Put spring in your step with this fab footwear

One of the (many) bad things about winter is that it brings fashion limits.

OK, coats can look great, and when it comes to footwear, nothing beats a great pair of stylish boots.

But that’s about it.

And that’s why footwear fans look forward eagerly to the first signs of warmer weather and the promise of putting some spring in their steps with the abundant array of super shoes.

So, what’s the news in shoes for spring? Colorful brights, abundant florals, flats, T-straps, plenty of retro styles (including the must-have wedge, stacked heel or huarache) and a plethora of feminine details.

The latest styles are all here in the newest edition of our weekly fashion and beauty update.

Good news, bad news. The wedge heel is far more comfortable than a regular high-heeled shoe, but watch your step. It’s not uncommon to twist an ankle because a wedge doesn’t offer as much support in the arches.

Want to push the trend? Step lively in embellished flats with a splattering of sequins or in metallics — especially gold or silver.

Want to go one step further? Try the same style in a beautifully colored and textured faux snakeskin, embellished with jewels.

Up the trend ante by wearing a strappy, high-heel sandal with a T-strap, highlighted by a big bauble. (They’re not just meant to be worn as rings or bracelets, you know!)

The huarache works best with spring’s more ethnic-inspired “globetrotting” trend — stay tuned to future editions of this report to learn all about it!

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site, , which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

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