Fashion Forward Summer Wedges Under $100

Wedges, particularly espadrilles and cork wedges are the best thing about Summer. Check out the video above in which Sears Shoe Fashion Expert Francesca Mills highlights some of the season’s trendiest wedge styles. Below I’ve suggested a few of my own wedge picks that feature a few of my favorite things – bold shapes, neon and texture.  Tell me, which fits your style best?

Wood: Two Lips Ditto Slingback Sandal, $62.81 at Endless

Cork: Michael Antonio Globe Wedge Sandal, $45 at Endless

Espadrille: Rosegold Cali Raffia Wedge Sandals, $97.50 at Shopbop

Also check out my recent post about my 5 favorite espadrilles under $50!

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Spring Essential #2: Charles by Charles David Canoodle Sandal Bootie

Say hello to spring essentials number two – the sandal bootie!

Charles by Charles David Canoodle

Consider this the ultimate trendy way to transition from winter to spring…the Charles by Charles David Canoodle sandal is made for flirting, featuring delicate lace that covers the foot, and wraps all the way up your ankle. The sexy side cutouts and open toe design coupled with the daring 4″ heel ensures you’ll make a statement wherever you go. A back zipper makes these easy to take the shoe on and off.  The beige version is a perfect companion for spring’s bright garments, but Canoodle is also available in always-flattering black.

Buy It Now: Charles by Charles David Canoodle, $144.95 at Endless.com

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Spring Essential, #1: Sam Edelman Dawson Sandal

As part of this week’s “Spring Forward” topic , I present to you the first featured spring shoe from my closet…

Sam Edelman Dawson Sandal in black

Sam Edelman‘s low wedge “Dawson” sandal is the perfect casual style to complement sheaths, knits and denim. The intricate beading and polished stones create a trendy look that is as versatile as it is edgy. The universally flattering strappy design is flirty, and the soft toe post and covered heel ensure a comfortable fit. I’m sure this will be one of my favorite embellished sandals of the season!

Buy it now: Sam Edelman Dawson, $49.99 at DNAFootwear.com

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Spring Forward With The Season’s Hottest Shoes

Today marks the first official day of spring, which means it’s time to bring out those sandals!  During this week I’m going to present to you a few shoes from my own collection that I just can’t wait to wear.  LOOK FOR VIDEO CLIPS! :)  I’ll be showing off embellished flats, thong sandals, sandal booties and more, so stay tuned!  Now here are my thoughts on some of the top shoe trends for spring 2011:

Espadrilles

My favorite!  This is a popular look every spring, but this year look for flats, wedges and even platform pumps with rope soles.  If you only buy one shoe for spring, I suggest the Kelsi Dagger Ivy espadrille wedge, so chic!

Military

The military shoe trend is still going strong, especially when it comes to open toe booties.  These Report Mozelle open toe ankle boots are the prefect way to make your favorite sundress less frou-frou and more fashion-forward.

Flatforms

I am not at all a fan of flatforms.  Sure, this style gives you a bit of lift without pitching you forward on your toes, but I don’t see anything avant garde or “good-looking” about these shoes.  They’re not at all flattering, or easy to walk in for that matter. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention them here, because they’re being touted all over the fashion blogosphere as one of the hottest trends to watch.  At least I’m not alone – ShoeBlog wonders why flatforms are sweeping spring shelves.

Statement Wedges

The higher and brighter, the better!  I particularly love wedges with bold prints, like these Julian Louie for Aldo wedge booties.  Wait until you see my Michael Kors wedges, they’re super-high, super-light and I swear I can wear them all day long.

Embellished Flat Sandals

This week I’ll show you my favorite new pair of flat sandals, with plenty of elegant embellishment.  No one should have to resort to regular old flip flops when you can wear these Jessica Simpson embellished thong sandals!

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How To Rock The Military Shoe Trend This Spring

Military Ankle Boots

A little military inspiration can add just the right amount of tough-chic appeal to your spring look.   Sears Footwear created a great Fashion Military Trend video on Vimeo in which Fashion Shoe Expert Francesca Mills visits the West Village to get inspiration from hip New Yorkers on how to get the look.

My favorite way to wear the military look is with ankle boots.  Which of these hot picks do you like?

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