Comfy and Chic Shoes for Spring

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Sometimes it seems as though it’s impossible to find trendy and stylish shoes that are comfortable; luckily this spring’s shoe trends are far kinder to your feet than seasons past. Here are some shoes I have encountered (and some I own) that are both comfy and chic for spring!

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Comfy and Chic Shoes for Spring

  1. Espadrilles are a classic spring and summer shoe; espadrille fans are in luck this spring because many brands are offering their variation providing a ton of color and style options. I’m loving this one from J. Crew because it’s a classic look in a great variety of prints, and a no-skid rubber sole. 
  2. I love Chucks, but I find they rub my heels and ankles, and often look boxy on my feet. The Shoreline variation from Converse looks classic, but is a slip-on style with an elasticized back. I find them to be softer and more comfortable (I own this very pair), and a bit more feminine of a cut, looking cute styled with jeans, cropped pants and shorts, as well as casual dresses and skirts. 
  3. I love buying from a brand with a conscience, but I don’t love being a walking billboard. That’s why I love these printed flat sandals from TOMS. Designed by Jonathan Adler and sporting the comfortable yet trendy detail of an ankle strap, these babies would look adorable peeking out of trousers, paired with last year’s boyfriend jeans, or styled with midi skirts.
  4. Caged sandals and boots have been a trend for a couple seasons now, but I have always found them uncomfortable. Be they suffocating my ankles, tearing up my toes, or being so high they make my feet ache as soon as I put them on, I had given up on the trend… until now. These booties from Vince Camuto are soft leather, come in wide width, and have a sturdy heel at a wearable height. I own them in brown and black.
  5. D’Orsay shoes are another trend that is classic but seeing an increase in popularity this spring. Many may find the open style more comfortable than classic pumps (and cooler come warmer temps). The black leather pumps from Sam Edelman are a wearable height and a classic look that will prove elegant and stylish this season and for many to come. 
  6. Ankle straps provide security and stability while looking adorable with cropped pants and fuller skirts. The closed-toe flat from Madewell will go with most everything in your wardrobe; the silver adds a bit of fun without being too sparkly to wear to the office.
  7. When Rosana featured these metallic Vans slip-ons in her recent post, I ran to try them on myself. While they are comfortable and adorable, I chose instead to get the Converse shoes above. However, they looked utterly adorable on my friend wearing boyfriend jeans, and the salesperson told me she wears them with skirts, jeans, and even ivory menswear-inspired trousers. The slip-on sneaker trend is hot this season; save your pennies and show your style smarts by going with the original, these will be chic long after the funky prints and finish versions and the color is more versatile. 
  8. Okay, so I’m now a Bernie mev. fan. I can’t help it, shoes that are comfy, cute, breathable and budget-friendly? While my rainbow Mary Janes from the brand may be too wacky for some, the brand’s cap toe ballet flat is far more subtle and would prove a winner for travel this upcoming season. 
  9. I love a statement shoe, but many steal the show instead of completing an ensemble. This slingback from Isaac Mizrahi is fun but classic and would look fantastic at the office with pants and skirts of all styles, for weekend weddings and showers paired with candy-colored frocks, and even with dark slim ankle jeans for a night out with the gals. The heel is a wearable height making them great for long workdays or nights on the dance floor.
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  1. I bought the Vince Camuto booties (#4) in brown after reading this. Best decision I ever made. Thanks, Allie. I wish I could send you before and after pics (before & after Wardrobe Oxygen came into my life).

  2. Yay shooz! I got a lovely pair of medium heeled tan leather sandals at a 75% discount on my recent trip to New Zealand which I’m really looking forward to wearing when the weather gets better.

    I love the silver and tan flats you feature above. My husband swears by his Converse sneakers – I wonder if I might try a pair for myself at some point…? They’re not my usual style, but sometimes it’s good to branch out.

  3. Old school Chuck Taylors aka Converse shoes are still my favorite for kicking in with my shorts and jeans. I also love the slingback style as well for the comfort and low heel. But, I think I’m into the capped flat shoes as an all-around great shoe for wearing with work or play. I must own about eight pairs now.

  4. (I’m double commenting on Facebook and the actual site because I’m such a believer in these shoes!)

    I am SO INTO that Sam Edelman Opal. I need a good black pump. I have purchased the Dolce Vita “Helsa” in both black and caramel and am already living in them. Open weave but closed toe, so a way around tighter dress codes, high enough to look polished and low enough to be super comfy. http://www.zappos.com/dolce-vita-helsa-caramel

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