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Touch up your toes and slip on the strappy

Spring's snazziest nail lacquers dazzle, but it's the season's strappy sandals that really steal the show. Embellished with stones and jewels, and available in everything from sky-high stilettos to beach-ready flats, this season, let your shoes shine.

Spiked and sparkly

Pair a simple sundress or a pencil skirt and tee with spring's sparkling spikes and you've nailed this season's uniform de rigueur.

I love Via Spiga's Kathy pump, a shimmering silver heel adorned with a giant bluish-gray stone ($185 at Nordstrom). Perfectly polished toes are the obvious accompaniment, but don't overpower these sexy heels with too much color. Opt for Chanel nail lacquer in White Satin, a limited edition hue available wherever Chanel cosmetics are sold ($19).

Pelle Moda's Raiden sandal in blue suede boasts stone and crystal adornments in turquoise, cream and tan ($164.95 at Endless.com). Pair these bedazzlers with a basic polish, such as Nubar's Oui Oui French Manicure ($6.99 at bynubar.com). Best of all, Nubar's long-lasting, fast-drying nail polish collection is free of Formaldehyde and Toluene, chemicals making waves of late for possible health risks.

I just picked up a pair of Charles David's Starbright shoes, strappy gold sandals, overflowing with faux gemstones in lavender and azure. These statement sandals look smashing with a dark polish, such as OPI's Lincoln Park at Midnight. Applying dark polish is a do-it-yourselfer's nightmare, so instead of streaking through the city streets, get your pedicure perfect at Botanica Day Spa, 123 N Fort Harrison Ave. in Clearwater. Their signature spa pedicure costs $40, and first-timers can take 15 percent off the price with a printable coupon on the spa's Web site, botanicadayspa.com.

Fashionable flats

Those who prefer shoes with less height and more comfort won't be short on style or sparkle this spring.

Bebe's Snake Strap Sandal ($79 at select Bebe locations and at bebe.com) features a crystal-studded snake slithering up thin gold straps. Complement these stylish shoes with a metallic polish such as Essie's The Copper Cove (visit essie.com for retailers).

Not for the faint of wallet, Giuseppe Zanotti's Ler Paplero thong is akin to jewelry for your feet ($599 at zappos.com). With sparkling stone embellishments delicately perched on red patent leather these pricey picks pair perfectly with OPI's Mexico, a true red polish that shouts "fiesta!" Be warned — after dishing out nearly $600 for these puppies, you may have to celebrate at home.

Apepazza's Etiopia sandal is a delicate and feminine take on the ultra-hip gladiator sandal ($163.95 at endless.com). Featuring fabric ankle straps, the antique white sandal is ornamented with rhinestones and ribbons. Finish the look with toenails polished in Zoya's Dulcinea, a warm, frosty pink that serves up lady-like luster ($6 at artofbeauty.com).

Before you rush off into the sunset, head to Awa Spa and Wellness Sanctuary at 5820 S MacDill Ave. in Tampa and book their On-the-Go Pedicure. This $35, 30-minute treatment is all toes need to look perfectly polished in the season's sparkling spikes and sandals.

— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBayBeauty.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at carolyn@prettycity.com.

Touch up your toes and slip on the strappy 04/17/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2008 9:41am]
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