Open Toe Season and the Polish to Go With It

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Summer’s here, and open toe shoes are out on the sidewalks again, which means one thing for me: time to frantically buff all of the winter scales off of my feet and choose my first toenail polish of the season. But there are so many sassy shoe trends on the horizon, and picking a cohesive shade can be tough. I dug through the newest shoe and nail trends to bring you your newest look – from the ankle down, that is.

Earthy Gladiators + Subtle Shimmer

This season’s gladiator is dramatic and to the knee, so don’t let your polish compete. Choose a nude with a teensy bit of shimmer so things don’t get dull down there.

(Via Spiga sandal and Butter London Nail Lacquer in Boho Rock)

Black Mules + Deep Shimmery Blue

Blue polish this spring has hints of green that make the shade entirely dimensional. It’ll kick your mules up a notch, but keep the look entirely moody.

(Maison Martin Margiela mules and Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquer in Sally)

Color Blocked Low Heel Sandals + Latte

Latte is THE nude right now, and the perfect partner for thick-strapped, low heel sandals in a multitude of tones. No foot ache and less noticeable chipping? Count me in.

(Kenzo sandal and OPI Nail Lacquer in Barefoot in Barcelona)

Dark Strappy Sandals + Classic Red

The strappy sandal is currently a little goth, with snakeskin elements and the style of a bootie. Avoid going too Vampira by sticking with a classic cherry red on your tootsies.

(Gucci bootie and Essie Nail Lacquer in Hip-Anema)

Metallic Pumps + Clean White

Ahh, Calvin Klein would be proud. This look is all about clean minimalism – we’re talking everyday pumps in bold silver with oh-so-easy white toenails.

(Oscar de la Renta pump and Ciate Paint Pot in Snow Virgin)

Kate Foster is a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated titles: writer. Blogger. Beauty and fashion junkie. Cat devotee. Art history buff. Harry Potter nerd. Cheesy 90's television fan. Sometimes-gamer. Seasonal sculptor. Mostly she’s a music enthusiast. While her heart and soul belong to 50's and 60's crooners like Etta James, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, one shouldn’t be surprised to find her listening to Lady Gaga or Jay-Z. Most days, though, she’s in an indie-punk mood somewhere in between - she counts the Pixies, the White Stripes, M83, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs as a few of her favorites. And while you’ll typically see her bobbing her head calmly at concerts, occasionally she pulls out all the stops for bands like the Black Lips. She treasures her bruises like a child. After graduating from the University of Georgia with degrees in Journalism and Art History, Kate aspires to move to New York City. There, she hopes to continue to write. She also plans on pretending to understand the art at MoMA and stuffing her face with cronuts and one dollar pizza. Kate’s heroes range from Oscar de la Renta and Mindy Kaling to Ernest Hemingway and Rupert Giles. She practically inhales iced coffee on a daily basis. Her favorite color is yellow, and like Buddy the Elf, she considers candy a major food group. She has dreams almost every night involving the coolest architecture and interior design, and has no idea what it means. Seriously, what does that mean?!

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