Are you acquainted with the dangerously high, strappy stiletto yet? You must have seen her around. She’s uber skinny and about four-inches tall. Full disclosure: we’re frenemies. She’s the classic intimidatingly beautiful friend who accompanies you to parties and makes you feel sexier by association, but then steals the show. A few minutes in, she starts nagging you, demanding attention, and insisting that it’s time to leave. You think, We got all dressed up for this shit and NOW YOU CALL IT QUITS? You are only on your second drink and realize alcohol and stilettos don’t mix. She has prematurely reached the wobbly stage of the night and may faceplant at any moment. You think you’ve learned your lesson and vow to only hang out with your reliable BFF the low block heel, but always find yourself taking stiletto back again. Sigh…
Let me introduce you to my new best friend, the low block-heel sandal. She loves to take long walks in the park, window shop for hours at a time, flirt at happy hour, and go dancing at da club, but is still all business at the office. Although she only stands about two-inches tall, she always compliments my clothes, is reliable in a jam, and supports my every adventure! This summer, we will spend every waking hour together. Click to find your new best friend…
Lace-up stilettos are a hot trend this spring. These Aquazzura sandals are a playful mix of snakeskin, cut outs, and lace-up details — at a decidedly not fuckin’ around price. Luckily we found an affordable version of this sexy trend by Report for 70 percent less at DSW. Holla!
If you are flirting with the idea of mules this spring, consider a black and white, color-blocked pair as a great way to modernize this ’90s trend. These Fendi patent leather mules are exquisite and the color and texture contrasts create a clean, mod-meets-futuristic look. Unfortunately, I am unwilling to spend $850 on any shoe, let alone something that may be a passing trend! I think I’ll try Charles David’s version for $79.95 at DSW instead.
When I look out the window right now, I see snow blanketing New York City, further sign that Punxsutawney Phil wasn’t joking when he saw his shadow and predicted four more months of winter. And while I am longing for the warmer temperatures of spring, one thing is giving me pause. The fact that, according to every fashion magazine I’ve picked up in the last month, hideous, chunky, clunky, sporty sandals, seemingly inspired by what I consider to be the ugliest footwear ever imagined, Tevas (yes, more so than Birkenstocks OR Uggs!), are apparently all the rage for spring. Seriously, there’s a whole spread of them in the new issue of Lucky. And all of these shoes above, currently available at your favorite stupidly pricey e-boutique, are priced at $500-$800. I SWEAR. All together now … DO! NOT! WANT!
Ladies, step away from the flip flops. As comfy as they may be around the house or in the dorm/gym shower (please, you’re not going in there barefoot, are you?), flip flops aren’t appropriate in, like, 99 percent of office environments. You might think if you put a massive foam platform on it or something, it’s okay, but no. Also, those foam platform flip flops gross me out in the same way espadrilles do.
So what is appropriate? First, check if your workplace has any kind of dress code. Here at The Frisky, the general rule is, “go ahead, wear some clothes, and maybe some shoes — though you really don’t necessarily need to even keep them on all day.” Yeah, we’re gross. But most places, not so much. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to make sure more of your foot is covered than uncovered — especially if you work in any kind of public-facing job (aka retail). Nobody needs to see your shrimp cocktail toes.
Above, 10 awesome, affordable pairs of summer sandals that we think would work in most offices (all under $100 bucks!).
Spring is upon us, and I don’t know about you, but my sandals from last year have definitely seen better days. I’m on the hunt for a new pair of bright wedges to pair with my cutoffs and summer dresses. Care to join me? Whether you prefer a low wedge or a towering espadrille, click through to check out seven spring-y pairs in a rainbow of colors!
I came across these Sofft sandals while rounding up links for the comfortable heel guide, and I was instantly smitten by their ridiculously bright pink straps and 70s-style wood platform. I want to wear them with my favorite black jersey dress and big vintage sunglasses to wander around the farmer’s market and feel really chic and stylish until I step in a puddle of melted snow cone and immediately regret wearing my favorite shoes outside of the house. At $100, they’re about twice as much as I usually spend on shoes, but I might have to make an exception (or engage in some shameless birthday begging). [$105.95, Sofft]
I am known for being cool, calm and collected under duress. But that all goes out the window when duress involves a spider. Especially a big spiders. Growing up, sometimes you’d open a closet and there’d be a big one with long hairy legs staring right back at you. So I have to say these otherwise-cute, blue, vegan sandals bedecked in a faux-jeweled spider fall firmly in the “Do Not Want” camp. I don’t think I could handle it if I looked down and saw two big spiders on the tops of my feet. [ModCloth]
Basic $5 flip-flops are definitely a summer necessity, but sometimes you want a thong sandal with a little more oomph. Whether you prefer your “oomph” in the bright color, fabric flower, beads, rhinestones, or fringe variety, we’ve got you covered. Click through to check out 10 of our favorite not-so-average flip-flops!