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The Shoes I Added to My Spring Wardrobe

Even though it’s officially spring, our weather can be quite fickle here in Pennsylvania, so I’m still wearing a lot of transitional outfits. That said, I’m eager to swap out my booties for sandals, and I’ve been buying a lot of spring shoes lately.

I’ve had the opportunity to test many of them out on a few recent trips to Florida, so I thought I’d round up the early stand-outs. These are the shoes I expect to be wearing on repeat this spring.

The Shoes I Added to My Spring Wardrobe

For size reference, I wear a size 8 in most shoes and boots. I usually size up a half or whole size in running sneakers, and I often need to size down half in sandals, especially slides and mules.

I have a history of plantar fasciitis and foot injuries, so I prefer to wear a bit of a heel or have some support, but I do make exceptions for cute flat sandals. I just make sure not to wear them when I’m going to be doing a lot of walking.

Dolce Vita Iman Braided Slides in Cafe (size 8)

at Nordstrom // at Zappos

FRAME denim 25% off (29) (under $100 option) // stripe tank (S) // denim jacket (S) // YSL handbag (save option) // similar necklace

I think Dolce Vita offers some of the best bang for your buck when it comes to sandals and boots, and these flat braided slides are great for casual looks. They work well with everything from shorts to jeans to casual dresses.

Splendid dress (S) // denim jacket (S)

They come in tons of colors, but I’m partial to this Cafe color, as it’s very close to my skin tone when I have tan. I love how they elongate the line of the leg and add a bit of textural interest with the braided straps.

SUNDRY hoodie (S) // KUT from the Kloth shorts (6) // YSL sunnies

FIT TIP: These sandals run a bit small; I have the size 8, even though I often size down in slides. They also aren’t leather, which is unusual for Dolce Vita, but it doesn’t bother me in this case. I would have never known that if I hadn’t happed to see it in the description.


Tory Burch T Monogram Espadrille Sandals (size 8)

 at Neimans // at Nordstrom // at Tory Burch

PAIGE cargo pants 25% off (28; more here) // Faherty gauze top (S) // old AllSaints belt // Quay sunglasses

These are more of a splurge, but I was really drawn to the colors and the design of these leather lined canvas espadrille slides. I feel like they add a classy element to my casual outfits. They sort of play between beige and olive, so they look really good with these olive cargo pants.

PAIGE denim 25% off (29) // RAILS button-up 25% off (S) // straw clutch // old AllSaints belt

They also look really nice with white pants and jeans, and I like how they set off against navy and other shades of blue.

Eileen Fisher dress (S) // J.Crew straw tote 25% off // YSL sunnies // Victoria Emerson bracelet c/o 60% off with 60Jo-Lynne

FIT TIP: These shoes also run a bit small; I was able to wear my usual size 8 in these, as well.


Sam Edelman Griffin in Light Brown (size 8)

at Nordstrom // at Zappos // at Bloomingdale’s

RAILS button-up 25% off (S) // Micheal Stars tank (M) // AGOLDE shorts (28)

These are another good option for neutral slides at a more accessible price point. They have a super soft woven leather strap that’s right on trend, and a comfortable padded footbed, as well.

They come in tons of colors and work with everything from shorts to pants to dresses. I wore them with shorts and white jeans when I was in Miami.

RAILS button-up 25% off (S) // MOTHER denim (29)

FIT TIP: These sandals also run small! I have them in the 8.


Kork Ease Hutton in Yellow (size 8)

at Zappos // at Nordstrom

Paige Anessa 25% off (28) // Kork-Ease Hutton (8) // Caslon tee (S) // KUT from the Kloth Kara (S) // YSL belt (option) // Amazon clutch

I’m fast becoming a huge fan of Kork-Ease shoes, especially their sandals. They do such a good job with comfort shoes that don’t really look like comfort shoes. I mean, they’re a bit more clunky than some, but not at all in a bad way.

I was especially drawn to these with the chunky block heel, as an alternative to all the platforms that are out right now. They work just as well with the wide leg pant styles, but they’re more stable to walk in. In fact, I wore them all over St. Augustine a few weeks ago.

Gap Factory Dolman Tee (S) // Gap Factory Flares (6) // Kork-Ease Hutton (8) // Gap Factory Denim Jacket (S)

They also look great with dresses and skirts. I like how they take this casual knit column dress up a notch, but they’re still walkable if I want to do some sight-seeing.

