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The Shoes Vogue Editors Are Wearing This Spring? Ballet Flats, Micro Heels, and More

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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,

Alaïa crystal-embellished leather ballet flats

“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.”

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Khaite Marcy crystal-embellished mesh flats

Bottega Veneta Sparkle flats

André-Naquian Wheeler, Fashion News Writer

Birkenstock 1774 x Fear of God suede sandals

“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.”

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Birkenstock Boston buckled suede backless loafers

Birkenstock Boston soft footbed clogs

Julie Tong, Commerce Director

Bottega Veneta embellished patent-leather loafers

“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.”

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Prada unlined brushed leather loafers

GH Bass Whiteney Weejuns loafers

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!”

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Ancient Greek Sandals Estia leather sandals

Valentino Garavani Rockstud leather sandals

Eliseé Browchuk, Production and Marketing Manager

Acne Studios leather-trimmed pumps

“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.”

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Prada brushed leather slingback pumps

Tory Burch pointed slingback pumps

Laia Garcia-Furtado, Senior Fashion News Editor, Vogue Runway

Loewe Comic chunky vinyl pumps

“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.”

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Proenza Schouler Arc mule sandals

Vince Ceil padded leather mules

Laura Jackson, Commerce Writer

Prada Spazzolato logo platform leather loafers

“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.”

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& Other Stories heeled leather penny loafers

Gucci leather lug sole loafers

Lilah Ramzi, Features and Commerce Editor

Ferragamo Glo scalloped textile mules

“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.”

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Bottega Veneta quilted leather mules

Zara heeled leather slides

Lauren Sanchez, Contributing Editor

Dr. Martens Sinclair nappa leather platform boots

“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.”

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Proenza Schouler textured-leather ankle boots

Christian Allaire, Fashion and Style Writer

Ariat Heritage cowboy boots

“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.”

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Mango cowboy leather boots

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.”

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Maje leather strappy heels

Totême Pencil 50 patent-leather mules

Naomi Elizée, Editor

Adidas Originals Gazelle indoor sneakers

“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.”

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Adidas Originals Gazelle indoor sneakers

Adidas Originals Gazelle indoor sneakers

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