1: Fringed Tasseled Sandal (Charlotte Russe, $25) 2: Bi-Color Jelly Shoes (Zara, $50) 3: Hunt Fluro Cross-Over Sandal (Topshop, $50) 4: McKenna Gold Thond Sandal (Banana Republic, $45) 5: O’Neill Cruz Sandal (Swell, $29) 6: Dune Jamaica Sandal (Asos, $45)
One of the things that I love most about summertime is that I get to wear sandals. I get to flash my perfect pedicure and strut on the streets in comfort and style. But cheap, plastic flip flops that cost less than a salad from Sweetgreen are not sandals. There a sign of the coming apocalypse. (Don’t believe me? Consider the the flip-flap-flopping on the marble floors of the Capitol sounds exactly like hoof beats.)
I like a nice structured sandal. I like something with a little style and a little attitude. And I don’t like to spend a lot of money on my sandals, because I want to be able to wear them to death and toss them at the end of the season. After all, I’m just going to want new ones next year.
Whether you can wear sandals to work depends solely on the conservative nature of your office. I can wear bare toes during recess or on casual Friday. You may be able to wear them every day, you may never be able to wear them.
Of the pairs above the only one that I would even consider wearing to a conservative office, even on casual Friday, would be the second pair from Zara. They have a covered toe and an ankle strap and a heel cover, so they are a bit more conservative. Zara also makes a similar sandal (no heel cover) in other colors. I’ve been commuting in the gold jelly shoe. I like them, but you need a gel insole or else they are hard on your feet after an hour or so.
Do you have a favorite summer sandal? And please, don’t say Reefs or Rainbows, I might suffer a stroke.