By Patricia Wersinger
This spring has been a long time coming! With sunnier days ahead, we can finally relax and open up to the pleasures of the new season. One of my favorites is noticing throughout the city streets, the sight of dark chunky boots making way to open-toe shoes and sandals. For feet that have not seen the light of day for months, this is a time of liberation. This season, the classic platform wedge is back, reinvented and made more comfortable to comply with contemporary taste and budding trends.
You would not think that clogs are at the peak of Spring fashion but have you noticed how many women in New York wear them in various disguises and colors? Comfort and practicality meets style and chic designs with their wooden foot bed platform; perfect to pair with the latest trends. This Pica Pica Mademoiselle style from the Swedish Cape Clogs collection is a total hit. It has a contemporary artsy strap in soft nubuck genuine leather that fits your ankle snuggly with a hidden elastic band. The style can be paired with everything from your favorite jeans to easy, boho frocks, or even your favorite cocktail dress for an added edge. View the full collection at http://www.Capeclogs.com.
If you love to stand high but want the freedom of a flat shoe, you will love these Colleen sandals by Cobb Hill Shoes. The platform design offers a lot of comfort with its cushioning memory foam foot bed in a breathable fabric. A stability shank supports the arch to create an easy gait and an elasticized ankle buckle closure creates a snug fit. Inspired by the Seventies with their Vintage colored three-tone leathers, these cork platform sandals take the challenge out of wearing heels. Style them with jeans, sexy split skirts or any Seventies or Eighties-inspired outfit. These spring must-haves are available at Harry’s Shoes on Broadway in NYC and at http://www.cobbhillshoes.com.
Hush Puppies offer vibrant and versatile new platform sandals for spring that are perfect for workdays and after-hours alike. The Roux QTR Strap style in multi-pink burnished full-grain leather is a favorite. It has a deeply cushioned insole with extra heel padding. At once, proper and flirty, the thin trendy straps give uncommon style and allure. A wearable platform wedge gives the extra inches you want without the pain of a high-heel. Wear them with elegant casual pants or dresses. Available at http://www.hushpuppies.com.
For a grand night out, stylish dining, a night at the opera or a romantic dinner for two, think of these wedged Rivas 75 dress sandals by Ecco in velvety nubuck leather. Details include full lining, an adjustable front and back straps and a comfort sock in leather. These sandals feel so good on, you won’t notice that your heels are perched 3-inches above the ground. The sandal is engineered to allow your body to be balanced while the flexible sole makes it easy to walk comfortably and unselfconsciously. Superbly crafted and irresistibly feminine they evoke 1940s glamour. Perfect for all your spring and summer femme fatale moments. Available at www.us.shop.ecco.com.
For the wild New York girl who likes to strut down the street in combat ready footwear, these cool Milicent Sandals from CatFootWear will reveal her true spirit. They are a great off-duty weekend shoe and can transition for the beach with a simple tunique, cool shades and a wide-rimmed hat. The sole has a comfortable, micro fiber sock liner and a 2-inch platform. Available at http://www.catfootwear.com.
If low platforms are more your style, you will certainly enjoy these elegant low-heeled Martinique Toe Post sandals by Vionic. Details include leather uppers, a metal trim accent and a faux wood grain wedge with rubber inserts on the outsole for improved traction. Orthaheel technology provides orthopedic support. If you have knee, heel or lower back pain, these babies will change your life. This line of elegant shoes with concealed podiatrist-designed technology is the only footwear recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and renowned integrative medicine doctor, Andrew Weil, MD. Available at http://www.vionicshoes.com.
Platforms and wedges are popular this season, as new footwear technology has made them more comfortable than ever. Whether you like your wedges high or low, you will be at the top of fashion in any of these covetable styles. Enjoy a wonderful spring in the city with these rocking platforms.