Eileen Fisher Dress (S) // J.Crew straw tote 25% off // VE Latte Cuff 60% off with 60Jo-Lynne

FIT TIP: These sandals run true to size for Kork-Ease. They only do whole sizes, and I usually take an 8.


Marc Fisher Dayne Slingback Sandals (size 7.5)

25% off at Nordstrom // at Evereve

MOTHER denim 25% off (29) // eyelet top (S)

When you want a dressier sandal, I’m loving these strappy slingbacks. The architectural heel is under 3″ so it’s very walkable, and the tubular straps are soft against the foot.

They come in a bunch of colors, but I love this neutral beige. The squared-off toe is a nice detail as well.

LOFT jumpsuit 30% off (S) (petite option) // Kendra Scott necklace

FIT TIP: I tried both the 8 and the 7.5 and kept the 7.5. The 8 looked fine, but I found the 7.5 easier to walk in.


Vince Pia Wedge Mule Sandals in Black (size 8)

25% off at Nordstrom // 25% off at Bloomies (8) // 25% off at Saks

Maeve sweater (S) // PAIGE denim 25% off (29) (option) // NAGHEDI tote (option) // pearl earrings 50% off

This pair is a splurge, for sure, but they’re 25% off right now! I was drawn to the buttery soft leather upper and that really cool stacked wedge heel. Slides are often too loose on my low-profile feet, so I was thrilled when this pair fit like a dream.

eyelet top (S) // PAIGE denim 25% off (29) (option) // Yurman earrings & bracelet // Kendra Scott necklace // NAGHEDI tote (option)

I love how they pair with ankle length flares, both black or white.

WHBM tee (S) // Mother denim (25% off) (29) // J.Crew stripe tee 25% off (S) // Everlane pants (8)

And they also look great with dresses. I love how these wedge sandals add a luxe, polished appearance to all my dressed-up casual outfits.

Gap Factory shift dress (S) // DIFF sunnies // Madewell earrings & necklace

FIT TIP: These seem to run true to size, or a bit small. I didn’t try the 7.5 to compare, but the 8 fits me fine and stays on my feet when I walk.


P448 John in Peony (39)

at Nordstrom

When it comes to fashion sneakers, I’m usually in VEJA or P448. This pair of P448s has a nice, clean aesthetic that works well with shorts and denim, and I also like how they look with these cargo pants.

PAIGE cargo pants 25% off (28) // denim jacket (S) // white tank (M) // YSL sunglasses // similar belt // bracelet // similar earrings // straw tote (on sale)

The white on white texture with neutral silver and gold tones keep them looking light and summery, especially when paired with white denim.

MOTHER denim 25% off (29) // similar Eagles tee (S)

These shoes are surprisingly comfortable and have a lot of cushion and support. They’re also handmade in Italy, so the quality is fantastic, but they’re definitely spendy. I usually wait and get my P448s when they go on sale.

hoodie (S) // MOTHER denim (29) // Longchamp tote // YSL sunnies (option) // earrings

FIT TIP: I find the P448 brand to run true to size; I usually wear the 39.


On Cloud 5 Running Shoe in White/Sand

at Nordstrom (8.5)

Vuori leggings c/o (S) // Vuori jacket c/o (S)

I also added these white On Cloud running shoes to my spring wardrobe, and I’m surprised by how often I end up wearing them with jeans.

KUT from the Kloth jacket (S) // MOTHER denim (29)

They also look really cute with joggers for an athleisure look. These sneakers are very kind to my feet, so I wear them a lot when I’m at home and out walking the dog.

I realize these are all sandals and sneakers, but I haven’t added many closed toe shoes to my closet this year. I did get the Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats in the seafoam green, but I haven’t been reaching for them as much as I thought I would. Hopefully now that I’ve put away my most wintry boots, I’ll find more opportunities to wear them.

RAILS button-up 25% off (S) // MOTHER denim (29)

And I also picked up these Nordstrom brand ballet flats, which are really cute and a pretty good value for the price point, as well as this Lineo Paolo pair.

I’m happy ballet flats are having a moment, but I’m not really reaching for them very much. I still go for my clogs or loafers when I want a closed toe shoe that isn’t a sneaker or a bootie.

