Discover the Top 10 Must-Have Shoe Styles for Summer 2008!
Put your Best Foot Forward in Summer’s Hottest Footwear
With footwear no longer used solely for complementing the outfit, the statement shoe has reemerged as one of the main trends for spring 2008. Celebs like Amanda Bynes are showing off spring’s hottest styles like statement flats and T-strap sandals. From wooden platforms to metallics and gladiator sandals, spring’s shoe trends offer plenty of options for all tastes and personalities. Now is the time to make a dramatic statement with footwear choices, so put your best foot forward with our top ten hottest styles and must-have trends.
The Top 10 Must-Have Shoes for Summer 2008
Shoe Trend #1: Colorful Print Shoes
From florals to exotic patterns, colorful prints are making a comeback this season. Look for an emphasis on citrus colors such as orange, yellow, lime, and pink, especially if they are bordering neon. The cherry blossom print on these J. Crew flats is such an easy way to add a punch of color into an otherwise basic outfit. In addition, the extra embellishment of the chain link detail set with pave crystals is beautiful.
Shoe Trend #2: Wooden Platform Sandals
There’s something about wooden platform sandals that makes us crave hot temperatures and a stylish outfit. These wooden platform sandals from Steve Madden do just that and make your legs look like they go on for miles. Pair them with a flowy maxi dress for added height or a shift mini dress for a look that will turn heads your way.
Shoe Trend #3: Wedges
Wedges are the ideal choice for adding height without having to sacrifice comfort. Discover sky-high options, gladiator styles and updated versions of last year’s trends. Stuart Weitzman has created a glammed-up translation with the "Juty" wedges, complete with a cork wedge checkered with metallic leather and mirror-finished calfskin straps that will look amazing with wide-leg jeans or one of this season’s mini dresses.
Shoe Trend #4: T-Strap Sandals
The T-strap sandal is getting a fresh makeover for spring with added jewels and embellishments available in any style from flats to wedges to heels. These shoes show off the feet and are open and airy by nature, making them perfect for the warmer months. These BCBG leather T-strap sandals are the definition of sexy with their stacked high heels, gold hardware, and adjustable ankle strap.
Shoe Trend #5: Mary Jane Flats
While ballerina flats have been trendy for a couple of years now, the next step for this style is the Mary Jane flat. Try these Mary Jane T-strap flats from Forever 21 for an instant update. When coupled with cute skirts and skinny jeans, the extra strap across the foot gives the look of an additional innocent flair.
Shoe Trend #6: Peep-toe Slingbacks
Show off that hot pedicure with this season’s trendy peep-toe slingback heels. They are less confining than regular pumps, easy to wear and very stylish. Aldo shoes has created the perfect patent leather slingbacks which include stud details and a chic high heel great for a night out on the town.
Shoe Trend #7: Metallic Sandals
Shimmer on in gold and silver in this spring’s metallic footwear trends. With the ability to match virtually anything, these metallic heels are a great option to bring when going on vacation. Step into these Frye woven metallic sandals that also incorporate the wooden platform and T-strap trends of spring and summer.
Shoe Trend #8: Ankle-strap Flats
Stemming from the gladiator footwear, ankle-strap flats take the shoes a step further. Tall girls are rejoicing with this trend, as this footwear adds interest to basic flats and can add style to any outfit. These ankle-strap flats from Steve Madden include a thick ankle cuff and thong style, creating a timeless look.
Shoe Trend #9: Gladiator Sandals
Gladiator sandals are the ultimate shoe trend for the upcoming season. Once relatively neutral, these sandals are receiving additional flair with extra straps and colors galore. While some designers are showing this trend in wild styles, we found a toned down option with Mia’s sleek and simple gladiator thong sandals.
Shoe Trend #10: Snakeskin Sandals
Snakeskin heels are the perfect pattern to spice up your warm weather wardrobe. For spring, Nine West has created a pair of strappy snakeskin heels that not only feature faux snakeskin material but also multi-colored straps for an added burst of color.
Article Written By: Jenny Herman: Jenny has degrees in Psychology and Fashion, loves to write and style, and tries to find the fun in every situation.
Graphic Work: Kimberly Kong
Celebrity Photo: PR Photos