Six summer shoe styles to help re-energize your wardrobe
by Jessica sedgwick firstname.lastname@example.org April 25, 2012 6:38PM
From left: Hanako flats in Orange, $118; Hanako flats in Multi, $118; Microflora mary janes in Blue Motif, $148; Floriculture wedges, $148; Microflora mary janes in Multi, $148; Hanako flats in Blue Motif, $118.
Updated: May 28, 2012 8:09AM
Sparkle. Prints. Color-blocking. And — dare I say — comfort. These are the biggest themes you’ll see popping up in fabulous footwear collections this summer — all a welcome change after a long season of boots, boots and more boots. Just one little tip: “Please give yourself a pedicure, and that goes for males as well as females,” says Barbara Glass, an image and wardrobe consultant in Chicago. “Get those toenails clipped!” Here are the six hottest looks in summer footwear:
Add a little sparkle, in either a heel or a flat. “Wear them with your colored jeans, shorts or mid-length dresses this summer,” says Glass. “We thought of it just for evening, now it’s appropriate for day as well.” Tip: “Don’t do jewels on your clothing or accessories — just wear one trend at a time.”
Try these: Pallivily pumps from GUESS, $99 at Macy’s.
2. Cork, wooden or espadrille wedge
The wedge heel — so much more comfortable then the evil stiletto — is rejuvenated this season with a shiny wooden heel (for a more sophisticated look) or a cork or espadrille heel (for a more casual style).
Try these: ALICE + OLIVIA Neena slingback platforms, $325 at Nordstrom.
3. Metallic toes
This one’s for the heel-haters out there. Many women shun the heel, either due to pain or a fear of being taller, and this trend works perfectly for flats (though it’s offered in a heel as well). The metallic toe is also popular among celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristen Stewart.
Try these: Whiskerlo flats by Stuart Weitzman, $350 at Nordstrom.
“I like the fact that, from the practical side, they don’t get dirty as fast as a neutral color.” says Glass. “It makes you smile when you put them on, gives you happy feet.” Tip: “I certainly wouldn’t wear other prints with it. Mix with a neutral such as a black, khaki or white — or a solid color that’s on the shoe.”
Try these: No one’s doing printed footwear like Anthropologie. From left: Hanako flats in Orange, $118; Hanako flats in Multi, $118; Microflora mary janes in Blue Motif, $148; Floriculture wedges, $148; Microflora mary janes in Multi, $148; Hanako flats in Blue Motif, $118.
5. Neon soles
A little bit of neon goes a long way.
Try these: The must-have shoe of the season is arguably the Chloe by Alexander Wang, $525 at Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. Celebrities such as Rhianna and Julianne Moore have made big statements
in this shoe.
6. Color blocking
Often three colors in one shoe, the color-blocked style allows us to add color to our ensemble without thinking too much about it. Throw these on with a solid-colored dress for an uncomplicated-yet-vibrant style.
Try these: The Darcy by Loeffler Randall, $395 at Piperlime.com (one of Rachel Bilsons’s picks on the site).