Kork-Ease Darby Clogs (8)

Those clogs are not a new addition to my wardrobe this season, but I find myself wearing them a lot, and they’re still available, so I wanted to mention them.

What shoes are you drawn to this season? I’d love to hear any suggestions you have!

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22 Responses

  1. You shared a nice variety of shoes! I suspect a lot of us have some sort of feet issues that cause us to have certain requirements that need to be met when adding shoes to our closet. Have a great day!

  2. It will be a little while before sandals in New England. What are some shoes to wear , other than sneakers?

  3. I’m enjoying my selection of sneakers these days! Thank goodness it’s a fashion trend right now too🙌🏻I’m tired of boots but our weather is still too chilly for anything mule or sandal right now! It’s such a hard transition time for us and the roads can still be messy from winter!

  4. Great post! Did you find that the P448 ran small in that particular shoe? There are a couple of reviews, and they both say that they run small. I have 3 pairs of P448 – two that are size 36 and one that’s size 35, and they all feel exactly the same. I’m still mulling over taking a pair when we go to Italy. I bought a pair of Ecco 7 slip-ons which seem very comfortable, but I have not walked much in them yet – it’s still pretty chilly here. I feel like the P448s, for me, are a known quantity. I wear them all day at school, and I’m on my feet all day. So I’m still debating taking a pair of those instead (but buying new, lol).

  5. Love shoes. I’ve been wanting white Cloud sneakers for awhile now, but never can find my size. I want the all white ones. I like the no tie ones you are styling. I’ll keep waiting for restocks. But yours have some beige to them too. Looking for the all white. Love the other new shoes you have. I always feel so far behind shopping for Spring and Summer compared to you. Lol. But, like you said it’s your job. Have a great week.

    1. The Pearl/White combo is nice. I like that it isn’t so stark white. I guess sizes are limited, though. I didn’t realize my color way had sold out. 🙁 I will see if I can find them elsewhere.

  6. What about those cute espadrille wedges you bought from Evereve? Do you plan to keep those? I practically live in espadrille wedge sandals, at least when it comes to going out to restaurants, wineries, and other fun events during the spring and summer.

    1. So, they are really cute, but I found even the 8.5 was too small for me. Cyndi loved them, so since I had already worn them and marked up the sole, I sent them home with her. 🙂 🙂 I do really like them, though!

  7. I really like the strapping detail on the Dolce Vita cafe sandals, I think they would give me enough support to be comfortable, looks like they are tts. Also considering the Sam Edelman Griffin sandals you recently featured, several reviews mention they run a little small or snug, how do you feel about yours?
    I think my Birkenstock Arizona and Gizeh have spoiled me, I also don’t wear my completely flat sandals when I have to do a lot of walking but you gotta have some really cute ones!.
    Thanks as always for your input!

    1. Yes, I was going to go back and add the Griffin to this post, and also the Marc Fisher Dayna slingbacks. The Griffin is really comfy but Birks have way more support.

      1. Sorry to bug you again but noticed on the SE Griffin you got the 8.5 and most reviews said to size up. How do you feel about the fit?
        Thanks!

  8. I’d never heard of Kork Ease before you mentioned it recently but I’m eager to give them a try. I would have never guessed either of these pairs were “comfort” shoes! I have high arches so I’m also limited on flats, especially flat sandals that are thin and hard! Also I think those monogrammed TB sandals will work well on in to early fall. Perfect for hot days in Sept and Oct!

  9. I love those Dolce Vita sandals! Lately I am drawn to several Kork-Ease styles so I’m sure I will be adding one or two. I really love clogs and loafers currently.

  10. Hi Jolynne, thanks for another great post. You have a lot of your try on outfits with Dolce Vita Lucas slides, but you did not mention them. Do you plan or wearing them or is there a reason you didn’t mention them?

  11. If it’s a little chilly for casual wear clogs, dressier pointed toe pumps. Early in tge season I bought the Marc Fisher block heel slides you featured, love them! Great with jeans, dress pants and dresses. I live in AL and have been to FL for work, wore them lots in March.

  12. If you are still searching for walkable shoes for Italy, have you tried Aetrex? Check them out! You can try them for up to 30 days and still return if they don’t work for you! They just came out with a cute lower wedge, similar to the style of the Taos you had but a bit higher, like 2 inches I think. Very cute!

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