Ah, summer. A time of gauzy slip dresses, denim cut-offs, and oversized tees. And, I guess, if you’re into that kind of thing, a time of sandals. I for one hate sandals. I don’t want to see your feet. Maybe it has something to do with living in New York City, but seeing someone’s open toes on a crowded subway in the morning makes me squirm. I completely understand if you’re in Los Angeles and walking around isn’t quite a necessity. I get it if you want to show off a pedicure. But if you’re in New York on a 90-degree day and you’re running around on these dirty SoHo streets with your whole foot exposed, I don’t get it. I have a similar issue with slides: what if I’m running to catch a train and my slide slides off and my full foot comes in contact with the platform?? No thanks. I’ve seen one too many of my friends have to rinse their feet off at the end of a long day of running around in sandals. I can’t say it’s been super appealing.
And, as if the fashion gods of the world wanted to spite me, strappy, delicate sandals are EVERYWHERE RIGHT NOW. That, for one, is a trend I will not be partaking in. But, girls gotta walk around without getting blisters. Unfortunately, my Acne Jensen boots just aren’t cutting it now that the weather is consistently at 85-degrees. If you’re anything like me, I’ve rounded up some amazing shoes that won’t make your feet sweat.
It should be said that my mom got very, very, angry with me when I came over to her house wearing these. I have a bit of a shoe addiction anyway, and white sneakers have been a bit of a weakness for me. These have been my shoe of choice this summer. My boyfriend has a pair and he completely influenced me to get one of my own. And thank God he did. These go with everything, are a bit more chunky than my high-top Converse, but won’t make my foot look massive. I wear these with mini dresses, cropped jeans, and just about everything in my wardrobe. Plus, they’re currently on sale, so you’ve got nothing to loose.
I think of these slingbacks as my answer to a summer sandal. The low heel makes them perfect for everyday where, but the shape and style give them a more polished look than your usual sandals. I also find these to be the perfect way to dress up an otherwise simple outfit for a meeting or a date. I don’t own these exact slides — Zara made a very similar option — but they’ve been at the top of my summer wishlist recently.
Sue me, I included a pair of boots on this list. Are we surprised? Boots are my #1 outfit essential. I wear them year-round with just about everything I own. I’m a shoe collector by habit, and I always can find a reason to pick up a new pair. My collection has gotten a bit out of control as of late, but I’m not complaining. My favorite thing about this pair in particular is how high up they go on the leg. My jeans are cuffed 99.9% of the time, so I love when shoes have a bit of detail at the ankle.
I think I died when I saw these for the first time. The color!! The cutouts!! the low heel!! I’m constantly looking for shoes that will make me look more dressed up but are just as comfortable as my favorite pair of sneakers, and I have a feeling these will do the trick. They’re so feminine without being frilly or too obvious. I would style these with my black Max Mara wrap dress (I found it in a thrift store for $8) and a chunky necklace or matching red earrings. Or, come winter, I would put these with a pair of vinyl boyfriend-style pants that I got from Zara a few seasons ago.
Karla Welch recently posted a photo of Megan Rapinoe and her fiancé, Sue Bird, on Instagram. The couple was heading to the ESPY Awards in New York dressed in matching suit jackets. Rapinoe wore hers with a pair of leather Bermuda shorts (also on my summer wishlist, but that’s an entirely different post) and a pair of patent leather Oxfords. They might not be the first shoe that comes to mind when you think about a summer shoe essential, but Oxfords actually work all year round. I had never seen them look so cool and effortless, so props to Welch. These are $600, but there are tons of other options on the market from brands like ASOS and Topshop, if that’s more in your price range.