We’re still in that weird spring transition time when it’s too early to wear our warm weather shoes but we can’t wait to put away our boots, and that means it’s a perfect time for pumps, both classic and not-so-classic. On this Want It Wednesday, check out the shoes that the team is craving, from pumps and beyond.

I’m not a person who gravitates toward brights for my own wardrobe, and even if I were, I think I’d have long ago been worn down on the idea by all the “pop of color” nonsense that’s been pushed on fashion fans for what seems like an endless number of season. Just give me a black or silver shoe and let me be, ok?

I know what you’re thinking: Green toenails are not a good look. Not accidentally, not on purpose, never. In general, I agree with you on that, but I can’t help but really love the Marc Jacobs 124 Lux Enamored Nail Lacquer anyway, and sometimes life needs a little bit of bad taste. Diana Vreeland thought so, and I agree.

After decades as something of a self-serious fashion institution, Vogue seems to be loosening up just a bit. Not only did the iconic magazine put Lena Dunham, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on recent covers, but March has brought us 31 Days of Cats and Shoes at Vogue.com. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Editor Jordan Bickhem picked 31 of spring’s best kicks and had them photographed alongside cats both professional and amateur (and some adoptable!).

The TalkShoes team doesn’t talk amongst itself before we gather our shoe picks for Want It Wednesday, so when an unofficial theme emerges, it’s simply because we’re all in the same mood. Today, one such theme is apparent – we’re all about light, bright shoes, probably because we can’t wait for spring weather to really arrive. Check out this week’s picks below!

As aesthetics go, punk rock is among the easiest to identify. Punks love things that are extreme, industrial, dark and a little bit dirty – studs, safety pins, black leather, excess hardware, heavy boots, aggressive heel heights. Saint Laurent has been heavily mining that look since Hedi Slimane joined the brand several seasons ago, and now the Saint Laurent Studded Pumps are trying to make punk work on a conservative shoe, with somewhat mixed results.

We spent quite a bit of time talking about pastel nail polish at PurseBlog yesterday, but if that’s just not your type of thing, we understand. (We think you should give it a shot, at least, but we get it.) On the other, slightly witchier side of the spring-appropriate color spectrum are polishes like these, from Leighton Denny – bold, jewel-toned and color-shifting, depending on the light and how you apply your manicure or pedicure.

We warned you about it last summer, and now Birkenstocks are set to have their biggest season ever. Although the trend for thick-strapped flat sandals is highly divisive among fashion lovers, designers seem to have almost uniformly embraced the comeback of the Birk, so much so that everyone from Rebecca Minkoff to Givenchy has created its own take on the iconic shape for spring.

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