CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dangerous, delicious and brimming with wit, shoes have become the queens of the closet.
Sweetness aplenty, and anything but demure, the season's shoes are perfect for the dainty decorum strutted on the spring ready-to-wear catwalks.
Now an official topic of conversation, shoes make maximum impact. Not for the faint of heart -- or weak of ankle -- shoes are rubberneck-causing, traffic-stopping and hot to trot for spring. Some snazzy footwear may not get you down Capitol Street. How long you're able to wear your shoes is directly proportional to the height of the heel, the strappiness and whether they were designed with Lady Gaga in mind.
Shoe "artists" delivered high drama for the season with wildly inventive footwear in brilliant springtime color. Orange is the frontrunner for spring shoes, as it is in ready-to-wear. The color spectrum ranges from bright blues, greens and pinks to their opposites -- Jordan Almond shades of pastels. But neutrals are back, too.
Romantic, bold, flirty watercolor floral prints migrate from dresses to shoes in colors that mix and match.
Art deco color blocks offer crisp shades in bold colors as a lesson in art theory. Multicolored heels harness a smoldering, modern edge for those who want to rock the block with presto! drama. A flash of fluorescent neon packs a punch of wonderfully mod cool to twin peaks of glamour.
Striking details are on trend, adding a touch of interest and a dollop of pretty to breezy, open styles, chunky, trendy wedges and sultry high heels. Coy and ladylike slingbacks, posh platforms and peep toes, modern cap toes, clogs, charming ballerinas, jazzy stilettos and chunky heels in raffia, rope, wood and patent capture the modern glamour of the new season. "Flatform" shoes -- platforms that are high in both the front and back -- make you feel as if you're wearing a flat.
Contemporary, trendy feet feature zippers, buckles (do not wear with motorcycle jacket -- too many buckles), 3-D glam flowers, jewels, architectural graphics, T-straps and Mary Janes. Sparkling metallic finishes, stones and beads add the right dash of glamour, embellishment and shine.
Cap toe ballet flats are brighter and cuter than ever. Slightly mod, they look sharp with any skinny-leg pant or shift dress.
Casual, classic boat shoes, that quintessentially preppy style that has a sense of history, cut loose for spring in fun Crayola colors. They are the season's star of the backyard barbecue. Even a tomboy would love this shoe.