There are three profoundly important things about spring: 1. Mini Eggs 2. Bubbles and 3. New sneakers. This has been true since the dawn of time. Springtime, aka New Sneakertime, is by far the most exciting season of the year to add sauce to your shoe game, because after months of slush and glum there's nothing better than to greet Mister Sun with a fresh pair of runners. Sun's like, "your feet look fly," and you're like, "DUH I KNOW, NOW KEEP SHININ'" and your walk becomes a strut (or if you're wearing the proper sneaker, possibly even a strut-run); the grass is green and the pavement is clean and if you ever wanted to know what glory feels like, this is it. It's eye-popping colorways, it's that new sneaker smell, and it's the extra pep in yo step. So whether you're a sneakerhead or not, we gathered some kicks that will add a little "daaaaammmnn" to your everyday garb - no matter what your mood.


Throwbacks + color = true love forever.
Photo: Clockwise from left: Adidas SL 72, Nike Air Max 1, New Balance Yacht Club 574, Packer Shoes x Reebok Classic Leather

Throwbacks are key for any season, but when spring rolls around you gotta jump on that color train. We're the luckiest ducks around, because Nike provides us with about one billion Air Max 1 colorway options, including this little white/blue glow/volt number. New Balance's Yacht Club 574 is available in several high-octane combinations, but we think these ones are particularly GRAPE. (Don't hate us.) Jersey's Packer Shoes celebrates the 30th anniversary of Reebok's Classic Leather with a bright twist, and if you're feeling dainty, Adidas SL 72 runners are a wonderfully ladylike choice.

+ Adidas SL 72 ($75)
+ New Balance ($70)
+ Packer Shoes x Reebok ($129)
+ Nike Air Max 1 ($149)


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Kristin Cavallari Chinese Laundry

Kristin Cavallari at her Chinese Laundry shoe preview in New York on March 20.
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Ever since we peeped Kristin Cavallari's debut Chinese Laundry shoe collection last winter, we've been obsessed with her simply gorgeous platform pumps, embellished flats, and killer booties. Not only are her prices totally on point, but we could totally see sporting her shoes with everything in our wardrobe. (Like, literally her nude pumps would match every single ensemble we own.) Lucky for us, the ex-Hillsie is on the heels (heh) of releasing her spring line, and we got to talk to her ALL about it—in person—for all y'all to see.


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Taylor Swift wears her custom Vintage Shoe Company 'Red' oxfords.
Photo: Splash News/ Vintage Shoe Company

If you follow Taylor Swift's every footstep as closely as we do, then you already know that the pop star is a huge fan of Vintage Shoe Company. She's rocked a tobacco-hued lace-up pair in a photo shoot for her Red album cover, sported a similar style for Rolling Stone magazine, and—here's how you know she's genuinely obsessed—wears them off-duty, as well. She stepped out in New York City this weekend in a red suede version of her beloved Aubrey oxfords, and the bright kicks added the perfect amount of prep to her buttoned-up, skinny jeans ensemble. But it turns out these aren't just any shoes... the pair was actually created specifically for Taylor and her Red tour.


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We don't know about you, but between bouts of spring fever, we're having a little bit of a crisis. We got so used to our boots and our all black ensembles this winter that now we don't know what to wear! While it's tempting to throw all of our chilly weather staples out the window and jump head first into floral dresses, bare legs, and denim shorts (mmm, summer), we have to admit that it's not THAT warm yet, and some serious in-between dressing is called for. These, friends, are the times that separate the women from the girls, as they say. Good transitional dressing is truly an art form, and it is not to be discounted. It's also not nearly as challenging as we all think once you have your anchor pieces locked down, and one of those is without a doubt a solid pair of flats. Ballet flats, loafers, sneaks, all will do, but right now what we're really falling for are playful oxfords. Whether floral, neon, holographic or just plain BRIGHT, the classic lace ups add that springtime je ne sais quoi to all of our outfits, and serve as a bit of a buffer when we're not sure what jacket to wear, whether it's warm enough for that microfloral dress, or...well, you get the idea. Lucky for us oxfords are trending in a major way, so there are tons of options to choose from!


It may not quite be time for those floral dresses, but oxfords are the next best thing.
Photo: Clockwise from Left: Forever 21/Urban Outfitters/Shopbop/ASOS/ALDO/Urban Outfitters

Probably the simplest way to make your wardrobe pop without having to do a whole spring overhaul is with a pair of bright floral oxfords. Luckily, there are a ton of options out there, spanning an enormous variety of price points. Some of our faves are Forever 21's Floral Oxfords ($26.50), Dr. Martens Floral 3-eye oxford ($120.00), Splendid Nickerie Oxfords ($78.00), ASOS Mastermind Flatforms ($46.55), Aldo Foliroli in Natural Print ($40.00), and Kimchi Blue embroidered eyelet oxford ($49.00).


