sneaker. Junya Watanabe’s take on the closet staple is crocodile-embossed and clocks in at almost $300. The Keds Champion Slip On in leather conveys elevated style without breaking the bank at $49.95.

Flat Footed Flatforms are major this season. They give you a little height without teetering on skinny heels. The Givenchy Rachel Slingback combines this trend with a classic spring favorite: the espadrille. While this spring sandal will cost you $850, the Naturalizer Praline is $59.99 and has rave reviews about comfort and fit.  

Slip on Style

Flatform + espadrille + slip-on = the perfect everyday spring shoe. If you like the slip-on sneaker look but don’t want to commit to something quite so athletic, this is the shoe for you. The Jimmy Choo Dawn Espadrille comes to $450. This Steve Madden style is $78.95, and will take you all the way through summer.

Gladiators A pair of great gladiator sandals will take you from music festival to dinner downtown. They bring a fun, laid-back vibe to any outfit. The Stuart Weitzman Romanflat Ghillie Sandal is fantastic, but comes in with a price tag of $445. The Gibson Gladiator Sandal from Circus by Sam Edelman is only $89.95, and has a zipper closure at the heel — easy to throw on and go!  

City Sandals

An elevated version of the gladiator with a block heel and lace-up detailing, the Loeffler Randall Luz Lace-up Sandal is almost $400. The Dolce Vita Lyndon Cage Sandal is less than half the price, and just as chic.

Sweet Suede This classic ankle strap sandal gets an update for 2016 with a suede finish and a block heel. A nude color is chic and versatile. The NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandal from Stuart Weitzman is $398. The Steve Madden Carrson Ankle Strap Sandal is only $89.95, and is equally elegant.  

Modern Mules

Mules are one of the biggest shoe trends this spring with both flat and heeled varieties seen all over the SS16 shows. From Gucci to Balenciaga, these are the “it” shoes and a black leather pair will keep your outfit grounded and sleek. The Givenchy Edgy Line Low Leather Cylinder-Heel Booties hit the trend perfectly, but it will cost you. $895 is the runway price. The Bella Vita Savona Peep Toe Shootie provides the luxe leather look and comfort. At $99.95, you may want to snag more than one color.

Sleek Slides Slide sandals are the new flip flops. A minimal pair will add polish and streamline your look. This striped pair from Ancient Greek Sandals comes to $280. The Franco Sarto Quentin Sandal, where it lacks in stripes, makes up in discount. At $58.95, you can afford to take the risk with clean white sandals.  

Groundbreaking Florals

These athletic-inspired sandals are more than just your average shower shoes. As a result of the ever-popular normcore trend, rubber slides are popping up everywhere. This Gucci pair is $280. If you’re looking for a pair to lounge in, take to the beach, or walk around in all day, expect a lot of wear and tear. This pair from Adidas is $34.95, so you could even buy a backup!

Perforated Leather

If you’re looking for a sporty athleisure feel, while maintaining the elegance of a heel, look no further. A heeled sandal with perforated detail is both innovative and fun. Monique Lhullier’s Peyton Lucite-Wedge Slingback Sandals pack a punch… and a hefty price tag at $795. The Clarks Pastina Malory Quarter Strap Sandal is $73.95. With comfort at its core and a perfect platform, these block heeled beauties will make your feet (and your wallet) happy.

 

These styles will give you the spring refresh you need without emptying your savings account. Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Image credits:

Altuzarra, Junya Watanabe, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, Loeffler Randall, Stuart Weitzman, Givenchy, Ancient Greek, Gucci, Monique Lhullier

10 Gifts for Mom

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Here at ShoeBuy, we love moms. We love the moms that shop with us everyday, we love the moms we work alongside and of course, we love OUR own moms!

As close as you may be with your mom (or grandma, sister, aunt, or another exceptional lady in your life), it can be tricky to find a Mother’s Day gift that shows you care and that she’ll actually like and use. Whether she’s the active type, fashion-forward, or maybe a new mommy, somehow that person who we think we know so well suddenly becomes puzzling when it comes to gift buying.

