Power Flats Kick Heels to the Curb this Season

Ever since stilettos became a wardrobe staple (thanks to Sex and the City) heels have reached painfully new heights. For some of us, especially those of us who are vertically challenged, it's hard to feel sexy without throwing on a pair of sky-high heels to elevate our entire appearance. At work, heels evoke a sense of style and authority and help women meet the expectation to always look polished while on the go. It's hard to resist the funky and affordable styles of Steve Madden, Vince Camuto, Sam Edelman and the like with their studded, spiked, strapped and printed platform heels.

Trending: Bold, Edgy & Abstract Prints

Even though bold prints aren't exactly a new trend (they were all over Fall 2011 runways), designers have really made bold design shine this spring and summer, too! High-end designers, boutiques, and commercial stores have placed bold prints on their must-have lists this season, weaving intricate, geometric, origami, and animal inspired prints that decorate tops and bottoms into their spring and summer merchandise.

Bold prints have come out looking edgier and more chic this season than ever before. We’re taking more chances as shoppers, buying unique and stylish pieces and designers are feeding our frenzy by creating bolder, edgier, and abstract looks.

Committing Shoe-icide

These shoes need no introduction. We scoured our favorite online shopping sites to bring you footwear that not only completes your look—they are your look. Here are ten (mostly) affordable pairs that are wish list worthy. (Even if you have to make some post-season returns to get your hands on feet in them!)