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In the Showroom: Bernardo Spring ’16 Collection

Bohemia, with a touch of disco, is alive and well in Bernardo’s Spring ’16 collection of ’70s-inspired sandals. The heritage brand has managed to seamlessly capture the decade’s two distinct looks in a single collection that spans beachside espadrilles to metallic dress slides.

A three-piece line of suede wedge sandals—offered in black, beige and a rusty burnt sienna, which is carried throughout the collection—is the brand’s best-booked style for the season. The wedge is accented with jute-wrapped outsoles and cascading fringe, making it a wearable staple that also happens to key into a number of Spring ’16 footwear trends.

That same bohemian spirit takes shape on ankle-wrap sandals embellished by a single exaggerated tassel, suede ghillie-style peep-toe flats and ghillies on wood-bottom clogs. Standout styles include a stacked heel sandal that replaces simple straps with interlocked leather and suede links, and flat ankle-wrap sandals topped off with a lush leather floral ornament on the toe.

Bernardo’s take on the gladiator sandal makes a statement for its simplicity. The cage-like lace-up features slim straps and a minimal footbed, making it a delicate alternative to some of the more brazen gladiator options in the market.

VIEW GALLERY: Bernardo Spring '16
VIEW GALLERY: Bernardo Spring ’16

Flatform espadrilles are one of the heartier options in the line. Bernardo’s slip-ons feature an EVA bottom for a pop of color and added comfort and durability. Uppers span neutral and multi-colored wovens to stretch textiles in glittery shades of green, silver and black.

Sparkle is carried into Bernardo’s new snakeskin sandals. Available in two of the brand’s core styles, the Merit woven and the Miami woven, the material takes on a mermaid-like appearance with iridescent shades of blue and green. Meanwhile, metallic gold and blue (with a hint of sting ray pattern) add a dressy element to strappy sandals on a demi-wedge.

Bernardo turns up its glam factor with a range of shimmery gold, silver and rose gold mules on a slender high heel. The shoes feature soft leather crisscross straps and a marbleized outsole for a pop of textural interest. Bonus: These are shoes that will be seen but not heard. The line incorporates Bernardo’s Spring-o-lator elastic footbed insert, a component that dates back to the ’70s, and helps keep the shoe on the foot while eliminating the click-clack sound that normally accompanies mules.