The Top 5 Spring Shoe Styles to Shop

SPRING 2018
By Rebecca Carhart for Modern Muse

Spring has finally sprung, meaning it's time to swap out your practical cold-weather footwear in favor of the season's hottest shoe styles. From glittery pumps to western boots, we're showcasing the five biggest trends you'll be seeing everywhere this spring. Read on to shop our favorite styles whether you're in the mood to splurge or save.

1. "Ugly" Dad Sneakers

Splurge: The most unexpected trend of the season has to be the dad sneaker. The "ugly" footwear became popular thanks to top designers like Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, and Louis Vuitton designing their own version of the clunky shoes. But our favorite designer take is Gucci's Logo-Print Sneakers, sold at Neiman Marcus. The sporty kicks are versatile enough to be worn with everything in your closet, making them well worth the cost.

Steal: If you aren't sure you want to drop a ton of cash on a trend with the word "ugly" in the title, we can't really blame you — which is why these Steve Madden Memory Sneakers are so great. They're a fraction of the cost of their designer counterparts, but still give off the same "normcore" vibe. Plus, they come in five different colorways, so you can switch up your style all season long.

2. Glitter Pumps

Splurge: While sequins, rhinestones, and sparkly fabrics will be seen everywhere this spring, glittery pumps are the easiest way to add a hint of shimmer to your look. Jimmy Choo sells its classic Glittery Romy Pump in a variety of solid colors, but we love this ombré version from Nordstrom. The show-stopping pink and silver heel will be the focal point of any ensemble.

Steal: Do you love the sparkly trend but hate spending a lot on footwear? Try these Rainbow Glitter Pumps. The black and gold heels will look great with everything from laid-back jeans to your favorite LBD, and they will only set you back $20.

3. Western Boots

Image courtesy of The Frye Company

Splurge: Springtime is going to look like the Wild West thanks to cowboy boots making a cool comeback. The fashion favorite is back in style this season and looking better than ever thanks to modern touches and finishes. We're particularly obsessed with this pair by The Frye Company. The sleek white color and high heel create a cool high-fashion twist that makes them worth the investment.

Steal: You can never go wrong when sticking with classics. Fashion brand Ariat has been making high-quality, affordable western boots for more than 25 years and its expertise shows in this pair of Darlin Short Western Boots from Nordstrom. They're so cute that you can wear them to a music festival, a rodeo, or even just to brunch.

4. Kitten Heels

Splurge: Give your feet a break this season and snag a pair of chic yet comfortable kitten heels. After being spotted on celebs and influencers alike, it seems like spring's coolest options feature the miniature heel. Tibi's Simon Pump from Nordstrom is one of our favorite versions of the practical trend. While it's on the pricier side, the lavender pastel shade is perfect for spring and the slingback adds a fun and flirty touch.

Steal: There's nothing better than finding a pair of heels that's both fashionable and functional, like H&M's Satin Mules. The silhouette is sleek and modern looking, while the modest 2 1/4-inch heel makes them comfortable enough to wear all day long. It's just an added bonus that you can snag them for less than $40.

5. Transparent Details

Splurge: Transparency is key this season and the see-through trend is huge. Not only do clear shoes give the illusion of elongated legs, they also match perfectly with practically anything. Invest in a quality pair like these Gianvito Rossi Plexi/Metallic Ankle-Wrap Sandals from Neiman Marcus, which put a modern twist on a classic style.

Steal: If clear straps aren't your thing, opt for a see-through heel instead. The block heels on these Zara Satin Sandals give the simple accessory a glamorous and futuristic upgrade. They're also a great way to rock the trend without breaking the bank.