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Saunter into spring with these standout shoes

March 20, 2013 at 8:36 AM ET

Video: Kick off your winter boots and put a little spring in your step with new sandals, sneakers, and heels. Bahar Takhtehchian of Shape magazine shows off some of the season’s trendiest picks.

Every year, Shape Magazine puts dozens of pairs of kicks through their paces and makes recommendations based on stability, style, comfort and other criteria. Here is a roundup of Shape's standout shoes for spring:

Category: Heels

Shoes for the office
Boutique 9
$99
NineWest.com

Bold colors are in this spring. Every woman should own nude pointy-toe pumps, but sporting a classic shoe in a bold color (like the Boutique 9 Sally) is a fun way to make an otherwise neutral work outfit pop.

Shoes for a night out on the town
Sam Edelman
$130
SamEdelman.com

In the evening, it's appropriate to show a little skin. A strappy shoe like the Sam Edelman Allie adds instant sex appeal to any outfit. The metallic hardware gives this ankle strap stiletto some edge.

Category: Sandals

Shoes for a beach vacation
TKEES
$50
Tkees.com

These leather flip-flops are simple but stylish. They can be worn at the beach or while running errands.

Shoes for a night out on the town
Jessica Simpson
$79
JessicaSimpson.com

This platform Keira cork wedge sandal can be worn during the day with shorts or jeans, or at night with a summer dress. The shoe will make any woman look taller, but the platform heel will ensure that she remains comfortable.

Category: Flats

Shoes for work
Steve Madden
$99.95
SteveMadden.com

These Conncord loafers are comfortable but don't sacrifice any style. They feature beading and rhinestone detailing and are inspired by slippers and menswear.

Shoes for relaxing on the weekends
Sperry Top-Sider
$60
SperryTopsider.com

The flat espadrille look is fun, chic and comfortable. This Katama espadrille comes in a variety of colors and prints. It's a staple for spring strolls and summer brunches.

Category: Running shoes

Shoes for sprinting
Saucony Kinvara 3
$100
Saucony.com

This featherweight shoe is just 6.7 ounces — that's nearly 2 ounces lighter than most running shoes. Its low weight makes the shoe ideal for sprinters. This is a good shoe for anyone who likes to do speed intervals or shorter races.

Shoes for distance running
Asics Gel-Kayano 19
$150
AsicsAmerica.com

This shoe is perfect for long-distance runners or people who are training for a marathon. The firm foam at the arch of the midsole prevents feet from over pronating (or rolling in too much), and that prevents injury and joint pain. Even thought it's a very stable shoe, SHAPEtesters said it felt "super-light" and "flexible."

Category: Cross-training shoes

Shoes for group gym classes
Ryka Influence
$80
Ryka.com

The Ryka Influence is a great cross-training shoe. Cross trainers are ideal for people who like to participate in a variety of workouts. This shoe can be used for everything from Stairmaster workouts to bootcamp classes.

Shoes for dance classes
Reebok Dance UR Lead Mid
$85
Reebok.com

These funky retro-looking shoes are made for dancing and can be worn in Zumba or hip-hop dance class. The leather and mesh high-tops help people spin, pivot and move with ease.

Category: Walking shoes

Shoes for walking workouts
New Balance 1765
$120
NewBalance.com

This is a great pair of shoes for people who enjoy brisk walks. The shoe helps people move quickly, it features great heel cushioning (which means feet will stay comfortable), and the arch support prevents feet from rolling inward.

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