It's that time of the year again when spring is supposedly here, but you're still stuck in your cold-weather coats and boots. Since the temps are still hovering around 50 degrees, it's not appropriate to bust out the summer strappies just yet. Kinda like those dudes wearing flip-flops on that one 60-degree day in February—it just feels too soon.
That's why we need transition shoes that bridge that lingering winter into reluctant spring—when you just can't do your heavy boots any longer, but it's still borderline hypothermia weather for sandals. Think: neutral-hued ankle booties, mules, slingbacks, and anything with strategic cut-outs. These versatile styles accent trousers and maxi skirts just as easily now as they will culottes and mini dresses later when the temps start to rise.
So shop out 10 transition shoes that give you enough coverage, but still reassure you that warm, sunny spring is finally on its way.
1. Denim isn't just for jeans
& Other Stories, $175; stories.com
2. Cut Up
Dolce Vita, $160; shopbop.com
3. D'Orsay Penny Loafer
Freda Salvador, $375; fredasalvador.com
4. Black and White
Topshop, $115; topshop.com
5. Stardust Studs
Laurence Dacade, $1,020; net-a-porter.com
6. Silver Lining
Topshop, $80; topshop.com
7. All Tied Up
Altuzarra, $725; net-a-porter.com
8. Go For the Gold
Aldo, $77; asos.com
9. Gray Area
Jeffrey Campbell, $195; nastygal.com
10. Tassel Mules
Asos, $77; asos.com