If you spend $100: Colorful spring shoes at Old Navy and Piperlime

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shoesSince the rise of cheap designer collections and the plummet of the economy, savvy stylists and fashion editors alike have had a wardrobe mantra: mix high and low.

One of the easiest shopping destinations for doing just that is the online home of Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Piperlime -- their sites are combined and, more importantly, so is the shipping.

All of the brands have rolled out their warm-weather shoes, and many are marked down in an effort to give early bird shoppers an extra push. For less than $100, you can pull items from the cheap-chic Old Navy and the well-edited, higher-end Piperlime -- and enjoy perfect shoe updates for when the sun finally comes out.

The flip flops
Old Navy's rubber thongs are as good as anyone's -- and at 2-for-$5, and in a rainbow of summery hues, they're just irresistible. Choose a pair of pairs from 21 colors.

The classic flat with a twist
The most adorable, affordable and wearable spring shoe I've seen this year is the aptly named Sweet Caroline sandal by Chinese Laundry, currently $39 at Piperlime. The color is precious, the style is classic, and the jelly material means you can stomp around anywhere comfortably and clean them easily at the end of the day.

The going-out shoe with a punch of color
Everyone knows by now: wedges are way more comfortable and manageable than heels, and summer is the time to rock them at night. Their easy-breezy vibe pairs as well with cropped black pants as it does with floaty sundresses. What's great about these $25 cross-strap wedges from Old Navy? They come in basic black but also in colors -- like a deep sea blue -- for those of us who are ready to put away dark shades when the weather clears.

The 'Where did you get that?' sandal
If you only buy one of these pairs, make it Old Navy's sandal flat. The retro style is part jazz shoe, part peep-toe, and pure fashion. And at a ridiculous $20, you have no excuse not to invest.

Grand total: $96 including standard shipping.
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