Want to look chic on a shoestring-budget? You don't have to spend lots of cash on designer shoes to look like a million bucks. There's plenty of affordable choices sure to tickle your picky feet. Jacqui Stafford, Executive Style Director of Shape magazine, lists the latest trends in summer footwear, and how you can snag them at the right price:
Wedges Wedges give the elegant look of a heel but provide all around comfort, since they support every points of the sole. The wedge reduces the pressure in between your toes and your heel by absorbing shock, so there’s less pressure on your feet and spine. Wear them during the day (they’re a little casual for cocktail attire) and they’re the perfect adjunct to summer’s ultra-short shorts, or paired with the newest fuller-leg pants to add extra inches to your height. An additional reason to stock up: a thicker heel miraculously slims fuller calves.
Splurge:Escada ($650; Escada stores)Steal: BCBGirls ($98: select Macy’s stores or Bcbg.com for store locations)
Ballet flatsBallet flats immediately impart that “French chic” thing!! Go for a super bright shade. Patent is ultra hot this spring and we love this bright, vivid red. Pair with slim cut jeans, or even a mini dress (with leggings if you’re not so confident!)
Splurge: Stuart Weitzman ($215; Select Stuart Weitzman — 212 823 9560)Steal: Nine West "Lellman" ballet flat ($69; at Macy’s)
Comfortable day flats
These thong sandals are another hot shape for spring. Pair with a longer length full skirt, or slim cut pants, just make sure your pedicure is up to scratch! The metallic finish gives a more glamorous look. On a very hot day, these are a great alternative to a rubber flip-flop and give a more finished, polished look. These could even be worn to the office.
Splurge: Coach "Raiven" ($158, Coach stores — 866 262 2440)Steal: Bernardo ($89; www.bernardofootwear.com)
Office day shoesThe chunky heel of these shoes is flattering if you have thick calves. And these shoes are perfect to wear with tailored pants and then take you straight to an evening out. The wooden, stacked heel is more comfortable for day than a skinny stiletto heel.
Splurge: Loeffler Randall “Camille” Ruffle platform ($495; Neiman Marcus stores)Steal: Kenneth Cole “Stripe Less” patent leather peep toe sandal ($165; Kenneth Cole Stores)
For more information, visit Shape magazine online.