Although many trends come and go, the best kept secret of the style savvy is to splurge where it counts and save when shopping on a whim. When shopping for sandals, rather than spending money on an exotic impulse purchase, take a look at your spring wardrobe and make a list of the colors, styles and heel-heights that would best suit you.

Some trends, such as the metallic details that were seen all over spring runways, can work both for day and night. One trend that pops up year after year is the gladiator sandal, and buckles and straps are as abundant as ever this spring. Sandals with ethnic prints and embroidery also are popular this season, as are contemporary brights and pastels. Colorful sandals such as these are fun and youthful. Just be sure to choose a pair you can wear again and again.

You can use our list of new sandals for inspiration, and before you make your spring shopping decisions, ask yourself the following questions:

What function do I need my sandals to serve? Are they for work, for everyday or for special occasions?

What are the most common colors in my wardrobe? Are your work clothes mostly black and white, for example? Do you usually dress in bright colors for daytime and the weekend? What heel sizes am I most comfortable and confident wearing?

How often am I going to wear this pair of sandals?

Animal Print

‘Jessie’ Leapord-Print Sandals, Jessica Simpson, Dillard’s, $89

Bright Pastels

‘Chaos Cuff’ Sandal, Manolo Blahnik, Nordstrom.com, $695

Soft Pastels

‘Key West,’ olsenhaus.com, $255

Ethnic Print

Milkey Wedge Sandals, ‘Call it Spring,’ JC Penney, $50


‘Billie’ Gladiator Sandal, Coach, select retailers, $178

Animal Print

‘Evangela 2,’ Jessica Simpson, heels.com, $99

Mixed Metals

‘Caitlyn’ platform wedge, Coach, bloomingdales.com, $178

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