Summertime … and your feet are yearning to breathe free. It’s the season of the sandal, and your life will be so much simpler with a carefully edited, go-to sandal wardrobe to see you through beach days, holidays, workdays and the daily grind. From uber-casual to ultra-versatile, there’s more than one sandal that belongs in your collection for summer.
Sandal styles borrowed from traditional cultures hug your feet and hang tough from dawn to dusk and beyond. Strappy leather huaraches contour to your foot shape, move the way you do and let the breeze cool you, toe-to-heel, as you trudge through an ancient temple or navigate a picnic in the park. Grab some with a secure sling-back, a vamp medallion of punched-out leather and a radius of skinny straps in red, yellow, turquoise and camel. Or slip into the same style in white leather with the merest hint of a heel. Even cooler summer travelers will opt for a white or black leather sling-back thong with a slightly sculpted footbed and the absolute lowest flat heel. The Waverly sandal has an adjustable buckled strap and vintage-style silver-and-faux-glass vamp ornaments so they transition from casual to chic – cut-off denims to couture chiffon — as effortlessly as you do.
Utility sandals work so your feet don’t have to. The Birkenstock-style sandal, a hot trend for the past few years, is still heading toward flashpoint. Those cork-bed hippie sandals with the suede cross-strap over the vamp are back with a vengeance, although now you can find them in versions that go from country market to urban mall. Raise the level from kickin’ around to a little bit sophisticated with low platform-style cork bottoms banded twice across the vamp in buckled white or black leather – versatile enough for shorts, slacks or a simple slide of a dress.
Stable sandals with enough height to be impressive belong in your luggage for summer sightseeing and in your closet for everything else. Wedge heels can be stacked, cork or suede. Sandal straps should be classic black, saddle leather or a pretty color — soft denim or cheerful coral — and the insole should be breathable and cushioned. A wedge might sprout a few flowers or ruffles on the vamp straps, come studded with brass or pewter accents, or sport heels wrapped in raffia or wood veneer. Wear your all-purpose, grab-’em-and-go wedges with casual or work clothes to all but the chicest events. They flatter your legs AND save your hardworking feet. Win-win!
Your bejeweled feet need some exfoliation and a killer pedicure when you strut your stuff in d’Orsay-style cut-outs at ground level, or heading towards the heights. Nestle into a silver-lined cloud of a white leather sandal with a sliver of an ebony raised heel, a metallic silver band intersecting the sinuous band of white leather that shows off a pretty inner arch and painted toes. Add a second pair in taupe leather with a mocha metallic band to take you from spring through summer and all the way into fall. “Idina” d’Orsay pumps are as open as sandals in sleek black or taupe leather. Discreetly sexy, they boost your fashion profile with a leather-covered mid-height heel and a hint of a platform – all the stature and none of the pain in an easy-to-wear shoe that goes with everything in your wardrobe. Wear them to work or with casual pants, a cocktail dress, jeans or a day dress, if your fashion sense is confident, classy and classic.