Shoe collections and "Sin City" have quite a bit in common. Both have an element of risk, with the possibility of a huge payoff. Here are five sure bets for Spring '09. - AUSTYN MAYFIELD
Hole-ier than thou: Perforation isn't just for notebook paper; it's stylish, too. "Texture is a big deal," says Rory Mitchell of Asgi Shoes. "It adds another level of luxury."
Pump it up: "I think we're going to see a return to the classic pump, but in a whole new way," says Iesha McTier from Boutique 9. She suggests trying the traditional style with a platform. "It's a great update to a look women are familiar with."
Look on the bright side: "Nothing says 'spring' better than color," says a rep for Kathryn Amberleigh. "It's the best time to have great standout shoe."
Square deal: Ready to venture away from a rounded toe? "Stronger geometric shapes, like squares, are going to be very popular," says Jennifer
Cut it out: "Cut-outs are going to be huge, especially for spring/summer boots," predicts Annette Tang from Michael Antonio. "It's a strong trend, yet really fun and playful. Year-round boots aren't just for California girls anymore."