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Alexander Wang's spring shoes.

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When Oxfords and Teva-inspired sandals trot down the runway and sneakers appear centre stage at couture, it’s hard to deny a shift in fashion’s favoured footwear. Platforms and stilettos will always have their place, but designers want women to give their calves a break this season.

Alexander Wang is the master of bringing a relaxed and comfortable aesthetic to high fashion. The New York designer has been making downtown street style and off-duty dressing aspirational since he launched his eponymous line in 2007. Now he’s at the helm of a fashion empire, has taken the lead at the storied French fashion house Balenciaga, and just booked a collaboration with retail heavyweight H&M.

There is no better place to turn than “fashion’s reigning prince of cool” for the lead on fashion-forward, yet wonderfully comfortable shoes for spring. Alexander Wang’s footwear offering includes menswear-inspired loafers, lace-up Oxfords, and a selection of sporty sandals that will keep you in fashion’s favour even on a Provincial Park trail.

Available at Holt Renfrew, Roden Gray, and Gravity Pope in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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April 23, 2014