12 Graduation Shoes You'll Actually Want To Wear Again

Not to be overly dramatic, but it's your last chance. Your final shot. The closing hurrah. Your chance to demonstrate, once and for all, how much panache you have to all of your schoolmates. And while graduation is a celebration of all that you have done (and not what you are wearing), when walking across that stage, all eyes are certainly on you. With your gown and headwear accounted for, there's only one accessory to work with, so why not make it pop?
The graduation shoe conundrum is a tricky one: On one hand, you really want to pay homage to the tradition and importance of the day, but on the other, you want to stand out and show your personality. (In other words, Grandma is watching, but so are your peers.) We've gathered a handful of options that're pitch-perfect for the occasion but still have the right amount of punch, and are cool enough to take with you on your next great adventure. Of course, each of our picks ring in under a student-friendly $200 price tag. Now remember, don't trip, keep your chin up...and being a ham is never a good idea.
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When in doubt, the floral saddle shoe will always win, and will be a new spring staple for you, too.

Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff Lewis Oxfords, $139, available at Macy's, 1675 Meridian Avenue; 305-674-6300.
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If you are sticking to the traditional white, throw in some metal hardware and stripes to pump it up.

Aldo Vivolo, $120, available at Aldo. 751 Collins Avenue; 305-538-9546.
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You don't want to be the girl on stage wearing the brightest shoes. Second brightest is definitely best!

Madewell The High Road Sandal, $158, available at Madewell.
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It is also totally acceptable to ditch the heel altogether. Of course, if you do so, a cute metal wedge adds some geometry to the soft ballet shoe.

Asos Lagoon Ballet Flats with Metal Heel, $54.54, available at ASOS.
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If you want something more traditional, opt for a pair of pumps that might be with you for a long time to come. Nude will carry you far.

772 by Canape, $124.95, available at Lori's Shoes.
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Liberal Arts or BA receivers might want to opt for a funkier pair of wedges, and these have just the right amount of attitude without stealing any scenes.

Schuler & Sons Pulled Tide Wedges, $198, available at Anthropologie, Lincoln Road Mall at 1108 Lincoln Road; 305-695-0775.
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Hey, you're never too old to Velcro up your wedges! (Fortunately, the sophisticated beige might say otherwise.)

Topshop Whizzkid Clean Velcro Wedges, $90, available at Topshop.
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Remember, you'll have to be standing, walking, and moving around. A small wedge might be best, but make sure to throw in a pop of color.

Sam Edelman Sophie Mini Wedge Sandal, $120, available at Free People.
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Not only is the shape of this platform so perfectly on-point, but the yellow is as bright (and as cute) as your future.

Zara Platform Sandal, $99.90, available at Zara, 590 Collins Avenue; 305-532-8002.
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Adorable tassel details might echo your cap situation...and will definitely look fab on your next adventure.

Seychelles Solo Sandal, $99.95, available at Nordstom.
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We haven't seen the last of "flatforms" yet, and a citrus-soled, easy-to-maneuver pair will look good under your gown...and all through the summer.

Pour La Victoire Suede Platform Sandal, $250, available at Neiman Marcus.
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Another twist on the traditional white, these would be at home with your UM blues or under a pair of summery cut-offs.

Kimchi Blue Crochet Peep-Toe Boot, $69, available at Urban Outfitters, 653 Collins Avenue; 305-535-9726. ‎
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