Ankle Obsession
Posted by on March 13, 2012 | 11:02 am EST

Whether they arrive on comfortable ballerina flats, summery cork wedges or nauseatingly high stilettos, the ankle strap is one shoe detail to never miss a season. Always trendy and stylish, this little detail has always been favored for how it exudes polished femininity or suggestive sexiness.

This spring, the unspoken obsession for ankle straps is on a never-ending roll. With that, we reveal the 10 pairs we’ve secretly bookmarked and scheduled on our must-get-this-spring shopping list.

Michael Michael Kors | Ariana ostrich-effect leather wedge sandals | $150

Wedges and ankle straps is one of fashion’s most enduring combinations, and these Michael Michael Kors leather wedge sandals can attest to that. Tangerine and dots come together for a playful turn on this spring classic.

Marni | Two-tone textured leather pumps | $755

Although seemingly inspired by classic Mary Janes, the wingtip detailing on these Marni textured leather pumps offers a more masculine finish to this thick-heeled statement pair.

Miu Miu | Crystal-embellished suede sandals | $990

Miu Miu employs the help of all that glitters and shimmers to create a stunning pair of sandals.

Ralph Lauren Collection | Alberta raffia sandals | $525

Be a walking statement in this refreshing pair of seafoam-hued sandals from Ralph Lauren collection. We especially loved the straw-like laces, which reimagine the ankle strap for spring.

Yves Saint Laurent | Riviera embroidered suede wedge sandals | $795

These nautical-inspired wedge sandals from Yves Saint Laurent stuck to a simple black suede skin for easy chicness. However, a few oceanic and quirky details were thrown in to keep things interesting which include anchor prints and wave-like curves on the soles.

Missoni | Leather and crochet-knit platform sandals | $785

Missoni takes boho sensibilities a notch higher with these colorful and laidback platform sandals. We love how the thin ankle straps give off a surprisingly polished look.

Pierre Hardy | Striped twill wedge sandals | $595

Stripes in various thicknesses give these Pierre Hardy black-and-white wedge sandals a monochromatic surprise.

Giuseppe Zanotti | Bow-embellished suede platform sandals | $895

This dangerously steep Giuseppe Zanotti platform pair evokes utmost femininity even without glitter and gold—although the suede bows and striking magenta color easily fulfill that task. The ankle straps add a touch of unobtrusive whimsy to the pair’s flirty aesthetic.

Charlotte Olympia | Isla palm leaf suede and leather sandals | $1,075

Charlotte Olympia lets leaves wrap around your ankles and feet with this tropical-inspired platform pair. Charming and dainty, this pair will surely be the darling in a sea of shoes.

Etro | Suede-appliquéd wedge sandals | $810

Etro made good use of blue paisley appliqués to render intimidatingly charming this otherwise simple pair of wedge sandals. We are particularly fond of the wave effects that uniquely slither up to the ankles.

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