10 Shoes to Update Your Spring Wardrobe

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Admittedly, I am that person who will buy a pair of shoes and then figure out how to fit it into my wardrobe later. My fascination with shoes goes way, way back. One time, in high school, I bought a pair of rust orange Mary Janes for $10 because A.), they were MJ’s, B.) They cost $10 and C.) I’d never owned a pair of shoes in that color. I had no idea what I was going to wear them with, but surprisingly enough,   they looked amazing with so many things in my closet and everyone loved them. They were, undoubtedly, one of the best purchases I’d ever made. Unfortunately, I don’t know what happened to them (believe it or not, they were still in great shape considering the wear and cost). I suspect they must have been traded by one of my sisters and never returned.

I’ll still typically buy shoes on the whim, but more often than not, I usually update my wardrobe by season. There are lots of tried and true pairs that I swear by for life (Sam Edelman’s Gigi sandals and Converse come to mind), but each season brings in new colors and different twists so you can feel classically modern.

Are you a shoe addict? How do you typically shop for shoes? Are shoes an afterthought to your clothes? What are shoes you associate with the spring season?

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Sam Edleman Gigi Sandals

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Ancient Greek Sandals Alethea Slingback

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Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandal

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Swedish Hasbeens Sky High Pump

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Frye Regina Flat

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Birkenstock Monterey Leather Slide

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Cynthia Vincent Franky Gladiator Sandal

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Minnetonka Tramper fringed Suede Ankle Bootie

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Converse Chuck Taylor Shoreline Sneaker

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Ash Impuls Croc Embossed Leather Slip-on

* All shoes found via nordstrom.com *

Designer Spotlight: Loeffler Randall

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I’ve always been interested in fashion and style from a very early age. I’ve experimented a lot with my own style and I still do (and fully expect to for the rest of my life). While I love to try new things, there are certain styles and designers that I will always revert to for their sense of timelessness and ease of design. Loeffler Randall, while being a relatively newer brand (est. 2005), is one of those designers that come to mind.

I love her minimalist and straightforward designs on bags and shoes. The pieces can easily be paired with anything in your wardrobe because she sticks to neutral colors and patterns (sometimes with a hint of surprise). Here are some of my favorite pieces from the current collection.

What are some of your favorite styles? Who are some of your favorite designers? 

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* All photos from here *

Turning The Billy Bookcase Into The Billy Shoecase

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I’ve always had a fascination with shoes. You know you have an obsession/problem when your friend buys you a book dedicated to such thing.  And, you know you have an obsession/problem when you have to think of storage solutions for such thing. Enter the solution: Ikea Billy bookcases (or any bookcases could work, really).

Living in the city has many advantages, but a few disadvantages as well; the biggest being small living spaces. Of course, I could purge and just keep only a few. Or, I could find clever solutions. I’ve done the former and somehow still have to find clever solutions. After taking stock of my current living situation and thinking about it, I decided that bookcases would be the way to go for two reasons: 1. They are practical and will hold an abundance of shoes. 2. They can be utilized as display cases for the best of the collection.

And, what do you know? There are many people using the Billy bookcase for shoe storage as evidenced in these pictures. Are you shoe-obsessed, too? How do you store your shoes?

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Valentino’s Vintage Vibes

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Valentino came out with a psychedelic design for their Resort ’15 collection that was inspired by their 1973 runway collection. ’70s style is actually trending everywhere and I like it. Every decade’s style seems to come back every couple of decades or so, it seems. I don’t mind, so long as there’s a new twist to it. This design looks refreshingly modern without losing it’s vintage vibes. I love the rainbow of colors and geometric design as well as the materials used, like the plexiglass. I think they did a great job incorporating the vintage and modern collections, such as with the Rockstud shoes and bags. My favorites are the cuff and chain bag. What do you think of the collection? Would you wear it?

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{All photos via net-a-porter.com}

Two Cute Pastel Shoes That Are Too Cute

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Marc by Marc Jacobs “Punk Mouse” Ballerina Flats

I don’t have a lot of pastels in my wardrobe, but I do love pastel colors in anything. There is something so sweet and playful about them. Now that Spring is coming, I am starting to see them pop up all over the place, especially since Easter is right around the corner (dare I mention pastel M&Ms?). I love Marc Jacobs’ ballerina mouse flats and am really feeling this pink pastel “Punk Mouse” version. I like the juxtaposition of the sweet color paired with the studs (we see what you did there, Marc;). I am also really loving Rebecca Minkoff’s pastel blue jelly sandals. They look super comfy and stylish. I will have to find my way to a store soon and try these on. Do you wear pastels?

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Rebecca Minkoff Sava T Strap Jelly Sandals