After last year’s harsh winter and cold spring, winter 2017 throughout the South has been downright spring-like. We’re holding our breath as flowers and trees start to bloom, hoping that a deep freeze is not coming, but these pleasant temperatures and sunshine are definitely making us aware that we want some new shoes to embrace the season, even if technically it’s a bit early on the calendar. Here are the ones we’re especially liking right now, and we think you will too!

Sneakers

Let’s start with five pairs of updated sneakers that are meant for anywhere except the gym:

Because these are leather, as opposed to canvas, keeping them white is a bit easier. Consider these an immediate favorite Note, these run a little small. $198. Shop here.

If you love this same look, but want a less expensive version, Superga makes this canvas/rope style that’s pretty fabulous. $99.  Shop here.

And speaking of Superga, since we’re big fans of comfort and look, metallic sneaks are a HUGE trend, and Superga makes these pretties in both rose gold and silver for $79. Shop here.

These blue gingham sneakers are adorable. Pair with white jeans, a skirt, shorts or a sundress. All that is left is to embrace the sunshine! Find them for $88. Shop here.

And speaking of blue, check out these ruffled slip-ons. Added fun details to sneakers is definitely a trend you’ll want to embrace this spring. Find them in four colors for $120. Shop here.

Mules & Slides

Mules are the runaway trend of the season. You’ll see them pop up everywhere from flats to heels and from dressy to casual. Here are five of our favorites.

Since we just talked ruffles, let talk ruffles again (although these are a bit pricier). At 2.5 inches, these block heels show off your toes and are far from the beige/natural shoe that won’t be noticed! Kick up your style with these for sure-fire compliments. Find them for $345. Shop here. 

For a more noticeable color, red always works. Note this tied-up look, as it’s big this year for shoes and clothing. At 3 inches, these shoes show off toes and heels in fabulous style. Available for $148 in two colors (red and yellow), they are selling out quickly, so heads up if these are making you drool. Shop here.

Speaking of bright colors that make us smile, this hot pink Loeffler Randall shoe is perfection. With a 2-inch block heel, it’s also available in a metallic gold, natural beige and black, but we love the pink. $350 | Shop here.

Loafers, especially the slip on mule variety, are instant style stars in any wardrobe. The tassel variety, as seen here, or the penny loafer variety (see examples here and here) are a new spin on a traditional shoe. These come in dusty blue, shiny silver and black for $89.95. Shop here.

These are simply the spring season personified in a shoe. Sigh. $99.99 | Shop here.

A Carnival of Color Sandals

Yes, adding a pair of colorful sandals will have you waiting with baited breath for temperatures just a wee bit higher than they are right now. Consider these your “I just can’t wait” shoes that can smile at you each day until you get to wear them … which is just around the corner!

The tamest of the sandals here, these bright tangerine Franco Sarto sandals pair well with the nautical trends that pop up each spring. This also comes in six different colors for $68.95. Shop here.

Now, let’s talk bold and bright. Embellishments are big for shoes this year, and that includes pompoms, as seen on these pink gladiator-style sandals. When your shoes need to be the focal point of your outfit, these are the answer! $198 (but currently 30% off with code WEEKEND) | Shop here.

Another example of embellishments reigning supreme, these Sam Edelman sandals have color, pompoms, beads and a toe loop (we love a toe loop!) to make a trip to the beach or home city lunch date that much more fun. $109.99 (down from $130 as we found them at Dillard’s on sale)| Shop here.

How fun are these? And, those are individual beads, not just a patterned fabric. $130 | Shop here.

And for the gal who has the burning desire — and funds — for these Christian Louboutins (why do they have to be so darn desirable?), know that we’re jealous. $795. Shop here.

Yes, shoes make us happy and this spring weather makes us even happier!

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