I noticed that everyone's always going on about what makes a lolita blouse, what makes a lolita skirt, what makes lolita accessories and so forth, but shoes seem to be topic that most people don't delve THAT deeply into.
And why not? It's a pair of shoes that can make or break an outfit, they say, and I'm inclined to agree.
In my eyes, the most lolita-esque shoe is the mary-jane. It's the quintessential little girl shoe, but today there are so many variations that you don't have to stick with black patent leather. You can find mary-jane shoes in all colors, with heels, with platforms, with heart buckles or velcro straps...the choices are nearly endless. And you can get them anywhere, from Demonia to Payless and sometimes even Wal-mart.
After that, I think rocking horse shoes are the next big shoe staple in a lolita wardrobe. Originally designed by Vivienne Westwood and popularized by punk rockers, these shoes are seen often in the lolita community and can be found on lots of ebay shops selling lolita gear. They come in black, white, red, etc and feature either a strap or a ribbon to secure them to your ankle.
The so-called "tea party" shoe. Extremely popular in sweet lolita, you can find this shoe sold at most sweet lolita brand sites/shops and also on Bodyline or Ebay.
Next to that would be the heart-buckle flats, also found solely in sweet lolita.
Our gothic lolita friends often rock either a nice chunky or platform mary-jane, but lets not forget boots. A cool combat boot can work wonderfully in many punk and gothic coordinate, but there are also boots for classic and sweet lolitas too:
And that about covers your shoe options, but if you find something else that you think would work great in a lolita coordinate, post a pic and tell me!