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Spring is in the air, or at least that’s what our calendars tell us. Though here in New York, it’s too cold for us to consider winter over, it’s nearly spring break and the tulips are about to bud on Park Avenue. Which brings us to our main question: what are we going to wear?
When it comes to footwear, shedding the hulking silhouette of a sturdy winter boot in favor of something a little more delicate is a sentiment shared by many of our editors. A pair of lacelike Ferragamo mules are at the top of Features and Commerce Editor Lilah Ramzi’s shopping list. Contributing Editor Chloe Malle is eyeing Margaux flat sandals with a friendly reminder—it’s also pedicure season!
With the majority of editors opting for a toe-exposing approach, others reach for a 1990s-esque footing. Commerce writer Laura Jackson’s Prada pick proves penny loafers are here to stay and Christian Allaire will be taking Ariat Cowboy boots out for a ride in the city. Unsurprisingly, color also took center stage, with a couple of editors going big with bold hues. It is (almost) spring, after all.
Shop our hand-chosen pairs to put a little spring in your step.
Chioma Nnadi, Global Network Lead & Editor, Vogue.com
“I’m a sucker for anything crystal embellished and these shoes speak to all the glittering hopes I have for a new spring wardrobe: a really easy classic style with just a splash of playful fun.”
André-Naquian Wheeler, Fashion News Writer
“This spring, I want to hone in on mixing tailored, sharp pieces with more casual, downtime ones. These Birkenstock x Fear of God sandals feel like the perfect shoe to wear with a pair of crispy, creased slacks and a billowy shirt. The Birkenstock is an enduring off-duty shoe, but the suede fabrication adds a welcome sophisticated touch to things. Plus, FOG is such a hot menswear brand right now. Hopefully, I can snag a pair before they inevitably go fast.”
Julie Tong, Commerce Director
“This spring I’m leaning into the tried-and-true loafer, but those elevated with gold accents, croc details and a little height. (I’m 5’2” after all). They are a timeless wardrobe staple I hope to wear throughout the season with my repertoire of midi dresses and skirts.”
Chloe Malle, Contributing Editor
“Is it too early for sandals? Probably but it’s also been 60 degrees in February, so all rules may be out the window. I love the barely there-ness of these sandals and I always love a contrasting white stitch with camel leather. Add a pedicure and you’re good to go!”
Eliseé Browchuk, Production and Marketing Manager
“I’ve been eyeing these hot pink Acne pumps for a while. The slingback style is very wearable and the fuschia tone will be a perfect pop of color as a transition for my winter wardrobe into spring.”
Laia Garcia-Furtado, Senior Fashion News Editor, Vogue Runway
“I love ridiculous shoes and the Loewe cartoon pumps are simply too irresistible. I’ve got my eye on the floral print ones, but there’s something about the red that also feels exactly right.”
Laura Jackson, Commerce Writer
“Don’t get me wrong; I love a classic, menswear-inspired loafer. However, sometimes, you just want a little more edge. Enter these Prada platform leather loafers. They toughen up any look to perfection, especially when with a mini or midi skirt.”
Lilah Ramzi, Features and Commerce Editor
“I have always been a Ferragamo-fan and was so pleased to see their Fall 2023 show get laudable all over Instagram last week. As I already have a collection of Vara pumps (the perfect shoe, IMHO) these mules rank high on my shopping list.”
Lauren Sanchez, Contributing Editor
“I have a fascination with pairing grunge and delicate together when it comes to fashion and getting a pair of Dr. Martens to wear with a silky slip dress feels right this Spring.”
Christian Allaire, Fashion and Style Writer
“This spring, I’m really into cowboy boots. I’ve always loved the look of them but have struggled to style them. But I think I’ve cracked the code: I can’t wait to wear a sleek black pair with denim shorts.”
Kiana Murden, Beauty Commerce Writer
“I’m officially in my flats era. Well, maybe the kitten heel era is a better descriptor. I’ve decided it’s finally time to actually be comfortable when running around NYC. I was influenced by Taylor Anderson on our social team to buy these incredible Senso mules; apparently, they’re as comfy as they are chic. A pair of nude, kitten heel slingbacks may or may not have also been purchased just in time for spring.”
Naomi Elizée, Editor
“The last month, I’ve been wearing boots and heels nonstop, so I am excited to get back into my sneaker wear. Just purchased these Vitamin D-inducing yellow sneakers from Adidas and I can’t wait to pull them into my wardrobe as I transition into Spring dressing.”