When it comes to women's shoe trends, some seasons there is next to nothing to report, while other seasons, it's like there's a bounty of footwear changes. Happily for those looking for something different, the shoes of spring 2013 fall into the second category, as there are loads of new looks to be excited about.
For a closer look at all the hottest trends and latest styles in women's shoes for spring 2013, keep reading.
The most popular non-neutral colors for women's shoes this season are definitely shades of coral and mint, but other pastel colors are also easy to find this year, with shades of baby blue, pale pink, pastel purple, light yellow and aqua all making appearances on the shoe store shelves.
Don't really see yourself as a pastel person?
No worries, as this spring truly is a bounty of colors, and bright hues are nearly as prevalent as their pastel counterparts. I've seen loads of styles in bright oranges, yellows, greens and turquoises. Yes, some are even acidic enough to be called "neons," but there is a good selection of shoes that are brightly-colored without being a day-glo hue -- thankfully.
When we're lucky enough to have a windfall of colorful shoes like this, my advice is always the same: if there's a color or two that always plays a big part in your wardrobe, grab coordinating shoes up now. It may not seem like deal, but honestly, when neutral colors are the thing, it can be next to impossible to find a good selection of styles in other colors. For example, a few years back, yellow was the color of the season... two years later, I could barely find enough variety in yellow shoes to keep my list of top picks in yellow shoes updated.
I'm okay with this trend, and even like some of the styles, but as a general rule I prefer to keep my shoe color palette limited to one predominant color, with maybe a bit of trim in another shade.
Personal preferences aside, color-blocked shoes do come with their advantages. For instance, they make it easy to combine colors within the rest of your outfit. But, exercise a bit of control here and stick to adding small bits or colorful accessories to an otherwise simple outfit; you don't want to end up looking like the Partridge Family bus.
I'm not sure how I feel about this mixed-media approach to footwear for the long-term, but it's definitely fun as a trend.
As difficult as it is for some of us to imagine, there actually are people out there who don't want their shoes and sandals infused with colors -- bright, pastel or otherwise. Happily for those people, there are options.
For one thing, no matter how popular or trendy colorful shoes become, you'll always be able to find neutrals. For another thing, black and white shoes are extremely popular this season. Black shoes and white shoes, yes, but what I'm actually referring to are styles that feature both black and white on the same shoe -- they're hot this season, and you'll undoubtedly look hot in them.
Those who are modest, or just don't like their toes, relax! I mean your covered toes, because cap toes are sort of a mini-trend this season. You can find loads of pumps and flats with toe boxes in a contrasting color, different material, or, in some cases, embellished with spikes, rhinestones, or sequins.
Also hot in the world of women's flat shoes are standard loafers, pointy toes, and of course, flats with the cap toes we talked about earlier.
For example, a certain shade might be more popular than others one season, or perhaps metallic glitter is all the rage as opposed to, say, metallic fabric.
This season things are a bit different, in the fact that our shimmer isn't only coming from metallics; we're also going to be getting a healthy dose of luster from pearl finishes on pastel and neutral shoes.
I love this trend of pearlized and iridescent finishes, as it's a great way to add a bit of flash, without having to go way over the top.
For those of you who just don't think you can pull off high-heeled sneakers -- and for those of you who'd prefer not to even try -- there are plenty of other trendy choices in the world of sneakers as well. I've seen loads of florals, paisleys, bright colors, and stripes, both in flats and really cute high tops.
So if casual is your thing and you love a pair of cool or unusual sneakers, then you're in luck, as they're ultra-hot for this season.
Yes, wedges are still in, and you can find plenty of pointy-toed pumps.
Hate platform soles?
No problem, there are loads of styles that don't have thick soles.
Love platform soles?
Great! There are plenty of those as well.
Because there are so many color, pattern, and "piece" trends, it seems as if there isn't as much focus on any one style of shoes, so really, there's a little something for everyone.
And to that, I say, hallelujah and pass the chunky-heeled pumps!