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10 Spring Shoes for Women: Update Your Wardrobe for the Season

Every year, when spring rolls back around, it feels like a much-needed breath of fresh air.

As we say goodbye to winter and transition into spring, it’s time to update our wardrobes.

Switching up your footwear is an easy way to update your look for spring instantly.

But rather than buying all the shoes without a plan, I like to keep it practical by choosing quality, versatile shoes.

Plus, having the right shoes increases the number of outfits in your closet.

Today, I’m sharing a round-up of shoe styles that you should consider adding to your collection this spring.

I pulled from our favorite brands with prices ranging from under $100 to splurge-worthy.

10 Spring Shoes for Women: Update Your Wardrobe for the Season

White Sneakers

(1) M.Gemi, $248 | (2) Salvas, $129 | (3) Tretorn, $75 | (4) Vionic, $125

Your spring wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a pair of white sneakers, so start here.

White sneakers have become the must-have versatile shoe for spring. 

You can wear them with practically anything, from pants or shorts to skirts, and even dresses.

If you have the reader’s favorite VEJA Campo low-top lace-up sneakers, keep wearing them. They are a super stylish pair to put on when you want something sleek and refined yet still casual.

I have four NEW options, starting with this pair from the splurge-worthy brand M.Gemi, ideal if you have a narrow foot. These give wonderful comfort, are not heavy, and are made of stunning Italian leather.

Next, a pair of Salvas from sustainability-focused brand Cariuma. These are well priced at $129, with 1,000 raving five-star reviews. If you’re ordering, make sure you are getting the women’s style, and note that they have a green logo on the back of the heel.

For an affordable, under $100 pair, Tretons are a dream. Made of durable canvas in a low profile style, they are like a more stylish version of a pair of Keds.

Finally, our readers love the Vionic brand, and this clean and classic style is available in medium and wide widths in half sizes up to 13. 

Mary Janes

(1) Madewell, $98 |(2) Margaux, $295 | (3) Franco Sarto, $86.25

With feminine, girly touches on trend for 2024, the Mary Jane is a great shoe to add to your wardrobe. 

Skip the chunky styles and go with something more streamlined.

Madewell took a ballet flat and gave it a Mary Jane twist for under $100. Featured above in raisin, an unexpected neutral, these can also be picked up in red, black, and ecru with stud detail (I actually LOVE this option). 

If you plan on these becoming a true staple, consider this pair from Margaux for $295. Again, taking a pointed flat and making it a Mary Jane, you can purchase these in black (above), silver (gorgeous), olive, and patent rose.

Finally, to bring two trends together without a massive expenditure, this style from Franco Sarto is only $86. It is available in either silver or gold. Wear these with your ankle-length jeans for some added interest.

And don’t limit these to spring, you can wear these year round in mild weather.

Ballet Flats

(2) Madewell, $128 |(2) Jack Rogers, $128 | (3) Tuckernuck, $168

Ballet flats were one of the biggest spring shoe trends in 2023 and they’re back again this year. 

Given how incredibly comfortable they are, I’m happy to see they’re still in style. If you’re wondering what shoes to wear if you can’t wear heels, ballet flats with a modern twist are a great option.

That said, it’s especially important to pay attention to proportions when styling an outfit to wear with your ballet flats.  

Avoid oversized and baggy silhouettes with ballet flats. You can’t go wrong with ankle-length pants. 

I recommend having at least one pair of black ballet flats, and the leather Zoe flats from J.Crew are a popular choice currently on sale for $74.50.

What I love this season are these woven flats from Madewell, they are just so pretty and add so much texture and interest.

A brand that’s a bit of blast from the past is Jack Rogers, with these simple and elegant ballet flats in a range of colors. Featured above in platinum, but they are also available in several colors including black, red, and navy.

And, finally, a two-toned flat is going to last beyond the trends. This pair from Tuckernuck brand French Sole is perfect with jeans or trousers.


(1) Sam Edelman, $130 |(2) Cole Haan, $150 | (3) Anthropologie, $190

The fact that classics are trending this season really makes my heart sing. And no classic as a trend brings me more joy than the slingback’s rising popularity.

You can do so much here, making them a staple or a statement.

We love everything from Sam Edelman, mixing quality, reasonable prices, and extra details. I’m featuring a woven style in 15 colors and finishes. 

If you want a classic, these black slingbacks from Cole Haan are another high-quality option at a reasonable price. They are also available in navy, nude, and ivory. 

You can also find tons of styles with extra embellishments. This pair of ivory kitten heel slingbacks with a tonal buckle were sweet. Available at Anthropologie in seven colors. 

Neutral to You Pumps

(1) Sam Edelman, $140 |(2) Michael Kors, $115 |(3) M.Gemi, $328

A neutral-to-skin tone pump will help elongate your leg elegantly and sophisticatedly.

Whether you’re headed to the office or out for a night on the town, you’re going to want a pair of “nude” pumps.

Starting with another beautiful pair from Sam Edelman, note that the pumps featured above are done in a satin finish but also come in leather. I think the satin dresses these up in a major way. They’re lovely for a wedding or other special occasion. They’re also available in six additional colors. 

Then, from Michael Kors, a simple pair with three neutral color options. Remember, you don’t need to “match” your skin tone; go lighter or darker in the neutral, depending on what you need to create that seamless line of your leg.

If you want to spend on a super-high-quality shoe, go for M.Gemi. In my opinion, as someone with no vanity around brands, these rival any $700 pump out there and are more comfortable. They are available in six suede options.

