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Get an edge with a wedge.
By "Today" Style Editor
updated 5/6/2005 4:00:30 PM ET 2005-05-06T20:00:30

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.

Don't hedge, get a wedge.

Set the wedge
One of the gotta-have-it styles for spring is the red-hot wedge (and you’ll score extra fashion points if you choose a revamped version of the classic espadrille). You’ll find plenty of options, ranging from open-toe and sandal versions to closed-toe styles dressed up in satin, leather or suede, Wear with ’70s-styled boho tunics and you’ll have one of the trendiest looks of the season, head to toe.

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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.

Shoes never smelled this sweet.

Fancy florals
Spring shoes are abloom with roses, daisies, gardenias — in fact, practically every flower you can imagine — making them perfect to wear with solid colors, jeans or khakis. They’re sweet and charming as a must-have flat, especially in the hot-to-trot ballerina style. Try one in canvas for the perfect spring-into-summer shoe! You will also find them printed on leather in very dressy styles from office-ready pumps to evening sandals. And don’t forget that floral trims, such as fabric flowers applied to the tops of your shoes, are another fun spring trend.

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

Put your best foot forward.

Think feminine
Another must-have of the season is a pretty, feminine slingback or pump to go with spring’s wonderfully flirtatious looks. (It’s also a quick and easy way to instantly update all of your suits and dresses.) One of the strongest trends in this category is that of the peep-toe pump, usually seen in a slingback style. Up the feminine appeal by wearing one in a pretty lace fabric, or a floral print, or studded with bows — or all three! The feminine shoe looks best in pale or bright colors, so step away from navy, black or brown.

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

A pair of gems.

Embellish a little
The gemstone-embellished shoe lives on for spring, especially for casual daywear. We love the look of a strappy sandal studded with turquoise and coral stones (two of the trendy gemstones you will find adorning everything from tees to jewelry). You will also find shoes decorated with sequins, jewels, metal studs, charms and much more. This season, when it comes to embellishment, the more the better. 

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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!)

Shoes, the south-of-the border way.

Go native
Looking for something a little low-key? The native Mexican huarache is back in a big way. What’s a huarache, you ask? It’s that comfortable looking, woven leather flat you notice your mother wearing in some of her old photos — proof that everything that goes around comes around once again. The huarache can be found in its traditional flat sandal style in rich brown leather, but you’ll find many updated versions to choose from as well. We love the look of huarache-style pumps — a very modern way to dress up a suit or a pair of pants.

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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, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

firstVIEW is the primary supplier of photos to Fashion Friday. Go to www.firstVIEW.comfor the latest pictures from top fashion shows around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Milan, Brazil, New Zealand, South Korea and more.

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