Never fear! We asked several ShoeMoms what’s on their Mother’s Day wish list and put together the ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide to take the guessing out of shopping.

For the Mom with a Little Prep in Her Step…

Go for a classic look with a bit of a modern flair. These slip-ons from Clarks are the perfect transition shoe for the warmer months and would look chic paired with an easy-to-wear skirt like this seersucker number from Toad&Co. Plus, we know mom will appreciate it’s made from 100% organic cotton!

 

For the New Mama, a Little Stylish Comfort!

If she’s celebrating her first Mother’s Day this year, nothing beats a gift that makes her day a little easier – and more comfortable! The ultimate in organization, this Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag holds everything for both mom and baby in a backpack design that’s practical without sacrificing style. And for her feet? These Birkenstocks offer serious support for every stride, and the studded detailing shows mama’s still “got it.”

For the Easy Breezy Mom Who Goes with the Flow

Help her relax with laid-back pieces that are bound to become her weekend go-to’s this summer. A casual top made with breathable materials like this Prana shirt with flutter sleeves is the perfect alternative to a basic tee for running errands around town. And instead of just throwing on shabby sneakers, she’ll actually be excited to wear these fun leather sandals from Vionic, scientifically proven to alleviate heel pain.

 

For the On-the-Move Mama

Whether headed to the market or grabbing a coffee with some friends after yoga class, every woman needs a lightweight jacket that’s easy to wear and looks great on the fly. The “Do Everything” woven jacket from lucy lives up to its name, and works as a stand-alone coat or as part of a layered look. And for those days when it seems like she can’t find a minute to sit down, she’ll be singing your praises for adding these Dansko dreams to her closet.

For the Always-in-Style Mom

Feed her fashion addiction with leather lovelies that she’ll rock both for work and play. A hobo bag like this relaxed yet structured silhouette from Lodis stays on-trend and offers ample room for all the necessities without becoming bulky. And when paired with an equally luxurious pair of strappy sandals like these Cole Haan beauties, this duo goes from boardroom to PTA meeting to date night without missing a step.

Public Service Announcement: Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Moms deserve a day of pampering, so save yourself the stress of running around the night before – or forking over a TON of cash for an overpriced bouquet of flowers the day-of – by putting a little thought into what your mom would really appreciate.

Need more inspiration? These picks are sure to become some of mom’s new favorites.

From Gold to Silver, Flat to High, White to Black & More: Prom Shoes for Every Style

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These days, proms have morphed into milestone events – the Oscars, if you will, of high school. Fashion risks are taken and memories are made. And while every prom and every girl are different, for many, getting ready for the big night is half of the fun.

Here we’ve rounded up some of our favorite prom-stopping styles, with picks that range from classically pretty to the fantastically edgy. After all, the dress is really part of the look!

For a sleek silhouette, choose a pair of shoes that will up the ante without becoming distracting. Timeless doesn’t have to mean boring, so embrace a hot trend like lace-up or get glitzy without fear of risking future style regret. Plus, these styles so chic, they’re sure to be worn again!

If prom is your night to shine, burn baby, burn! Make a fashion statement with your shoes with bold colors, textures, and interesting designs that complement your outfit.

For a subtler look, a small heel or flats can add just as much pizzazz as their stiletto counterparts, and are particularly pretty when paired with an airy, Grecian inspired dress – not to mention, likely more comfortable.

Heels not your thing? We feel you. Kick it all night in a pair of high tops or sparkle in glitter sneakers that show you’re fashionable and fun. Did someone say after party?

Ladies, frost yourselves. A great clutch will hold your ticket, lip balm, and cell phone while you’re tearing up the dance floor, and the right jewelry can take a look from basic to prom queen without blowing your budget.

Whether you’re still shopping for the perfect gown or stressing over finding a date, rest assured your feet will win best dressed. Just don’t forget to thank us in your acceptance speech.

Stay safe and have fun!

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.

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?

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!