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Trend Report: Put some spring in your step

By Holly E. Thomas
Sunday, February 13, 2011; W08

Need to revive your spirits in the midst of the winter doldrums? Let your mind fast-forward to spring, when a wave of new (and not-so-new) styles will surface on store shelves. Here, a preview of the top pairs to pick up once the mercury starts to rise.

1

Clog redux

After resurfacing last fall, clogs have secured a spot on the style radar. But don't dust off any clunky old pair -- instead, opt for styles with slim or stacked heels, a manageable platform and hardware that hints at the clog silhouette. Get the look: INC International Concepts Wanda pump. $89 at area Macy's stores andwww.macys.com.

2

Flatforms

This style hybrid (a marriage between a simple flat and a sturdy platform) popped up on runways from Derek Lam to Chanel. Get the look: Via Spiga's Ecstacy crocodile-print sandal. $175 at area department stores and www.viaspiga.com. Available in March.

3

Color theory

Neutrals punctuated by bright jolts of color make a splash for spring, and even some of the most color-wary designers -- Jil Sander's Raf Simons and Haider Ackermann, for starters -- jumped on the bold-is-beautiful bandwagon. Get the look: Rachel Rachel Roy Zahira sandal. $119 at area Macy's stores and www.macys.com. Available in March.

4

That '70s Shoe

The era that saw the heyday of hippies and the dawn of disco was a major source of inspiration for designers, evidenced by wide-brimmed hats at Marc Jacobs and structured tunics at Celine. Forspring, inject throwback panachewith a sturdy wedge sandal with earthy leather straps. Get the look: Restricted Harmony sandal. $85 at www.piperlime.com.

5

Ballet chic

The film "Black Swan," with its elegant, Rodarte-designed costumes, foreshadowed one of the season's key trends: ballerina basics. Look for dance-inspired touches on items such as pretty flats and ankle-wrap heels. Get the look: Jimmy Choo Whirl flat. $345 at Jimmy Choo (5481 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, 240-223-1102) and www.net-a-porter.com.

6

Global bazaar

A host of spring collections, including Prada, Missoni and under-the-radar label Suno, added worldly flourishes via exotic prints and tribal silhouettes. Use a bold, graphic print to energize an understated look or put a modern spin on well-worn basics. Get the look: Dolce Vita Edda sandal. $155 at www.piperlime.com; $157.50 at www.endless.com.

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