Three Spring Shoe Trends That Are Bound To Put Some Pep In Your Step

March has certainly come in like a lion – snowstorms are hitting the Northeast left and right and people are wondering the same thing – didn’t the groundhog call for an early spring? Weather like this makes it hard not to scroll wistfully through social media feeds sighing at pictures of beautiful beach sunsets and tropical places. I guess patience is a virtue and while we’re waiting for spring to come, we may as well start prepping our wardrobes in anticipation.

Besides the sun and warm weather – yay! – I’m excited for many of the SS’19 trends. This season we’re going to be seeing a lot of 60’s inspired colors and early 90’s textures. It makes an interesting combination and is going to help make this spring fun for fashion – and especially footwear.

Of course, as with everything, fashion is cyclical. None of these trends are tremendously groundbreaking and in some cases are recycled from runway collections past. This is awesome for your wallet – because your local Goodwill® stores will likely have many of these trends sitting on their racks. While you’re shopping at Goodwill for the new season, it’s a great reminder that you are contributing to a more sustainable world and helping people in your community find jobs and get the financial assistance they need.

Here are some of the biggest footwear trends to lookout for this spring:

 1. Neon Colors

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Photo: LC’s Closet

When it comes to colors of the upcoming season, think bright and bold. You can accessorize any outfit with a bold shoe. Colors of the season will range from a feisty neon pink to a cool neon green. My favorite color within this range is a vibrant blue, which has been in and out of style for the past few years – making it easier to thrift items of this color!

 2. Strappy Sandals and Heels

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Photo: @charitynewsweek

If you watched the Oscars this year, you may have noticed that thin, strappy sandals are back in style. Though they may not always be the most comfortable, they are stylish and can have a slimming effect on your feet. This style shoe – for both heels and flats – have been popular on and off the last few years so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a great second-hand pair and your local Goodwill.

3. Plastic Detailing

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Somewhat ironically, especially when you think of the current state of the environment, plastic detailing and embellishments are becoming en vogue this spring. A short hop away from jellied textured shoes, this trend is bringing everything from plastic straps to plastic heels to even an entirely plastic boot to the shelves. Bonus points for the brands that are combining the neon trend and coloring their plastics on the shoes. I’m predicting this trend will be a bit short lived (and uncomfortable, not all plastics are flexible!) so by the time summer hits, there should be a great selection to thrift from.

4. Silky Textures

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Photo: @mychicobsession

In contrast to the plastic trend, silky textures and satin ribbon straps and ankle scarves are in style – and your feet will be incredibly happy! Mixed with pretty colors and interesting shoe shapes, this is one trend that’s here to stay throughout the season and even into fall.

5. Embellished Heels & Cool Shapes

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No longer exclusive to runway brands, this season fast-fashion brands have already started molding the shape of the heels of their shoes into interesting shapes and textures. Wooden heels with geometric detailing will be in style this spring and we’ll continue to see beautiful detailing in both narrow and block heels throughout the summer. If you search through your local Goodwill stores, there’s a good chance you’ll find some shoes in this trend. I just found a pair of gorgeous brand new Taryn Rose platform block heels for $14.99, and at regular retail price they cost upwards of $250!

Meet the Program Managers-Dan

Hello! My name is Daniel and I am a program manager for Vocational Services here at Goodwill.  I currently oversee student work programming called Youth Employment Services, along with the Prevocational Training program for those with an Intellectual Disability.  I am responsible for helping these individuals gain soft skills to better prepare them for community employment someday so they have the best chance to succeed outside of a Goodwill setting.  We want the people we serve to be able to be as self-sufficient as they possibly can and gaining and maintaining community employment goes a long way towards that goal.

What do you wish you knew more about?

  • I wish I knew more about how to play the guitar. I joke that I am great with the plastic guitar because I like to play games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero in my free time, but I have always had a desire to learn how to play the actual guitar.  Some day I hope to do so.

What would be your idea way to spend the weekend?

  • My ideal way to spend a weekend is being able to relax and not have to feel the need to run all over the place. With 2 daughters involved in several activities, it is nice to be able to just take a breather, but even then my oldest is involved in club volleyball which takes place on weekends.  Just constantly on the move!

What is something you think everyone should do once in their lives?

  • I think everyone should have the opportunity to see their favorite musician or band live. I will never forget the first concert I went to was Disturbed when they came to Sioux City way back in the early 2000s, and it was an amazing experience.  I love listening to music, and I just love the atmosphere of a concert.  It is something everyone should get to experience.