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April 30, 2015

Pumped-up and diversified are the hot spots for shoes this spring.

By Lynne Konstantin

Spring 2015 is, literally, like a breath of fresh air in fashion.
And though there are tons of new trends on the runways and at the corner boutique — from fringe to flats, from neutral to neon — there are two priorities that style-setters are seeing: strong, bold designs and easy-peasy wearability.

Over the course of a bundled-up winter, shoes have burgeoned as the best accessory a woman can wear, in part because so many of the styles are so archecturally clean-lined: A simple leather sneaker with an uplifted wedge heel, for example, can inject a whole lot of modern into a casual outfit, and can take you from an afternoon of work or lunching to a night out for cocktails.

This is the key to the season’s style, says Katie Johnston, co-owner of and buyer for Sundance Shoes in West Bloomfield. “All of the trends right now are driven by being able to wear them day and night,” she says. “No one ‘dresses’ anymore, and women don’t have a different shoe for every occasion — it’s all about having a few great shoes that can transition. You can buy a few pairs of shoes and wear them with lots of trends, rather than having ‘after-5’ shoes for one event.”

Espadrilles, she says, “have been huge, for every age. A young girl can wear a high, double platform, and a more mature woman can wear a lower heel. Both styles can be dressed up with a maxi skirt or capris, and dressed down with a pair of shorts and a T-shirt and a jean jacket.”

Johnston also is still seeing the fall-favorite slip-on skate sneaker, only it’s been amped-up a few notches, ranging from a higher platform or blingy gold zippers to a streamlined, sophisticated cut.

Another trend that’s both striking and multi-functional: the city-
sandal bootie. Like the fall/winter ankle bootie, that’s both chic and comfortable, the city-sandal version is lightened up for summer with open toes, cut-out heels or strappy gladiator embellishments. “They can have a clunky wooden heel but with an open toe, in colors from neutral nude to black leather,” says Johnston. “They look great with everything, and can go from daytime jeans to a little dress for a shower or cocktails, or with nice tailored pants. You can be funky at any age.”

Zach Kay of Found Objects in Birmingham agrees. “Someone in high school often wears the same style as their trendy grandma,” says Kay, co-owner of Found Objects in Birmingham. “Most of the styles our customers love are comfortable, easy-casual but refined.”

Win-win.

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