This is a public service announcement for all shoe lovers out there: Naturalizer is not your mama’s shoe company. In the past, the brand has been known for comfort more than fashion, but we were able to sit down with Naturalizer’s lead designer, Angelique Joseph, to check out their latest spring looks and we fell more than a little in love. We met up with other Chicago bloggers and all had fun testing out the newest styles for warmer weather. Think sandals made for a summer vacation and heels you can dance the night away in!
Our favorites for spring include the Impulse heel and the Wendy sandal, especially after hearing about the line’s newest N5 Comfort System technology, which actually manages to make heels comfortable (no you didn’t read that wrong). Joseph gave us tips and tricks for rocking color and socks this season, but also lets us know what styles we HAVE to have in our closet…
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP SHOE TRENDS FOR SPRING?
o Open toe bootie/shootie
o White, chunky tread bottoms
o Anything minimalistic with a clean/sleek appeal
WE HAVE SEEN A LOT OF COLORFUL SHOES ON THE RUNWAYS. HOW CAN WOMEN ROCK THE TREND?
It’s so refreshing to see tons of color, isn’t it?! Make your outfit pop by pairing a colorful shoe with a neutral palette up top. You can also go bold by pairing your shoe’s hue with other colors in that spectrum.
AND HOW CAN THEY ROCK THE TIGHTS/SOCKS WITH THEIR WARM WEATHER HEELS?
Pair a lightweight, colorful sock with a loafer or lace oxford, or go for a bright-colored tight with your ankle booties. Short ankle booties/shoeties are great for those in-between months because they give you more coverage on the foot but aren’t too heavy. You can even ditch the tights & leggings altogether and still wear your tall boots. Pair them with a knee or mid-ankle length skirt and a lightweight button-down or thin, fitted sweater.
WHAT ARE WAYS TO MAKE HIGH HEELS COMFORTABLE?
The good thing about Naturalizer is that comfort is built into every shoe. Each style features our N5 Comfort System that includes breathable lining, balance heel-to-toe, flexible soles, comfort cushioning and lightweight material. With that said, choosing a heel with a platform or wedge will help provide even more support for all-day wear. Naturalizer’s Nolana, Dania, Ivy, Robyn and Onward are all great choices. You can also just keep it low! The good news is that low vintage-inspired heels are very on trend right now so take advantage and take some stress off those feet! I love the Debra, Gusta, Stargaze and Heston for those days I want something low.
WHAT ARE THREE SHOW STYLES EVERYONE SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE IN THEIR CLOSET?
It’s hard to name just three! How about five?! 🙂 Every woman needs a classic pump, a menswear-inspired oxford or loafer, a platform or wedge metallic sandal, a funky ballet flat and lastly, a multi-strap or ankle-strap flat sandal. There, I think that covers it!
For more fun looks from our morning with Joseph and the Naturalizer team, take a look at the fun shots below! All the Chicago bloggers present picked their favorite looks for spring, so these are Windy City approved!