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Karl Lagerfeld fetes his new Melissa Shoes collab in NYC.
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When Karl Lagerfeld isn't busy crafting custom dresses for Rita Ora and recruiting musicians like Frank Ocean for intimate Chanel showcases, don't expect to find him kicked back on the couch catching up on ABC Family reruns. In classic overachiever fashion, this is a man who clearly DOESN'T do well with free time, and his new collab with Melissa Shoes is pure evidence of that. Not that we're complaining or anything, because that just means there are more Karl goods for the rest of us! Take the designer's new Melissa shoe collection, for example. We first tipped you off to the plastic kicks back in December, and now they've finally landed! The Kaiser and the rest of his crew fêted the Kollaboration (yep, that's the name) in New York last night, where everyone got to peep *those* ice cream high heels in real life.


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Kanye West, Giuseppe Zanotti

Did Kanye West and Giuseppe Zanotti collab on these sneakers?
Photo: Getty Images/Shoebaloo

Welp, I guess it's about time we own up. We need to apologize, to you and to ourselves, for being selfish over here at MTV Style. Sure, we tune in to dude fashion news every now and then, but that happens almost exclusively when ogling is involved. If this latest Kanye West x Giuseppe Zanotti question is any indication of the kinds of things we miss by keeping tunnel vision locked on women's fashion, though, it's high time we start paying closer attention to the wonderful world of menswear. You see, somehow in all our excitement about this duo's collaborative lady shoes, we completely overlooked that these two might have/probably/MAYBE teamed up for some men's sneakers!


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Kristen Stewart likes her Chucks dirty.
Photo: Getty/Converse

There are two schools of thought when it comes to Converse's iconic Chuck Taylor All Star. There are people who like them pristine, typically in classic cream or black, with just the slightest hint of a scuff mark on their otherwise snow white exterior, and then there are people (like Kristen Stewart) who like them dirty. When I say dirty I'm not talkin' kickin' around the city, everyday wear and tear, either. I mean ripped to shreds and filthy, like, it takes time and work to mess up your sneaks this bad kinda grime. Since some of us don't have the time to drag our shoes across the pavement attached to the back of a taxi cab, getting the right level of filth can be hard for the busy dirty girl on the go. You know who understands? Converse does, and that's why they've just released the Well Worn collection.


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Rita Ora for Superga.
Photo: Courtesy of Superga

So we've been keeping some very close tabs on Rita Ora's new modeling gig as the face of Italian sneaker company Superga (see exhibits A, B, and C), but while much of our, uh, "research" thus far has been restricted to rumors and Instagram pics, now we can finally witness the campaign in all of its hi-res glory! Straight from the brand itself, these pics showcase Rita showing off her true sneaker steez— making even a long silk dress and a full face of makeup look streetwear-cool with her tan lowtops. Complete with soft, Marilyn Monroe-esque waves and retro sunglasses, Rita's look has fully convinced us to push the rest of our shoe stash aside for the moment. This spring, it's ALL about sneakers. #sorryimnotsorry


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Alicia Keys Reebok Sneaker Wedges

Alicia Keys at The Grove in Los Angeles on March 15.
Photo: Courtesy of Reebok

In the land of sneaker wedges, the wedge-happy population (aka Wedgonians) bustles with excitement. Queen Isabel Marant happily rules the roost, while classic sneaker brands hold court with their own wedge variations. But anticipation lingers, for a new resident has joined the mix. Alicia Keys-Beatz has added to her already eye-popping collection of custom-themed classic Reeboks; by deftly adding a hidden wedge heel to the iconic Freestyle, she has created a remix that seems pretty flawless. We want. We want to walk down the street in them, we want to put our feet up on a desk in them, and we want to do jazzercise in them. The wedged-up kicks stay true to the original Freestyle design, featuring double straps, 3 collar puffs and Freestyle heel counters. We're really feeling the red, a throwback to the original one-color pop that brought Freestyles to mainstream ubiquity in the '80s.


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Rita Ora Superga

Rita Ora for Superga
Photo: Via @RitaOra's Instagram

It seems like forever ago when we first announced that Rita Ora was replacing Alexa Chung as the new face of Superga—which, in blog years, 6 months totally is— but not to worry, because the singer's official campaign has landed! Rita is the face of the sneaker brand's Spring/Summer 2013 collection, and she Instagrammed a sneak peek of the ads earlier this morning. The debut image shows the pop star-slash-NEXT model chilling in the recording studio wearing the Italian label's classic white low tops. We're already extremely well-aware that Rita Ora is a steadfast sneaker fan, but rather than wearing them with maxi dresses or jumpsuits, this time the singer's paired 'em with lacy pink shorts and an off-the-shoulder sweater.


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