10 Stylish Shoes for Spring from Designers in the Heartland

We revel in spring shopping. We love the fresh styles, soft tones and new collections that designers slowly reveal. Better yet, there are a number of brands lead by creatives in the middle of America who embrace clean, elegant aesthetic and sustainability. Support brands in the middle of America by browsing our 10 stylish picks.

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Ama Mule, Nisolo 
These comfortable, stylish mules are a versatile addition to any wardrobe. The elegant woven-leather upper makes it appropriate for a day at work, but they can easily work for a casual spring day running errands. With a stacked leather heel and insole, this hard-working staple will last for years. As a brand, Nisolo has also made sustainability a part of its mission, so you can rest easy knowing each piece was ethically made.

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Paloma Open Toe Mule, Nisolo
A gorgeous must-have for spring, we would all benefit from a pair of open-toe mules in our closet. These from Nisolo would pair perfectly with a pencil skirt or slacks for the office, and then with jeans or midi dress for a night out or after-work drinks. A classic, comfortable spring shoe like this will never go out of style.

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Scout Slip-On Sneaker, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes 
A cute, casual and comfortable style for spring, the slip-on shoe trend isn’t going anywhere. These ones from Dr. Scholl’s also come in a bunch of different colors and fabrics: select from leather, suede or a fabric-and-leather upper, with a Memory Fit foam insole. These would look equally at home paired with jeans or even a maxi dress or skirt.

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Vienna Chic Slip-On, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes 
In keeping with the slip-on trend, we also love this classy take on the traditional slip-on sneaker from Dr. Scholl’s. With the elegant ruffling and sleek, pointed toe, you could totally get away with wearing these at the office. Try them with a pair of ankle-length black slacks and a fitted, colorful blouse. These also come in several colors, including black, tan and the light-purple shade shown above.

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Gianna Pumps, Naturalizer
We are in love with these gorgeous spring heels from Naturalizer. The classy statement heel is sufficiently stylish for drinks or a night out and would also work at the office or a casual day running errands. Available in chic leather or suede and in several colors, you can expand the color palette of your footwear with a pink-suede pair like those pictures above, or opt for a classic black or tan color.

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Sloan Pumps, Naturalizer
We can’t help it, we love mules—and this white open-toe style from Naturalizer is a must-have. With a leather upper, non-slip outsole and 3 1/2 inch block heel, you’ll be perfectly polished for a casual day out, at work or out for drinks. If you’re looking to work a more diverse pallette into your wardrobe, a pair of white mules like these are a great place to start: they’re bright and cheery for spring, but still match perfectly with just about anything in your wardrobe.

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Ivy Sandal, Ceri Hoover
A designer who refers to her favorite pieces like they’re people—we’re here for it. Here’s what designer Ceri Hoover had to say about her brand-new Ivy sandal: “Ivy was born out of Ceri’s search for something sexy yet smart and versatile; something Ceri would wear casually with jeans but also on date night or an evening out with friends.” We love the design, class and comfort that’s embedded into the DNA of this shoe. You can also read our interview with the designer herself here.

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Gabby Wedge, Ceri Hoover
You’ll get years of wear out of these expertly designed, classically beautiful shoes. Think of them as an elevated ballet flat, which you could wear for truly any occasion: elegant enough for a night out or the office, but comfortable enough for weekend relaxing or running errands.

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Jess Bootie, Naked Boot And Shoe
We can’t think of any situation where a great boot wouldn’t be a plus. The company recently took up shop in Webster Groves, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis, with a commitment to sustainability and style. The Jess bootie would serve wearers equally well during the winter or spring and would be a particularly perfect addition to elegant slacks and a blouse for work, or a pair of cutoff jean shorts during the day.

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Adrienne Bootie, Naked Boot And Shoe
We can’t think of an outfit in which this gorgeous stiletto-heeled boot would not be the star of the show. The brand’s best-selling heel has a soft inner lining for comfort, and the proprietors of Naked Boot And Shoe insist you will not yank these off and carry them if faced with the prospect of a long walk. Available in black or tan, these babies will add a layer of polish to any outfit.

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