10 Spring Shoes & Cute Outfits to Match

Shoe styles come and go, and so do the fashion guidelines for how to wear them. Long gone are the days of having to match the color of your shoes to your outfit or pairing dressy shoes with dressy clothes only.

Today a new crop of shoes has inspired an anything-goes kind of shoe mentality. Here’s a look at five of the hottest spring shoes for 2019 and some cute outfits that look great with them.

Woven Mules - Blue Top

1. The Woven Mule

Mules have taken on an artisanal look this spring.  Woven loafers mules are the new “it” shoe.  These comfy flats have a basket weave beauty that works with a casual look from jeans to shorts to sundresses.

You’ll find woven loafer mules in several shades of neutral from dozens of popular brands. These crisp, white ones have a barely-there heel that makes them uber relaxed and comfy.  Wear them with jeans, a flowy blue blouse, a sporty tote and a pair of fab earrings.  What a great casual but classy look!

Spring Shoes - Straw Wedges

2. The Raffia Wedge

Here’s a sunny day shoe that looks cute with jeans, sundresses and will give you a leg up when wearing shorts. This classic espadrille is a favorite summer shoe because the thick platform wedge makes it is comfortable and easy to walk in. It also happens to make your legs look amazing!

You don’t need many other summer shoes when you have this one because the natural raffia finish goes with everything. In fact, it’s the earthy texture that gives this sandal its great summer vibe.

Spring Shoes - Snake Skin Slip Ons

3. The Slip-On Sneaker

The sporty-chic trend that started a couple of years ago ushered in slip-on sneakers, and this spring, they are more popular than ever. This comfortable shoe is versatile and easy to wear and comes in almost every finish you can imagine, including exotic snakeskin!

A slip-on sneaker is perfect for skinny jeans or cuffed boyfriend jeans, but don’t be afraid to wear it with a dressier look either.  Pair a fun slip-on sneaker with a pleated summer skirt and a clutch bag for a feminine look that’s sporty and youthful too.

Spring Shoes - Tan Strappy Block Heel

4. The Strappy Block Heel

All the pretty ruffle tops we see this spring and summer call for a feminine, sexy sandal. A strappy block heel sandal like this one above delivers!  Slip-on, this sexy cage sandal with the flared block heel, and get ready to make your entrance into spring. These shoes are showstoppers and will dress up any outfit and give you an effortlessly elegant look.

5. The Chic Wedge

When pumps are too dressy, and you don’t want to wear flats, try a stacked wedge heel. These blue suede wedges are the perfect complement to this rope bag and give this casual boilersuit a sophisticated boost.

Spring Shoes - Espadrille Wege Sandals

6. The Strappy Slide

Strappy slides are the hottest new shoe style this spring and give an effortlessly chic look. Your favorite espadrille inspires this Marcella slide sandal from Steve Madden with its summery chunky rope heel.

It comes in lots of colors, but my favorite is this tan nubuck shade, which pairs with everything and looks sophisticated. It’s the perfect match for this breezy pinstripe sundress, which I am sure will be snapped up in no time.

7. Pastel Shoes

Pale pinks, blues, yellows, and greens are the easter egg shades trending in shoes. I love the soft rose color of these sexy ankle strap shoes by Louise et Cie. The soft pink color combined with the edgy snakeskin texture is such an exciting combination. At 3 1/4 inches high, these are heels I can actually wear.

Pair these pointy toe pumps with a pretty special occasion dress, or wear them to dress up a more casual outfit like this one with the floral culottes and denim jacket.

8. Statement Sneaker

Oh, how we love our statement sneakers, and they are not going away anytime soon. In fact, they keep getting better and better. These trendy slip-on sneakers come in this gorgeous sage green and feature a thick bumper capsule, which is so popular right now.

Add to that these are made by Dr. Scholls and have an anatomically designed footbed, and you have the perfect casual shoe. You can bet they are like walking on a cloud.

9. Snake Print Shoes

You won’t have to go into the deep grass catch sight of a snake this spring and summer.  They’ll be plenty of snake print footwear all over city streets. Snake print footwear is hotter than it’s ever been, lending an exotic edge to any outfit.

This cute flat combines both the snake print trend and the strappy sandal trend I told you about earlier. Snake print is a great neutral and works with other neutrals or with solid colors.

