Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wedges or Espadrilles? Why Not Both?

I am happy to report that my favorite style of shoes, wedges and espadrilles, are still going to be "cool" for Spring 2012.  They were all over the runway at New York Fashion Week...top designers like Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs all included wedges and espadrilles into their Spring 2012 lines.

Spring Trend #8 - ranks high on my list, as well, because these beauties-of-a-shoe make my legs look longer & leaner and they thin out my ankles.  When it comes to shoes, you can't ask for much more than that!  Well okay, maybe comfort, but that is the beauty of wedges and espadrilles...they are comfortable too!

So far we have confirmed that wedges and espadrilles are trendy, slimming and comfortable...now let's talk about their versatility. These shoes can be dressed up, down, worn with dresses, shorts, pants, jeans, swimsuits...they are truly a staple in every woman's closet and will complete any Spring outfit.

Let's take a look at some fun and festive styles that I put together.  And guess what, yep, you're right...most of these shoes are less than $80.00.  They can all be purchased right now in stores or online from some of my favorite "fashion on a budget" designers like Steve Madden, Nine West, Chinese Laundry and Jessica Simpson.  If you see a wedge or espadrille that you like, just click on it to go straight to the retailer's website.  Happy shopping!

This first set is all about the metallic trend that we talked about last week in my "No Heavy Metal Here" post.  Every girl needs to have one pair of metallic wedges or espadrilles.  I promise, you have more to wear with these than you think.  Go ahead, sparkle & shine!

The shoes featured above will be sure to bring out the wild side in you.  The Luxe Safari Trend is back by popular demand for Spring 2012.  These will definitely make a fashion statement...and they are EVERYWHERE.  Don't be left out.

Bold colors are in for Spring 2012, they go great with floral dresses, polka dot skirts and striped tops.  Be daring and fun. 

Okay, time to tone it down a little...the wedges and espadrilles featured above are a MUST.  Please make sure you have at least TWO neutral pairs of these shoes in your closet for Spring 2012.  They are classic, can be worn anywhere (even the beach) and go with everything (even a swimsuit).

Last but not least, we all need a pair or 2 or 3 or heck why not 4, for our work attire.  Wedges and espadrilles are slacks best friend.  They are also magnificent with pencil skirts and dresses.  Make work more fun...you will be in envy in your office.

I hope each and every one of you found at least one pair of shoes in this post that you are rushing out to purchase.  I am glad I could help!  

Cheers to wedges, espadrilles and shoes in general!  I 'm so glad I'm a girl and I that I can toast to things like this!

Shanna Schneider


laura said...

Espadrille Wedges - the best collection is at www.espadrillesetc.com - all the real things from Spain and France - very European! Take a look.

Unknown said...

I am definitely loving the fun, bright and bold group! :) hope you can check out my blog for some positive vibes and inspiration! i am also hosting a giveaway, a super fun hand made apron!xo

Esmée said...

I love the beachy ones!


Maja said...

I love metallics and neutrals. I feel like they go perfectly with everything, they are very versatile.

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lou said...

i love shoes! and really like this post. thanks for follow my blog again. i wish you the best fashion.

badBarbara said...

I am happy they are still in style too!
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Anonymous said...

OHEMGEE, the black animal print ones with the ankle strap... I think I'm in love. Those will most certainly become part of my wardrobe.

I work at MD Anderson and wedges are all I wear. Professional but comfortable for all of the walking.

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

I just found your blog and thought I'd say hi. I love wedges too! These are great shoes. I like espadrilles on other people, but it's hard for me to find some that don't widen my calves. I did find a pair, though! Wedge espadrilles! Totally love em.


UPERE said...

Love these wedge shoes,stylish.