Ugly Shoe Intervention: Summer Sandals
Apr 14, 2011
The weather is warming (slowly, but surely) and the ugly sandals are coming out to play. Just this morning, I saw a woman on the street wearing a teal pair with coral turtles and starfish on them. These were absolutely the perfect choice to wear with her business suit. Here’s hoping she had another pair of shoes at work.
When it comes to sandals there are a myriad of fashion ills. Some pairs are too heavily embellished. Some pairs are too casual. Like Goldilocks, it’s your job to find the pair that are just-right.
Dripping in Decorations. Our first pair of sandals are by Prada and are so heavily embellished that they look like cheap chandeliers. And no, it doesn’t matter one iota that they’re designer. Just ask Rita Wilson.
If you like the look of a decorated sandal, skip the sparling sequins and go for a sandal with chunky, modern-looking stones. This sandal from French Connection is neutral, chic perfection. Perfect for running errands in the city or strolling along the boardwalk.
Child-like Color. If you want to wear brightly-colored sandal, great. But, you cannot wear a cheap looking, embellished, brightly-colored sandal. Here, we’ve switched out this awkward looking (is that a tumor?) Juicy Couture sandal for a sleeker option from TopShop. If you’re going to wear color on your feet, you need to choose a classic shape and a basic look.]
Hiking on the Boulevard. Let me start by saying that in the right setting the Tevas pictured in pair three are totally appropriate. These settings include: while on a hike, while camping, while rafting, while walking in the country, and even, maybe, while at the beach. However, these sandals are a serious faux pas when worn to the store, to the office, to church, to a wedding and anywhere else where strenuous athletic activity in an outdoor setting will not occur.
Sadly, these shoes are worn with hiking shorts and cocktail dresses in my hometown. *tear* This is wrong, and must be stopped.
Instead of an athletic sandal, buy an insole designed for sandals (Dr. Scholls makes one for women that is thin and practically undetectable) and invest in a Huarache. It’s substantial enough to stay on your foot with ease, and it looks a lot classier and more summery than that suede athletic sandal.
Lesson? If the only time you plan on climbing a mountain or fording a river is during a game of Oregon Trail, leave the athletic sandals on the shelf.
The Flip-Flop Flap. Last week, we discussed the many reasons why flip-flops are horrible for your bone structure and murder on your sense of fashion. And if flip-flops are bad, wedge flip-flops are worse.
If you want wedges, wear wedges. If you like a thong sandal, switch it out for something more substantial with a higher rise on the instep. This will take some of the pressure off of your joints, and it looks a good bit more stylish. Miss M swears by Bernardos. They’re suitable for the beach and for casual dinners out.
Wearing closed-toe shoes all summer is such a drag, but so is looking perfectly put together from the ankles up and a fashion disaster from the ankles down. Don’t ruin your pretty summer skirts and dresses with ugly sandals, make the switch today.