It’s (almost) time to trade in those chunky rain boots for something a little lighter — and a lot cuter. As clunky shoe season ends, now is the time to look forward to breaking out your favourite shoes and letting your ankles go wild.
Whether you’re looking forward to pull out some of your favourites or getting ready to do some seasonal shopping, spring is an incredibly fun time for shoes. After all, skirts, dresses and cropped pants mean your ankles finally get to experience the vitamin D they deserve.
Dress them down or dress them up, these are the shoes that will help you free the ankle this spring.
Step into spring by showing off your ankles
ballet flatsWe never stopped wearing ballet flats -- mainly because they get a makeover every year. Simple, studded or colourful, everyone needs a comfortable go-to flat in their closet.
TOPSHOP Kisses Pearl Ballet Flats, $75 at The Bay; Kimchi Blue Elastic Cross-Strap Flat, $49 at Urban Outfitters; Velvet Ballerinas, $70 at Zara. The Bay, Zara, Urban Outfitters
oxfordsLet's face it, oxfords are timeless. And, like any timeless wardrobe item, they are constantly being updated with new styles. Nowadays you can sport your classic black oxford or change it up with a fun print to pair with cropped jeans this spring.
Jeffrey Campbell Eliot Platform Oxford, $235 at Nordstrom ; Call it Spring Chike Oxfords, $50 at The Bay; Zellah, $50 at Nine West.Jeffrey Campbell, Modcloth, Nine West
clogsThis '70s staple is back in a big way. That thick wooden heel gives you some height, and helps any outfit make a statement.
Free People Ring Leader Clog, $235 at ASOS; Brea Clog, $194 at Free People; Lucky Brand Vevina Platform Clog, from $65 at Amazon. ASOS, Free People, Amazon
espadrillesFlat or heeled, espadrilles are the ultimate warm weather shoe thanks to their signature -- and incredibly comfortable -- jute rope soles. Regardless of their height or style, walking in these are like walking on a cloud.
Ankle Tie Espadrilles, $84 at LOFT; Glamorous Mustard Espadrille Flat Sandals, $72 at ASOS; Soludos Espadrille Slide Sandals, $81 at ShopBop; Eyelet Lace Espadrilles, $55 at Gap. LOFT, ASOS, GAP, ShopBop
loafersOne of the most versatile (and comfortable) shoe styles out there, loafers can be as intricately detailed, chic or as casual as you want them to be.
Miss Selfridge Metal Bar Loafer, $64 at ASOS; Hunter Women's Original Penny Loafer, $175 at Hunter; TOPSHOP Kendall Leopard Print Loafers, $128 at Nordstrom; Abbatha, $70 at Aldo. ASOS, Hunter, Aldo, TopShop
low-cut sneakersThank goodness for athleisure -- not that we ever had any shame wearing sneakers with everything. Sport them with jeans or dresses in any colour, texture or print and you'll look just as cool as you'll feel comfortable.
Women's canvas sneakers, $160 at Lacoste; Skechers Double Up Sleek Street,, $54 at The Bay; Suede slip-on sneakers, $55 at The Gap; Vans Classic Slip On Sneaker, $80 at Revolve. Vans, Lacoste, The Bay, The Gap
mulesAlong with mom jeans and bodysuits, mules may be the most exciting retro style to make a comeback. Available in various patterns, colours -- and most importantly heel sizes -- mules are a classic shoe for any occasion.
Romina, $70 at Steve Madden; Alaska, $85 at Aldo; Jeffrey Campbell Perpetua Mule, $129 at Urban Outfitters; Nectarl, $90 at Steve Madden. Steve Madden, Urban Outfitters, Aldo
slidesSlides may be the easiest shoe to wear -- you literally just slide them on. The best part? Because they have no back they don't put any stress on your ankle, and are incredibly comfortable.
PUMA Fenty Bow Slide, $90 at Footlocker; UO Faux Fur Slides, $18 at Urban Outfitters; Versace sliver slides, $375 at SSENSE. PUMA Fenty, Urban Outfitters, SSENSE
short and sassy slingbacksWe're seeing an ongoing trend -- the best styles are the ones that have been around forever, and that never let us down. Both casual and dressy, let your ankles breathe free in the slingback of your choice.
New Look Suedette Slingback Shoe, $22 at ASOS; Slingback and Relax Vegan Flat, from $23 at Modcloth; Flat Slingback Shoes, $36 at Zara.ASOS, Modcloth, Zara