The Six Best: Shoes for Summer

Jun 5, 2023

Do you need to freshen up your shoe selection for summer?  A new pair of kicks can lift a tried-and-true outfit or pull together a new look.  Here are six pairs to get you started.

Espadrille Wedges // Born in Spain, the Espadrille might be the only summer shoe you need.  At least, Vogue seems to think so.  You can wear them under a gown for a formal wedding or with a flirty sundress for brunch.  They also lift a simple pair of shorts.

This lace-up pair from Castaner give you the classic ribbon style.  If you prefer a buckle strap, Castaner also has you covered.  Both pairs come in a selection of colors.  Prefer a flat?  These Amazon flats give you the classic look in a flat with a zipper back to hold them on.

Bright Drivers // I showed these Rothy’s last week in a chic, subtle aqua, but they’re also phenomenal in this Dragon Fruit color.  This hint of brightness looks great with denim, chinos or simple shorts.  I wear mine with t-shirt dresses and sundresses to walk through a farmer’s market in comfort.  Prefer leather?  This pair is the perfect fit; I love the grosgrain ribbon detail.

Strappy Sandals // If I could only choose one pair of shoes for summer, it would be a pair of strappy, flat sandals.  This pair from Kaanas has an unexpected look that’s modern and stylish.  This pair from Tkees has a very simple, easy to wear look.  I also love this toe-ring pair from Reformation.

Simple Slingbacks // These Stuart Weitzman Mary Jane slingbacks are the stuff of dreams.  I adore them.  The pointed toe would look perfect with a pair of trousers.  The sleek, strappy design would look incredible with a sheath dress.  They’re amazing.

Sadly, this Mary Jane style isn’t available in a lower price point, but plenty of stylish slingbacks are.  I adore these low-heel slingback from Cole Haan (I bet they’re comfortable too).  Ann Taylor also has a great pointed toe pair.

White Sneakers // A stylish white sneaker is now a summer staple.  This pair from Gola is sleek and sporty.  These Nike Court Sneakers are a pure classic.  Kate Spade makes a low sneaker with a bit of a gold accent.  Prefer something sportier, not leather?  Hear me out, New Balances. Need a wide option?  These Naturalizers come in a wider width.

Metallic Sandals // If your summer is full of fun events–weddings, parties, etc.–then you need a versatile shoe for special occasions.  I’ve featured this Christen block sandal with a knot front before because its classic with modern touches.  These bow-front sandals are a dupe for the popular Loeffler Randal sandal.  Need something simpler?  I own these block heel Sam Edelman’s and I’ve worn them for years.

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