I know it’s approximately one million degrees outside for most of us, so I’ll forgive you if you’ve arrived at this post in order to tell me in the comments that even looking at suede is giving you back sweat. Believe me, I understand. If you look at these Manolo Blahnik booties long enough, though, maybe you can conjure a little Christmas party in your head.

Shoes: Shoe of the Week: Gianvito Rossi Velvet Mary Jane Pumps

Price:$750 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: There’s plenty of summer left, but with all the fall shoes arriving in stores right now, we just couldn’t resist looking ahead a little bit. This pair of pumps in gorgeous, jewel-toned velvet is the kind of shoe we want on our feet as soon as the air turns crisp.

99% of the time, my taste in footwear veers toward the androgynous. I own tons of shoes that bore both men’s and women’s sizes on the box when I bought them, and, quite honestly, some that just bore men’s. I like sneakers, combat and moto boots and flat sandals–I’m a very practical girl from the ankles down. That being said, the Sophia Webster Chiara Sandals are a notable exception.

It’s difficult to argue that most colors are objectively bad or good, but I think we can all agree that pale blue is universally wonderful. It’s crisp, fresh and feminine without being saccharine. It feels clean and new, like spring itself, which is why we took to our favorite online retailers to find the best pale blue shoes for the quickly warming weather.

Bloomingdale's-Bag-and-Shoe-Lookbook-Spring-2015If you’ve been looking for some inspiration to start your Spring 2015 shoe wardrobe, our friends at Bloomingdale’s have just the thing. The Bloomingdale’s Luxury Shoe and Handbag Lookbook is full of gorgeous photos of some of spring’s best new shoes from brands like Giuseppe Zanotti, Rupert Sanderson and Stuart Weitzman, and the site’s selection of footwear from those brands and beyond cannot be missed.

Sometimes trends filter down from the runway to the streets, but just as often, they filter up, and that’s been especially true in recent seasons. Designers have taken inspiration from all kinds of streetwear trends and the shoppers who have embraced them for years, and everything from Timberlands to Birkenstocks have gotten a ritzy upgrade.

A lot of what those designers are doing, though, is just reinventing the wheel at a staggering premium; those shoes have had long popularity because they’re well designed and well made in the first place.

As longtime readers probably know, I’m not a heel-wearer. While TalkShoes editor Katherine is all about a stiletto pump, I have a nagging injury from youth soccer that keeps me firmly planted on the ground. That doesn’t prevent me from dreaming, though, and I’ve been dreaming about these Christian Louboutin So Kate Python Pumps since I first saw them in December.

In the future, we’ll look back on 2014 as the year women got fed up with uncomfortable shoes. Sure, two of the five most important shoes of the year are expensive high heels, but the other three are reasonably priced flats made for comfort and long wear that each spawned numerous high-dollar designer copycats. In a shoe market that not long ago eschewed anything but the highest heels, that’s a huge swing.

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