Ask Belle: Sandals for Beginners
Mar 27, 2014
This will sound crazy, but I need your help with a weird problem: I’ve never owned a pair of sandals.
I suffer from a skin condition that made covering up a necessity, but as that has cleared, I’m trying to enjoy the fashion trends I missed when I was in my 20s. Can you suggest some cute sandals, both high heel and flat, in the $100 or less price range?
Can’t wait! Bryn
Sandals are a great choice for warmer months. I can’t wait to wear mine when the mercury goes up. And the best place to shop for new sandals, or any shoes really, is Nordstrom.
These four styles of sandal are some of my favorites, I’m especially partial to the wedges. They give you just a hint of lift, but are still casual. I prefer sliver wedges like these Nine West’s, since higher wedges can look a bit clunky. I also found these $20 sliver wedges from Charlotte Russe, and these colorblock Chinese Laundry sandals for $40.
On both the Sole Society sandals and the DV sandals, I like the mix of texture and color. It jazzes up a basic sandal. If you’d like to add a pop of bright color, I adore these Splendid sandals with a tan and punchy-coral mix.
When wearing a high-heel sandal, I like to find one with an ankle strap or straps that come up higher on my instep. I find that it makes them more stable and comfortable as the night wears on. The tiger-print sandal would look great with a colored cocktail dress at a wedding, while the Sole Society sandal could be worn both casually and semi-formally.
I also like these dainty, gold Steve Madden sandals with a very Kate Spade look to them. And these BCBG sandals have a very modern feel, and a neutral color palette. that could work with many outfits.
Lastly, if you’re having trouble breaking in your new sandals, I recommend wearing anti-chafe stick on your feet. It reduces blistering and chafing. Thus, you can wear your shoes longer and more comfortably to speed up the process of molding them to your feet.