Best of all? These shoes easily transition from one season to the next, so you’ll get good use out of them year-round. 

Chunky Sandals

(1) Madewell, $98 | (2) Dolce Vita, $120 | (3) Areosoles, $110

For a casual, warm weather shoe, we’re seeing TONS of chunky, flat bed sandals. If you picked up any of Birkenstocks last year, keep wearing them.

If you’re looking for something in the same category but different I have some fun options. My one tip is to be careful of these in black, as they might look too severe in the summer time. Opt instead for a different neutral like ivory, beige or tan.

Wear these with shorts, tee shirt dress or anything cotton and casual.

First, Madewell, with this clean double strap sandal in ecru for under $100. Also available in coffee or olive.

Next, Dolce Vita is bringing texture and interest by mixing in raffia, another huge seasonal trend that’s not going anywhere showing up in shoes, bags and belts.

And from comfort brand Areosoles, my top pick are these clean lined slides with gold buckle details for $110.

Rain Boots

(1) J.Crew, $59.50 |(2) Hunter, $170 |(3) Barbour, $130

Of course, it depends on where you live, but if you get a lot of rain during spring, you will want to include rain boots in your spring wardrobe.  

I live right outside Philadelphia, and we always get a ton of rain this time of year.

If you want something practical, opt for this lugged sole pair on sale at J.Crew for $59.50. They look like the kind of hardworking boots you keep by the door of a greenhouse.

Hunter has many options. Their short rain boots come in many fun colors, and The Original Play Tall Waterproof Rain Boots in black have been my go-to for years.

Finally, Barbour makes the quintessential rain boot. I keep telling myself I only need one pair, but I just bought a new Barbour coat, and I can’t stop thinking how perfect these would go with it. They’re available in navy, black, and olive and are currently on sale for under $100. 


(1) Dolce Vita, $115 | (2) Everlane, $110 | (3) Cole Haan, $99 |(4) Marc Fisher, $130

If you like mules, you’re in luck. Pretty much any style shoe comes in a mule option right now.

I found four I like.

Dolce Vita made this minimal sandal in black, tan and bone leather and it’s just perfect if you like a barely there shoe. This style is especially nice if you are wearing a lightweight and flowy dress.

I thought this pair called The Glove from Everlane was very cool. They are made of breathable fabric that hugs your foot. Available in tan ivory or black for $110.

You can add a pop of leopard print with these under $100 mules from Cole Haan. Or, stay classic in black or tan where you can really see the pretty knot bow detail.

Or, opt for a loafer inspired mule with these from Marc Fisher, also in black or tan for $130.


(1) Rothy’s, $169 | (2) Sam Edelman, $170 | (3) M. Gemi, $198

Speaking of loafers, I recommend a pair in a neutral color to add a chic element to any look and maybe even a pair in a bold print for when you want to mix things up. 

I have The Loafer from Rothy’s in ecru and black(featured). They’re crazy comfortable, even the first time you wear them. No break-in period is required!

For a pop of pattern, consider this pair from Sam Edelman. Featured above in a taupe zebra print; they would be stunning with an all-white or ivory look. They are priced at $170, with your choice of 22 colors, patterns, and finishes. 

This pair from M.Gemi is a reader’s favorite in the latte (featured) and saddle colors, and it is also available in nine other colors. These take a second to break in, but they are worth it.

Block Heel Sandals

(1) Margaux, $345 | (2) J.Crew, 198 | (3) Cole Haan, $160 | (4) Vionic, $140

The further we get into spring, the warmer the weather, and warm weather calls for sandals. 

Last year, I recommended these Aerosoles Emmex Block Heel Sandals in cognac. They’re one of my go-to sandals for spring and summer

I have four more for you to consider this season.

I’m starting with a splurge pair from Margaux in black. These are STUNNING. Remember, I’m trying to give options for everyone, so if you like next-level quality, Margaux and M.Gemi are wonderful options.

I like that this pair has a tonal buckle and comes in an array of colors. Featured is the black suede, which is also available in leather. I love the champagne and silver leather as well. 

You could also try this bestseller from J.Crew with raffia detail for something with texture for under $200. 

I adore this pair from Cole Haan, available in soft gold (beautiful), silver, brushed nude, and black. I think I’m getting these in gold.

Last but not least, this pair from Vionic mixes comfort with style and many five-star reviews. 

You can wear all of these with practically any style of jeans and dresses.

Update your wardrobe for spring with these chic shoes.

Which shoes are you going to add to your spring wardrobe? Share in the comments!

Then, head over to the blog for more style tips, outfit ideas, and more!


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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Thursday 21st of March 2024

Great roundup of shoes. I asked this question last year but never received a response. I have a VERY high arch. It prevents me from wearing anything that does not have an ankle strap. I step right out of the shoes. I cannot do sling backs either, the strap slides of my heel. With all of that said, I was wondering if there is anyone else with that situation and have you found any shoes that work.


Thursday 21st of March 2024

Great roundup of shoe selections for spring/summer. I agree (as a northern fair-skinned gal) that black casual sandals can appear very harsh when worn on exposed legs with shorts or short skirts. I prefer a natural or nude-to-me shoe in warm weather outfits.


Thursday 21st of March 2024

Great selection of shoes. I found Cariuma sneakers last year, and have a few pairs.. they are a dream. The M. Gemi loafers are my go to...also have a few pair...thanks for all the info