The Best Shoes for Spring, from Non-Fug Rain Boots to the Prettiest Slides You've Ever Seen

Buy now, try to figure out how to wear now with socks.

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As much as we harp on how you can wear practically anything anytime if you try hard and believe in yourself, there are still some climate-related limitations—especially when it comes to footwear. Peep the best shoes next season has to offer, and start scheming (creative sock usage, fund acquisition, etc.) now.

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Wedges (Sorry, Queen Elizabeth)

The monarch is known for abhorring shoes with these thick soles, but we're quite certain Anna Sui, Lacoste, and several other designers this season could convince her otherwise. If anything, the cutouts and prints should make their impending reemergence an easier pill to swallow.

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Everybody's Favorite: Slides

Ya boy continues to rule the runway, probably because it is easy to wear and easier to take off under your desk when you think nobody is looking. Designers like Missoni, pictured above, are getting more creative than ever with their treatments of mules and such, bringing in patterns and laces and interesting fabrications. Make friends with your pumice stone, though—these guys are hard on the heels. 

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Rosie Assoulin

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Court Shoes but "Court" in the Sense of the Sun King

If you were wearing these Mary Katrantzou loafers and hopped on the 3:14 p.m. time machine to Louis Quatorze France, he would immediately have you drawn and quartered so he could have your glittery shoes. The rest of us in 2017 would probably do the same, honestly, because these majestic pumps often come with carved heels, and that is the best. 

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Court Shoes

Rosie Assoulin

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Low-Slung Ankle Boots

Boots? In spring? Well, yeah, just to keep putting off getting a pedicure. These Proenza Schoulers, cut low across the top of the foot, instead put the emphasis on your legs, which is thoughtful but also like, ugh, have to shave. Or not. 

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Ankle Boots

Christopher Kane

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Fashion lives for a Studio 54 moment, and not even Gucci is exempt from that well-worn theme. No matter, because this platform 2.0 is, at once, more danceable and more extravagant. Just check out the Rococo velvet on the ones in the next slide. 

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Mary Katrantzou

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Being the Most Extra

Prad-ahhhhh! Put a feather boa around your ankle, a leopard coat under your sole, and a lot of direct deposits in your bank account, because this spring, more is not enough. 

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Being the Most Extra

Marco de Vincenzo

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Curiously, the new boots seem to be a Frankenstein's monster of bits of other kinds of shoes cobbled together. For example, a moon boot and a sneaker went into the making of this one from Coach, while the next takes parts from a ballerina flat and a Converse. Interesting. 

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Marco de Vincenzo

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Mismatched Pairs

Ha! What'd we say? In support of our declaration that wearing two different shoes is no cause for alarm (wishful thinking, but play along), Raf Simons showed similar-but-not-identical pairs at Calvin Klein. Then Naomie Harris wore them to the Oscars, and we were vindicated.

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Mismatched Pairs


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