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Jean-Michel Cazabat Spring 2012 Footwear Collection — Color-Blocking Effects, Pops Of Neon, And Wedge Heels Galore!

It’s 60-something degrees in New York City, the birds are chirping, and sunlight is streaming through our windows, which of course means one thing for shoe hounds: an opportunity to liberate those hibernating toes from the dark and cumbersome interior of winter boots. If visions of spring footwear are doing the mambo your head, allow us to fill up that dance card with even more graceful performers. The  Jean-Michel Cazabat Spring 2012 collection, after all, is rife with fantasy fodder in the form of color-blocked strappy sandals with front platforms and stiletto heels, patent leather wedges with cork heels, and open toe stilettos with python details and geometric motifs.

One of our favorites in the hot-to-trot troop is the Octavia ($320), pictured at top, a sassy sandal with a thin stiletto heel, a wide band hugging the open toe area, a broad ankle collar, and  ample cut-outs along the sides. The main appeal of the show, though, are the lavender, charcoal, purple, lilac, and black suede square and pentagonal strips of fabric that overlap one another to create a mosaic-like effect. The usage of geometric shapes nods to the Mod designs of the 1960s while the silver piping outlining each suede piece nods to Art Deco sensibilities. And, of course, the stunning juxtaposition of cool purple and gray shades proves irresistible.

Those seeking a pop of neon color to achieve more in-your-face, go-big-or-go-home looks will appreciate the Beverly ($295), pictured third from top, a high-heeled sandal with yellow patent leather uppers, a slim ankle strap, and a simple horizontal strap along the toe area, a cream-colored outsole, and a turquoise blue front platform and straight heel. Similarly, the Bess ($320), shown fifth from top, incorporates a dose of brightness to an otherwise casual shape. This particular shoe fuses together the typical design of a wedge sandal with the wooden details we associate with clogs via the chunky, block-like heel, with its smooth surfaces and rounded  edges, and via the hammered studs connecting the toe strap to the edges of the front platform. The black straps at the back of the wedge sandal and along the ankle provide the perfect backdrop for the neon pink strap covering the toe area to truly pop.

Sophisticated, evening-ready designs include the Oriana ($295), pictured next to last, a nude suede slingback with a golden metal heel and gold python embossing along the toe opening, and the Emma($270), shown last above, a classic black pump with a pointed toe and ultra-low sides that show off as much of the foot as possible, creating a demure but slightly risqué effect.

To check out all the new footwear designs, visit Jean-Michel Cazabat’s Facebook page. To purchase these darlings, visit the Jean-Michel Cazabat flagship store in New York City (350 Bleecker Street) or  call (646) 669-8508.

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