META METAL: Hu's Shoes -- purveyor of footwear so fabulous mere mortals can't always afford it -- just got in the latest from Chloe's Paddington collection. Think buckles, buckles and more buckes. While heavy metal never screamed "springtime!" to us before, we can't help but crush on these dreamily subtle jewel and earth tones. From the staid stacked-heel pump to the bold-in-gold Masai flat, you can cover all the bases here. OK, so the pieces pictured range from $445 to $650, but you really weren't planning to pay your February rent, anyway... right? GET IT: Hu's Shoes, 3005 M St. N.W., 202-342-0202.