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Cut It Out! — Shoes With Elaborate Laser-Cut Perforations Rule Spring 2014

Typically, if your shoes have holes in them, it’s time to take them to your favorite repair expert and, if the prognosis is negative, toss them in the garbage and mourn their loss. But, this season, you’ll find yourself seeking out footwear with holes — specifically, laser-cut perforations that resemble playful flower petals; romantic swirls and paisley shapes; Mod triangles, diamonds and circles; cage-worthy rectangles, and lace-like chop-outs and etchings.

Below, discover 15 styles that are a cut above the rest.



Charlotte Olympia Coralena Sandals, €795. Available at CharlotteOlympia.com

Fluorescent yellow uppers make the Coralena sandals more festive than the “Macarena.” Featuring a 2-inch heel, these slingback sandals features cut-outs inspired by coral reefs.


Alice + Olivia Gale Floral Bootie, $495. Available at AliceandOlivia.com

A great shoe to transition from spring to summer, the Gale open-toe bootie features floral etchings along its leather uppers with laser-cut perforations accentuating each petal or dancing around the blossoms like scattered leaves.


Christian Louboutin Impera Lace-Up Laser-Cut Red Sole Pump, $1295. Available at NeimanMarcus.com

These sultry lace-up pumps feature a 4″-covered heel, a dramatic scalloped collar, and laser-cut perforations in Baroque-inspired swirl patterns with a transparent PVC backing making the dramatic cut-outs a bit more demure. Black leather cords that tie at the ankle complete the boudoir-ready effect.


Kate Spade Lana Pump, $350. Available at KateSpade.com

Mimicking the type of floral pattern seen on eyelet skirts and dresses, the white Kate Spade Lana pumps are garden party-ready.


Vince Camuto Wexer Sandals, $117.95. Available at Shoebuy.com

These shoes tap into two prominent Spring 2014 trends: first, their black-and-white color combination is one of the hottest of the seasons; second, the circular and triangular cut-outs along each horizontal band accentuate the sandals’ 1960s Mod vibe. The wider bands hugging the ankle magnify the effect, making these even more of a statement-making piece.

I received a gift code to review these Shoebuy.com sandals, and I absolutely adore them. Now that the weather is warmer, I plan on rocking them every opportunity I get! Obviously, I am disclosing the gift code receipt in accordance with FTC regulations but, as you lovely readers know, I only recommend products I whole-heartedly believe in. And these shoes, ladies, are fire!


Shoe Cult Chandler Oxford, $58. Available at NastyGal.com

The “borrowed from the boys” trend in footwear has been going strong for several seasons, as ladies embrace typically masculine styles like oxfords and smoking slippers. These lace-up tan oxfords are given a feminine flair via pointy toes and a Bohemian basketweave design complete with rectangular cut-outs along the side panels that create a caged effect.


Stuart Weitzman Cagey Bootie, $498. Available at RevolveClothing.com

These cream-colored lace-up booties are as sweet as they are saucy. The practically dime-sized laser-cut perforations on their uppers are bolder than those we typically encounter this season. Hammered metal studs are scattered between these Swiss cheese-worthy holes to magnify the booties’ edgy feel.


Salvatore Ferragamo Susi Laser High Heel Pointy Toe Pumps, $650. Available at Bloomingdales.com

These disco-ready pumps feature  shimmering silver uppers with round perforations that vary slightly in size, with horizontal rows of small circles along the pointy toe and the heel counter juxtaposed against rows of circles with larger diameters along the central side panels. Though the round perforations are present in every area of the shoe, the gradation in their size makes for a striking effect.


TOMS Orange Moroccan Cutout Desert Wedges, $94. Available at TOMS.com

Even TOMS is embracing the cut-out trend this season! Their new closed-toe wedge shoes feature espadrille-inspired, rope-covered heels and burnt orange suede uppers with Moroccan-inspired perforations.


Moero Perforated Bicolor Bootie, $265. Available at Nordstrom.com

A glossy black heel and matching piping along the open toe, ankle collar, and the line running vertically down the center of the bootie’s vamp all work to provide some much-needed contrast to the white uppers, which are covered with gridded perforations. The result: a bicolor bootie that’s bold and beautiful.


Jeffrey Campbell Picado Flat, $99.95. Available at Nordstrom.com

These powder pink, open-toed, flat sandals feature dainty ankle straps, but that’s about the only quaint design detail they boast. Their uppers are covered with triangular and square cut-outs inspired by Mexican papel picado, a decorative folk art craft that involves making elaborate designs using tissue paper and small chisels or scissors.


Santa Monica Sandals by CJG, $200. Available at Topshop.com

These silver sandals will be your lucky stars! Featuring a 4.4″-tall heel, the Santa Monica sandal features clover-shaped cut-outs along the front strap and the ankle cuff for a dose of fashionable good fortune,


ALDO Fuginiti, $120. Available at AldoShoes.com

Unapologetically bold, these tangerine-toned , open-toned booties feature an audacious, towering, slim 5.5″ heel and a 1.5″-tall front platform. The booties’ uppers, meanwhile, feature almond-shaped cut-outs that practically overlap, creating a bit of a psychedelic effect.


Tory Burch Miles Sneaker, $165. Available at Nordstrom.com

Even slip-ons get chopped this season! Check out the Tory Burch Miles sneaker, featuring silver-toned uppers with all-over round perforations.


Prada Geometric-Cutout Ankle Cuff Sandals, $830. Available at Barneys.com

Made of luxurious black suede, these Prada sandals feature diamond-shaped cut-outs along the front band and the matching ankle cuff, bringing together the two things girls like best: diamonds and shoes!

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