The Spring Shoe Show: 10 Ways to Step Out in Style

By Sharon Mosley

February 25, 2014 4 min read

It's shoe time! A new season means a whole new way to step up our style game, and believe me, the newest footwear this spring will definitely even get shoe fanatic Whoopi Goldberg excited. From python stilettos to futuristic sneakers to chunky flatforms, the shoe show is making a grand entrance, all pumped up to give anything you wear a boost.

Here are 10 new shoe silhouettes to get you moving in the right direction:

—Passionate pumps. Designers are dressing up the beloved pumps. From sleek stilettos to kitten heels, these classics are a girl's best friend. This spring, try a new pump that has an artistic vibe in "painterly" prints.

—Boxy heels. Chunky, square heels are one of the biggest trends in women's footwear styles this spring. If you want an automatic update for your wardrobe, this is how to get it fast. Just check out these new heels — a great way to boost your style quotient.

—Grecian gladiators. These edgy sandals are rising to new heights on legs this spring. The newest designs wrap up to knee-high status and give its wearer a real style statement. For more of a low-key look, stick to simple ankle styles.

—Glamour sneakers. Now you can experience comfort without sacrificing style with this spring's newest batch of sporty sneakers that are updated with shiny metallics, colorful designs and bold heels.

—Architectural slides. Those mules may be one of the easiest ways to literally slip on our shoes and head out the door. This spring, they are better than ever, turning up in exotic patterns and embossed leathers. The newest look features "boot-like" vamps with stacked heels.

—Pointy-toe shoes. Whether you prefer flats or heels, the pointed toes are jazzing up the spring shoe scene. Just make sure you allow plenty of room when buying a pair of these trendy styles.

—Platforms and flatforms. Take your pick — low or high — these shoes hark back to the '70s. The latest look? Wear your wedges with socks or tights. You still have some time to get that pedicure!

—Colorful loafers. Don't we all love loafers! And in living color, you can really love the way these look and feel on your feet. Try an exotic print or embossed leather for even more fun.

—Lace-up oxfords. No longer "old lady" shoes, these menswear favorites are fashion forward in animal prints, glossy iridescent colors and even lace. Definitely not your great-grandmother's school-marm brogues.

—Boot up! No, boots aren't just for winter anymore. This spring you'll see plenty of varieties of the popular look — especially in "shoe boots" that will take you right into warmer weather. You can leave the tights at home and let your bare legs breathe again.

(SET CAPTION) Pumps get an artistic vibe this spring. Hand-painted floral python adds a feminine touch to stiletto pumps by Stuart Weitzman. (stuartweitzman.com) (END CAPTION)

Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association. To find out more about Sharon Mosley and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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