Winter may be all about knee-high leather boots with crisscrossing straps and decorative zippers, but summertime is dedicated to warm-weather footwear that is breathable and practical while simultaneously delivering feminine style. From boat shoes to flip-flops to sandals of every sort, there are lots of exciting new fashions to choose from this year. Whether you’re headed for the water or the high country, our style guide will allow you to put your best foot forward.
Boat shoes originated in 1935 and have been a staple of the sailing lifestyle ever since. Created in Massachusetts by Sperry Top-Sider, the aesthetic of today’s shoe do not dramatically vary from the original look, though the choice in colors is now more wide spanning. Additionally, buyers will have multiple materials to choose from including leather, suede and canvas. While this classic design can look chic androgynous, those individuals who prefer a more “girly” feel will love the animal print versions crafted by Icon Shoes.
In the world of summertime shoes, sandals are probably the most versatile of all footwear. They come in heels, flats and wedges, yet are constructed with soles made from everything from cork to plastic. While they can be dressy enough for a night on the town or relaxed enough for a beachside stroll, be aware that many work environments strictly forbid open-toe footwear. Regardless of the environment in which you’ll donning sandals, make sure they feature proper the foot support you won’t find in most five-dollar flip flops. We love the cute heels and wedges manufactured by Clarks, as well as the more sporty alternatives by Vionic with Orthaheel Technology. Women of the world can rejoice this year, as thin stilettos are “out,” making way for beautified flats, platforms and chunkier heels.
Originally worn by Basque peasants in the Pyrenees Mountains, these light, flat shoes with their flexible sole are marked by their elevated level of comfort. They’re cool, comfy and easy to care for, whether you choose canvas or suede. Browse brands like Spring Step Shoes for plenty of fun options; the kinds of uppers available include horizontal bands, laser cutouts, floral embellishments and more.
When you think of hiking boots, you may imagine a set of tough, leather clad, tractor-tire-soled tanks for your feet. And that may, indeed, be what you’re looking for. But, today’s hiking boot can be as comfortable as it is protective for the hiker’s foot, but without the hot, heavy work of wearing them. Many designs are crafted with lighter textiles like mesh to encourage the flow of cooling air to your feet, as well as antibacterial insoles that prevent the buildup of odor. As you shop, keep in mind the temperature, elements, and terrain you’ll be hiking across to choose a hiking boot that will support and comfort your feet.
Last but not least are lovely ballet flats. To stay on point with top trends of summer, consider purchasing this style in either a light pastel or a zingy neon hue. Alternatively, for a nighttime outfit, consider metallic variations. These are just a few ways to add some zip to your wardrobe.
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