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It's a New Year: 5 Shoe Trends You Can Expect to See in 2014

The big 2014 is here, so it’s out with the old and in with the new. That means out with the wedged Isabel Marant-style sneakers and minimalist black strappy sandals and in with bold colors and prints, new shapes, sporty heels, and over the top embellishments. These are some of the top shoe trends for 2014. Ladies (and gents), pay attention!

Step into the mules.

Mules used to be very popular back in the '90s, and girls wore it with bootcut jeans and bustiers. Fast forward 20 years later and you’ve got the upgraded mule -- a backless beauty that comes in plenty of heights and that you’ll have no problem finding on the runways (and in stores) at Alexander Wang, Chelsea Paris, Stella McCartney, or Monique Lhuillier.

A favorite: Altuzarra, with their sleek black mule that goes from day to night in a second.

Wear it: with a masculine, but fitted suit and a briefcase for a power look, or pair it with a midi form fitting skirt and a loose knit sweater, for a casual, but trendy night out.

Turn the colors on.

While there won’t be any “color is the new black” jokes, it is something to be on the lookout for this year - color is definitely 2014’s. Designers were probably bored of neutrals and austere colorblocking and took their anxiety to the sketchbook, where the new color trends were born. Radiant Orchid might be the Pantone color of the year, but in the realm of shoes, icy blue is king. Miu Miu, Manolo Blahnik, Aperlai, and many more are using it either as main color or as an accent and the results are pretty amazing.

A favorite: Chelsea Paris, because they knew that no one can get over the minimalist strappy high-heeled sandal, so they drew up a luminous blue upgrade of that, complete with a little wing that confirms, once again, that women are angels.

Wear it: like a painter, always keeping in mind what you want to accentuate and how you want the colors to blend. A dark brown trouser will make the blue shine, as will a long, flowy wine-colored skirt. If a more neutral effect is what you’re going for, try it with powder pink for the lower half of your body and a combination of mint and pale rose for the upper half.

For the guys: you definitely need to rock this trend this year, especially if you’ve already sick of your brown brogues. Go for some darker blue sneakers or loafers and you’ll look stylish without peacocking.

Take the gym to the street.

Isabel Marant knew what she was doing when she introduced her now famous sneakers everybody was wearing last year. With that, the sporty trend had its break. And, in 2014, you’ll have more shoe options than ever. Emilio Pucci, John Galliano, Gucci, and Balenciaga are all hoping on and giving us a demonstration in variation, with sporty platforms and heels, to boots and stilettos.

A favorite: Prada, with its green velcro strappy heel, almost ridiculously embellished with big blue crystals. It looks new and gives ‘sporty’ a new interpretation -- princess, with a comfy twist.

Wear it: with an over-the-knee full skirt in bold, surreal prints, for an eye-catching moment, or a bombshell stretchy dress and a translucent raincoat, for a futuristic vibe.

For the guys: sneakers are definitely on the rise, so you’re still safe with a pair of New Balance. For a change, look for some new colors and even sportier options, like Nike’s Air Max.

Decorate!

This doesn’t imply that you should start a DIY project, because you’re sure not to do a better job than the scores of designers who have decided to take their 2014 shoe inspiration from Candyland. Emilio Pucci is beading his heels with Inca patterns, Christian Dior is using green flower buds and bows to embellish their shoes, while Chrissie Morris is going for an abstract inspiration with polkadots and graphic eyes.

A favorite: Sophia Webster, with her pop-color butterfly sandal, packs a powerful punch but is still a versatile shoe that can be worn more than once a week.

Wear it: with a sheer, neutral colored full-length dress, to accentuate the shoe, or with a strong print pantsuit, to make a bold statement.

Pick the odd one out.

There’s a new trend emerging and it comes with an eye squint and an “are you sure about that?” It’s the weird, intense heel! From weird shapes, like we’ve seen over at Walter Steiger, to over-the-top glittery or decorated heels, at Tory Burch or Fendi, this trend gives you the chance to get all of those second looks focusing on your shoes.

A favorite: Nicholas Kirkwood’s pearl suede pumps, with their geometrical uneasiness, yet complete grace, win this one.

Wear it: so that the attention grabbers get what they deserve. Go simple, with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a blazer, if you want to say “I look good even when I’m going to grab coffee” or try a dramatic look, with a velvet dress and red lipstick. Get creative!

With all these colorful, wacky shoes, it could be said that 2014 is 2013 on happy pills. After taking a look at the latest shoe trends for yourself, it’s likely that you’ll agree.