Shoe trends for Spring/Summer 2012

Last week, we gave bag addicts some food for thought and some handy hints, in the form of a refresher course on what trends dominated the world’s runways during the Spring/Summer 2012 collections. This time, we’re focusing on another accessory, and the ultimate weakness for many a fashion-lover: shoes.

If you want to pick up some fab footwear for the upcoming season, we’re here to fill you in on how to be totally on-trend. Take the ideas that appeal to you, and make them your own. Get inspired.

It would be easier to list the designers that didn’t show their take on the heeled, strappy sandal. From minimal to plentiful, from unadorned to with buckles, chain, or beads, this look reigned supreme.

Another equally feminine style that cropped up often was the pointy toe. For work, dinner, or a night out, sport a pair and you’ll be completely on point.

If it’s comfort you’re after, grab a pair of cute sneakers. Think high-top styles that are more fashion than function (this is one trend we’re super-happy to get on board with!).

We’re also huge fans of the fresh, sturdy silhouette known as the flatform. A blend of a flat and a platform, we love that flatforms give us extra height, minus the off-balance feeling and teetering that can come with wedges and heels.

As for details, look for shoes that showcase woven or braided materials. These chic accents do double duty, adding interest and texture.

Check back next week for more tips that’ll help you turn the sidewalk into your very own catwalk.

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