Canadians coast to coast are absolutely dying to break out the peep-toes, the ballet flats – dare we say it, maybe even the sandals.
That’s a sentiment echoed by Christine Carlton, one of the co-founders of The September, a luxury shoe site created by Canadians, for Canadians.
"I think everybody's ready for a new pair of shoes - they're so tired of wearing the same pair of boots for so long," says Carlton, who’s already been seeing certain styles on their site (including pairs from droolworthy brands like Brian Atwood, Michael Kors and Tabitha Simmons) spike in advance of the warmer weather.
We asked Carlton to walk us through the biggest trends. Here’s the lowdown on what Canada’s best-dressed feet will be wearing this spring.
BRIGHTS AND PASTELS: "Nothing really screams spring more than bright colours," Carlton says, saying designer heels in electric yellow and fuschia have been strong sellers. "Interestingly enough, there's the flipside of that - there's still a lot of pastels, soft blues and soft pinks."
FLATS: Carlton predicts women will go bananas for this practical trend. "We had season after season of sky-high heels - and not everyone can wear them. So we have flats in all shapes and sizes - open-toe, closed-toe, dressy, casual."
GLOBAL INFLUENCE: "We have heels that are woven and look like baskets from Africa. We have leopard print (and) snakeskin. We have feathers. We have tassels," Carlton says. "Even espadrilles - that's sort of a very European trend." Among her favourite high-end takes on the trend is a Peruvian-print Tabitha Simmons espadrille; South-American style wovens are huge this spring.
SNEAKERS: The trend was already in the air at World MasterCard Fashion Week, when stylish (and practical!) attendees ditched their heels and wingtips for bright, bold sneakers. Carlton predicts sneakers - an extension of this spring's major sportswear trend will carry over into fall. "The strongest influence is sort of that Vans-style sneaker," Carlton says, adding the high-top wedge sneakers that was so strong in past seasons is now flattening back out.