An outfit isn’t an outfit without the right shoes. The wrong pair can turn an otherwise show-stopping ensemble into something subpar, but there are no written rules — choosing is trial and error. Regardless, there are a few basic varieties of shoes that every woman should have in her closet for different reasons. Sure, they may be “safe” choices, but having a solid arsenal of standby kicks and knowing what to wear them with can make getting dressed in the morning that much easier.
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Oh my God, you guys. Breaking news. Alexander Wang is making Tevas. Excuse me, Teva-inspired shoes. I have just lost all faith in humanity. I get that when designers gets bored, they take the world’s ugliest things and make them expensive, but I have a hard time picturing anything but sweaty river-waders and/or the boys of my 5th grade class whose uniform was sweatpants and Tevas with white socks. [$395, Shopbop]
C’mon, Converse, you could not possibly be serious with this shoe. This sandal is a travesty. As an environmentalist, I am appalled. No one is going to buy this shoe and then every single pair you’ve produced is going to end up in a landfill somewhere. The phrase is “Earth first,” Converse, not “Hideous sandal/hightop hybrid first, Earth second.” Shame on you. [$40, Converse] Keep reading »
The sandal with ankle sheath (or boot-al as we like to call it, think bootie plus sandal) isn’t an all-new concept. We started seeing the boho-inspired, open-toe designs like these Topshop numbers in the spring, and have had some trouble transitioning with the kicks. You see, come summer, these types of shoes can become sweat farms, creating uncomfortable moisture in the ankle area. As for the fall, they might work out until the temps drop too low for exposed toes. (Unless, tights with these — you think?)
It’s kind of surprising that the gladiator sandal has remained trendy for going on three summers now. But, honestly, the look isn’t for everyone. Avon‘s Mod Fever Patent Sandal bridges the divide between strap-happy gladiators and simple thong sandals, a staple in most women’s closets. The circles add subtle flair and the tiny heel gives the right amount of height for elongating the leg while still being stroll-worthy. Plus, the patent leather-like material means a sudden downpour won’t ruin the shoes. Now that’s definitely a happy holiday!
When I lived at home, my mom made us — and our confused friends — wash our feet in the sink before entering the house proper during the summer. In sandal weather, she could often be heard admonishing us not to “drag our street feet into the house!” As a result, I’m flexible and balanced enough to stand on one leg while the other is in the sink and consider myself an expert at warding off what I like to call “hobo feet.” Click through for tips for keeping your feet smooth and pretty, even as summer sandal dirt threatens to make them filthy and dry.
We’re a bit confused after seeing these Love shoes on British Elle‘s list of favorite summer sandals. We’re all for being affectionate, but these sandals feel just a tad forced, don’t you think? We remain totally unconvinced that they deserve to be called awesome. In fact, we wouldn’t wear them if they were $60 instead of $600. What about you? Do you love or hate these Georgina Goodman Love sandals? [$600, Matches] Keep reading »
With the 19th World Cup tournament quickly approaching, soccer fans have South Africa and their favorite “football” teams on their mind. While a lucky few will travel down to see the monumental occasion in person, others will have to rely on daydreams to satisfy their cravings. So, Havaianas decided to embrace this huge sports moment with a 17-piece collection of limited-edition 2010 World Cup-inspired flip-flops. The flip-flops are available for sale on the Havaianas website for only $24. If you’re depressed that plane tickets and admission to the sporting event are out of your budget, here’s a cheap and easy way to show your support. They’d also make a great present for your soccer-loving boyfriend. [Brash] Keep reading »
Stop trying to make jellies happen. It seems like each spring, someone tries to bring back that childhood trend, and it just never gets off the ground, or makes you look like you’re 6 years old again, which is great for attracting pedophiles. Here’s a playful alternative that brings a bit of the jelly feeling—these bow sandals by Melissa are plastic-ly perfect and undeniably adorable. Is it just us … or do you kind of want to put these flip-flops in your mouth?
Everyone needs a perfect spring sandal. We’re talking about the type of shoe that’s basic and comfy enough to go with your usual outfits, but also has a little something extra for your fancier ones. That’s why we’re loving these Frances-Stud flats by Topshop. Pink leather, gold trim, and a braided design down the front make these cute kicks the type of noticeable item your friends will want the deets on. Our recommendation: “Ohhh … I got these in a little indie boutique somewhere, I forget where.” Otherwise, you’re going to have a case of copycats on your hands. (Or feet.)