Because we’ve finally cast off our boots in an attempt to forget about winter (while escaping the heat), it’s time to investigate the season’s sandal selection and declare what needs to be worn. That’s right: the days of open-toed shoes are finally upon us, and while we can’t condone the wearing of flip-flops (because for most of us, the college dorm look is over), we can still embrace all other footwear that doesn’t constitute as boots.
Having originated in Mexico, the Huarache style has claimed this summer as its own, worn alongside the likes of skirts, shorts and dresses, and offering a comfortable option for days spent walking, perusing or even sitting on a bench. Whether worn as a slip-on (Urban Outfitters) or a braided buckle-up (American Eagle), these sandals can bring a formal look down to something casually-appropriate, or can dress up jean shorts and a t-shirt for an outfit with a little more oomph.
Try Urban Outfitters’ Ecote Colourblock Cutout Sandals in Tan, $39. Available at Urban Outfitters.
We saw it with gladiators, and now a toned-down version of the ankle wrap has appeared on the summer 2011 landscape, offering a thick, solid band to anchor a style usually defined only by a sole and few sparse straps. Adding substance to a minimalistic or even risqué© look (short-shorts or a flimsy mini), the sandal doubles as both footwear and an accessory, evoking the charm of the ankle bracelet “ just better, and without any of its negative connotations.
Check out Steve Madden’s Blinggy in Pink, $55.95. Available at stevemadden.com.
1970s, we meet again. Considering platform shoes and a bright palette have dictated the fashion norms of spring and summer 2011, there should be no surprises that the wedge sandals return with full force, straddling the worlds of 70s kitsch and 90s structure with their substantial style and simple appeal. Often adorned with only the necessary straps, chains like Aldo have capitalized on the runway looks of Eli Tahari and Yves Saint Laurent to add a modern twist on a tried-and-true favourite.
Try Aldo’s Pouche Wedge Sandals in Cognac, $70. Available at Aldo Shoes.
If you’re still partial to shoes despite the hot weather, you can thank designers like Miu Miu, who combined lace-up footwear with the season’s sandals to create a shoe/sandal hybrid the offers dimension and character to nearly every ensemble. Whether paired with a heel (bordering on a boot), or worn flat as a take on last year’s gladiator, this season’s lace-ups are far from a standard approach to summertime options, offering a playful take on a footwear option often free of diversity.
Try Sam Edelman’s Divine Lace-Up Studded Sandals in Stone, $135. Available at Capezio Shoes.