10. Square Toes, Lucite Heels

It’s hip to be square this summer. Square-toed shoes are the newest in shape. Combine a square toe with the new trendy lucite heel, the slide style, and this pastel yellow color, and you have a very cool and futuristic-looking shoe.

What a great statement shoe and a real conversation starter! For shoe addicts, this fashion-forward shoe is for you!

What do you think of the new square-toed shoes?  Have you bought a pair of slides yet?
What shoes will you be wearing this spring and summer, and what will you be wearing them with?


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22 thoughts on “10 Spring Shoes & Cute Outfits to Match

  1. Some great ideas here. I will likely try a couple of them. I am not a big fan of laces and ankle straps, as I am too short. But I can sometimes pull of a flat if it has a low vamp. Slip on sneakers – actually, sneakers of any kind – are not a look that suits me. I leave sneakers in the gym because they just look dorky, no matter how I try to dress them. I have a couple of pairs that I bought when they first hit the market in Hong Kong a couple of years ago. The bottoms are not even dirty, that is how little they have been worn. More like tried on and then discarded in favour of somethig else.

  2. Hello. I look forward to reading your site every week. I am 50 years old, an attorney and mother of two teens and your advice is helpful with work and casual attire. As a petite person, 5’1″ it can sometimes be a challenge to keep updated as not all clothes look good on a shorter person. And often petite departments equate short with matronly which of course is the opposite goal. Please consider posting on styles for petite women. Thank you again for your relevant and expert advice!

  3. I will probably try all of the looks except the white. I’ve tried this look before and could not pull it off. I already have several pairs of slip on sneakers as they were around last year too. I’m going to seek out a metallic in both a flat and heel. It’s going to be a good fashion season. I’m on the hunt for a high waisted flare trouser (not jeans) but I have not found a pair yet. Any suggestions?

  4. Now that we are starting to have some spring-like weather, I am DYING to get my warm-weather shoes out into the sunlight…but with my foot in a cast for another month or so, I’m going to have to wait a while longer yet!! I expect I’ll appreciate them that much more when the day I can wear them finally DOES come!!

  5. Love the look of high heels and jeans, but can’t wear heels. Could you feature something on looking stylish for those of us who just can’t handle the high heels?

  6. Hi Deborah,
    I was planning on doing a post on the slip on sneaks soon. I love them. As you know, I can’t wear high heels due to my disease, but I have found more companies making comfortable yet stylish footwear. I have 2 pairs so far of the slip ons, one is a leopard print by Sam Eldeman, and they are so cushioned and feel great to wear. I can wear some gladiator sandals, mainly shoes that have cushioin and stability. I love the white shoes with the mostly white look. ..

  7. I have a pair of orange wedge sandals very similar to those in your photo. You are absolutely right, they go with anything. This summer, I wore them with everything from shorts to dresses, denim to linen. On top of all the other great things about wedges, they are great anytime you will be attending a function that requires walking on grass. You don’t sink in.

  8. For narrow feet, check – they manufacture in Spain and their sizing runs both a bit long and a bit slim, plus they offer narrow widths in many styles. They are not cheap but you can haunt the site for reductions and additional percentages off. Great shoes, lots of flats, low heels, wedges in addition to beautifully high looks. Great post.And yes to the suggestion for Earthies – they are great, offer an anatomical foot bed for comfort and support.

  9. I wish somebody would tell the shoe manufacturers that those of us with long skinny feet like cute shoes, too. With an 11 AAAA foot, I am looking at a lifetime of old lady shoes, which ironically are the only ones that are still manufactured in my size.

    1. Hi Emily, Have you tried Sometime Nordstroms on line has narrow shoes too. If you could ever get to NYC and have some custom shoes made they would be worth any price!

  10. Hi Deborah,

    Loved your article about summer shoes – especially ballet flats. My favourites are from Sambag. They do the cutest styles, and are extremely comfortable. I just bought the most divine pair of python skin ballet flats.

  11. I LOVE shoes! Almost once became a shoe designer, but never lost my affection for them. The ones you show here are great, and would suit any woman at almost any age. They look comfortable to wear and so stylish. Thanks for showing us all how we can put a little more zing in our lives!

  12. This is a great article. I always have trouble pairing shoes with outfits. Would like to see the same type article for winter wear. Thanks for all your help!

  13. I love Privos. They are the perfect combination of style and comfort.
    I also love Earthies. They are stylish shoes with a heel that can be worn all day. By the same people who gave us Earth shoes.