Spring 2010 Shoe Trends

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I love when the seasons start to change because it's always an excuse to buy more shoes. Even though we just had a hardcore blizzard in Philly and everything is covered in snow, I'm already looking forward to updating my shoe collection for spring.

Of course, last year's sandals and flats will still get plenty of wear, but here are the spring shoe trends I'm most excited about...

Bright Statement Pumps

Statement Pumps

ModCloth - Lela Rose for Payless - Christian Siriano for Payless

Nine West - Giuseppe Zanotti (major splurge) - Forever21

Target - Target - Naughty Monkey

These are so refreshing and just plain fun when compared to winter's darker and edgier heels. Any bright color and/or exciting pattern will do for this look, but florals will probably be your safest bet if you're worried about standing out too much. Keep it classy by sticking with conservative shapes and cuts; the excitement should all be in the pattern. (I couldn't resist throwing the Giuseppe Zanotti's in there even though they're about $600 -- so gorgeous.)

Glammed Up Gladiators

Gladiator Sandals

Steve Madden - DV by Dolce Vita - Target

Target - Bumper - Bumper

Urban Outfitters - Bumper - Airwalk

I have to admit, I was really slow to pick up on the gladiator trend -- in fact, I still do not currently own a pair of gladiators. They're back again, though, and with more bells and whistles than ever. This year's gladiators seem to be moving up the ankle, with straps and also a scrunchy hooded look that I'm quite fond of.

For the most flattering look, get these in a nude color so they don't cut off the line of your leg, but if you want to assert your fashionista side, try black or a bold solid.

Unconventional Flats

Unconventional Flats

Urban Outfitters - Urban Outfitters - Christian Siriano for Payless

Forever 21 - Forever 21 - Urban Outfitters

ModCloth, Urban Outfitters, Breckelle

As the weather slowly warms up and it no longer feels like torture to expose your feet, it'll be time to start trading out your heavy winter boots for whimsical spring flats. I adore the huge variety of styles to experiment with this year. These playful looks will definitely add that "pop" to any outfit.

Oxfords and oxford-inspired styles are all over the place, as are demure vintage looks. You could also experiment with the canvas sneaker effect -- classic Keds make a great investment piece.

The Winner

And here is my absolute favorite shoe from this week's browsing adventures:

alice + olivia for Payless

It doesn't really follow any of the trends I just described above but that doesn't change the fact that I'm crazy about it. I love the shape, the height, the colors, the perfect combination of simplicity and detail; the other side also has a beautiful exposed zipper, see here. This just goes to show that while fashion trends are fun and make for great inspiration, you sometimes need to look beyond what everyone else is scrambling over to find what you're in love with.

What do you think?

What shoe trends are you most excited about for spring? Have you already done some early spring shopping? Or -- do you have favorites from last year that you're going to wear again? Would you try any of these trends? Leave a comment and tell us your thoughts!

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