In the Buff: 16 Spring Shoes

Our favorite warm-weather women's shoes and sandals take neutral ground. By Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi
It's ironically refreshing that some designers took a break from the seasonal brights to explore their inner beige. Yet, spring's stand-out neutral-toned sandals, lace-ups, and sling-backs don't just fade into the background—instead, they offer a clean and mean new starting point for whatever goes on top.
Opening Ceremony's leather and canvas spectator with cut-outs offers a must-have summer platform with old-world substance; Tashkent and Rachel Comey both accented mighty thick wood wedges—Tashkent's with summery burlap and Comey's with creamy perforated leather. Martin Margiela and A.P.C. both took the simplicity of cork to new places; and N.D.C.'s perfect little Beatle boot offered a flawless year-round staple to start breaking in pronto. Here's more of spring's shoes that go well beyond the pale.
From left: Opening Ceremony—Patent and burlap spectators, $365, available at Opening Ceremony in New York and LA. Little Eric/michael Michael Pasinkoff—Leather lace-up shoes, $190, available at Steven Alan.
LD Tuttle—Charlatan leather flats, $400, available at Stel's. Tashkent—Zidane wedges, $510, available at Divine Shoes, 223 Scott Street, Beaufort SC; 843-524-4300.
From left: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Tatami—Fringe sandals, $150, available at Steven Alan. Sigerson Morrison—Leather sandals, from $325, available at Sigerson Morrison in New York and Los Angeles.
From left: Alexandra Cassaniti—Beachin' cork wedge, $165, available at Alexandra Cassaniti. Frye—Leather Lisa Ecru oxford, $158, available at Oak.
From left: Gryson—Leather open-toe flat, $325, available at Gryson. Chie Mihara—Teresina leather peep-toe sandals, from $338, available in white at Gimme Shoes and in nude at Soda Fine.
From left: Rachel Comey—Stinger wedge, $295, available at I Heart, 262 Mott Street, New York; 212-219-9265. Chie Mihara—Uzeki leather sandals, $354, available at La Garçonne.
From left: N.D.C.—Amanda distressed-leather short boots, $455, available at Steven Alan. A.P.C.—Leather and Cork wedges, $475, available at Bird.
From left: Nicholas Kirkwood—Metallic leather Wedges, $695, available at Seven New York. Martin Margiela cork sandals, $695, available at Barneys New York.
Our favorite warm-weather women's shoes and sandals take neutral ground.

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