Spring, the time of year when boots get ditched, sandals become the main attraction, and toes come out to play! We get so excited at the end of winter to get our pedicures and update our beloved spring shoe collection in an attempt to channel the sunshine. With shoe trends constantly changing, what is popular one year may be out the next, so it’s important for any shoe obsessed man or woman to keep up with newly emerging trends in the wonderful world of shoes!
Moving into spring 2014, there are numerous shoe trends that we are already seeing such as sleek pumps, cut outs, colorful loafers, and even chunky platforms. These are the newest, most eye catching shoe trends that we will see this season as people walk the catwalk of their daily lives. However, the statement shoe is of an entirely different breed. Yes, many statement shoes incorporate bits and pieces of what the trend forecasters are predicting to be “hot” each season, but they also take those fashionable hints with a grain of salt.
Statement shoes, by definition are shoes that make a statement. They are pieces of art that the most exquisite shoe collectors wear on their feet season after season to draw attention of those who pass them by, or dare to stop and stare. They take trends to another level! Typically, they are made in small quantities because there isn’t a huge market for people who have an expendable income to purchase these high priced creations, and are crafted of the finest materials designers can source. Each pair of statement shoes appeals to a different consumer or meets a need in the shoe market that has not been met by anyone else. They are unique and special in every way imaginable.
No matter how interested you are in purchasing statement shoes for the spring 2014 season, one thing is for sure, these shoes are detailed, avant garde, and bare some of the highest price tags that shoes have to offer.
10. Alice + Olivia, Jana Striped Canvas Wedge Sandals: $280
These wedges can certainly be seen from a mile away with their vibrant stripes and artful design. They are perfect for spring with their nautical inspiration that will certainly add a splash of style anywhere you need it. The iconic thick stripes will work with your wardrobe and add a bit of spice! These shoes are constructed with a towering wedge, which is a 4.75 inch wedge and a 1.5 inch platform. This will offer lots of height for any woman who needs it! The adjustable ankle straps makes it easy for you to wear these sky high wedges both in comfort and with total fashion appeal.
9. Opening Ceremony, Grunge Patent Oxfords: $290
With spring’s focus on chunky shoes, these are like none other and are certain to cause a stir of attention coming your way. The shoe itself is a solid gray patent leather with a contrasting white, which is a rather basic design. It is contrasted with a two and a half inch heel and chunky rubber sole, which helps the shoe stand out. The topstitch details are exposed and create even more of an eye catching appeal. Even though this is a relatively casual look, these statement shoes can be effortlessly paired with feminine spring looks to create an allover edgy style.
8. Sergio Rossie, Colorblock Pump: $620
These are the perfect spring time sleek pump with its classic stiletto design in polished leather with the contrasting capped toe and heel. The beige and turquoise colors complement each other quite nicely and scream spring colors through the muted pastel. These beauties even come with a replacement heel and a protective shoe bag to keep them safe. The statement aspect comes from the twist on the classic pump design with the color black details. Lastly, the almost five inch heel will guarantee a sky high arrival from everyone lucky enough to own a pair.
7. Mary Katrantzou, Floral Heel: $685
Since spring is all about florals and being flirty and fun, this classically designed heel with floral allover detail is beyond eye catching and a glorious addition to any spring closet! The design is printed on the leather covered shoe and features tonal stitching. They are the perfect attention grabbing, sleek pump to pair with your favorite flirty skirt in the spring sunshine. These flawless heels were also featured in Harper’s Bazaar March 2014 issue, making them an even more yearned for and exclusive accessory.
6. Gianvito Rossi, Pointed Toe Pump: $905
These pumps prove that it’s all in the details! Though these shoes are not designed in any loud colors, but in a simple beige, they have silver lightning bolts lining the trim of the shoe were the foot lays. Talk about setting the trend on fire! These bolts are so eye catching, that you don’t need any other details to make this perfect spring time heel a true winner. Made complete with a four inch heel, narrow toeline, and leather sole, you may not need any other shoe in your closet.
5. Alexandre Birman, Python Gladiator Knee-High Sandal Boots: $950
Gladiator sandals are a spring/summer trend that first hit stores a few seasons ago and has truly stuck, and gotten higher and higher with the passing of each and every season. This pair of gladiator sandals are extra exotic and a statement piece that everyone is sure to remember with a fifteen inch shaft made of python leather winding all the way up the calf of your leg. They zip all the way up the back and feature a leather lining and sole. This gladiator silhouette is truly an attention grabber that can be paired with any item in your wardrobe.
4. Dolce & Gabbana, Jeweled Woven Straw Smoking Slippers: $995
These comfortable, yet vibrant straw smoking slippers are made in Italy and the perfect spring time addition to any closet. Constructed with care, they are covered in intricate details starting with the woven straw design to the glamorous, sparkling crystals that are thoughtfully sewn on to the naturalistic silhouette. The floral design is comprised of a mixture of both opaque and glistening crystal to make up the petals. The shoe is made complete with the padded insoles, making them perfect to wear on days in between heels.
3. Narcisco Rodriguez, Two-Tone T-Strap Pump: $995
These stilettos are the epitome of a fabulous spring time statement shoe with their black and white color blocking, and the variation of snakeskin thrown into the mix to further grab your attention! They are extra flattering and will pair perfectly with skinny jeans, tailored shorts, and your favorite spring dress all the same. The banded capped toe effortlessly indulges in the cut-out trend, making them fashion forward in design, while the leather ankle strap closure brings sexy to a whole new level.
2. Lanvin, Gold Yellow Pumps: $1,190
Lanvin is notorious for producing some of the most elaborate and spectacular statement shoes season after season, and these certainly fit the mold. They are a beautiful, eye-catching gold-yellow color that will add the extra pop of color that every fashionista yearns for as soon as spring comes about. However, the real statement component comes from the fantastic wrap around the ankle that is brocade and embellished in gold hues. Tying this highly structured strap around your ankle will draw attention with every wrap of a bow that you complete.
1. Christian Louboutin, Mariniere Strappy Python Sandals: $1,295
Every aspect of this spring shoe was built to draw attention and definitely falls into the category of “statement shoe.” Made of genuine python leather that alternates flawlessly with glossy patent leather straps in a multitude of colors, this technique creates a fun shoe that is brightly colored for the warmer weather. They zip up the back, making them extra flirty, and giving the shoe extra detail and feature a leather interior and sole. Of course, this strappy sandal comes with the signature Christian Louboutin red soles.
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