Chilly mornings, warm afternoons, blustery winds, warm breezes. Rain and mud, sunshine and clear skies. Spring has it all. I live in the Northeast so Spring has it's own challenges of melting snow (possibly more snow; you're never really safe) and temperature swings of 40 degrees on some days. I think the hardest part for me is footwear. I want to wear light floral fun outfits, but often the mucky yucky roads prevent it. Here are 5 must have shoes for Spring and how to style around them. The great news? They're all available at Target and are all super affordable. I know clothing capsules have become popular, but creating a shoe capsule can be great too. I find that once a season changes I tend to rotate the same shoes over and over. So if I HAD to narrow down my shoes to 5 choices, these would be the ones that make the cut!
1. A "Wellie"
I was against the idea of rain boots for grown-ups for so long. I couldn't understand why anyone would need them. Where were they living that they had knee-high water to contend with? After having my hunters for a few years I have changed my mind. They keep my feet dry through the melting snow puddles and also look cute with a variety of outfits. Hunters can be pricey and a bit heavy, but there are so many other brands making stylish "wellies" now that you can definitely find a pair in your style and price point!
To style taller boots, I love pairing them with boot socks, a dress, and a knee-length raincoat. They can also work over skinny jeans with a fun button down shirt. Shorter rain boots can be paired with jeans and a lighter Spring sweater and anorak.
2. A "Shootie"
The cousin of the fall bootie, the shootie has a similar silhouette but is cut a little shorter on the ankle. Shooties are perfect paired with a floral dress or with jeans and a motto jacket. They're stylish but comfortable. Warmer Spring weather means you can have some fun with cutouts and a peep toe. I also pair mine under boot cut jeans sometimes and no one knows they aren't a full pair of boots.
3. A Classic mule or clog
I'm not sure if anyone's told you but clogs and mules are back (along with much of the 90's). I like the versatility that these shoes provide and how quickly you can throw them on and be out the door. I lived in clogs in college (though I regret that while they were super comfy, they were not very attractive). Mules and clogs have gotten a serious update and you can find really cute ones in pretty leathers and suede. I really like a cognac colored clog. You can pair these with a sundress and denim jacket or skinny jeans and a fun t-shirt.
4. A Spring Flat
Since the weather is nicer and you may be taking a walk on your lunch break or doing some shopping at outdoor markets, a fun flat is a must for Spring. I've said it before but the Universal Thread Line at Target makes the most comfortable flats. I have them in black and cognac for work. I stand all day and these have such a nice cushion in them. Flats are great because you can wear them with sundresses, jeans, or crops- anything goes. If I'm going somewhere that I plan to wear heels I will wear them to commute and then change when in the building to save my heels from getting destroyed. Honestly though? I think these flats are so cute you don't need to change out of them at all!
5. A Non-Athletic Sneaker
Summer to fall I love a non-athletic sneaker or tennis shoe. They're comfortable and practical but they can go with so many things. You can pair them with denim cutoffs and an off the shoulder sweatshirt or skinny jeans and a hoodie. To dress them up a bit you can wear leggings, a t-shirt, and a motto jacket. I love them paired with a sundress and denim jacket. They're also a great casual option if you're traveling and will be walking quite a bit without screaming "tourist" the way an athletic sneaker would.
I hope this gave you some ideas of how to create a shoe capsule for Spring. Each of these shoes can be dressed up or down and are comfortable and functional enough to wear every day! Do you create shoe capsules?