Strutting into Summer
Sandal season’s officially here, and the doors are open to a new world of wardrobe choices — especially for your feet. Forget gray-toned, practical, closed-toe numbers meant to protect our tootsies from the elements. This is a season to celebrate stepping outdoors — with brighter-than-bright brights, gutsy styles and playful patterns. Consider these as you step into summer:
- At the beach: Walking on sand doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for too-tall heels, but that doesn’t mean sacrificing drama. To me, sunny days always call for white-hot flip-flops. I love the current designs such as Kenneth Cole Reaction’s jewel-embellished thongs in an oh-so-cool, boho-chic sleek upper.
- Office-friendly: Sturdy and professional is the way to go here. The sleek fit of Femblu’s platform sandals is just that: Easy to wear (the thick toe strap keeps things comfy), but the three-plus-inch wooden block heel still gives height. They do justice to nearly any outfit (especially in either cognac or black), from a light summer suit to a tailored floral A-line dress. Bonus: They’ll set you about $100.
- Daytime pool shindig: Don’t let the less formal daytime vibe cramp your style. Some sandals are nothing less than perfect for both height and casual cool. Just one example: Sam Edelman’s black Turner platform wedge espadrilles. At five inches plus a one-and-a-half-inch platform, they hover above pretty much everyone else, yet still stay neutral (literally) in demure, braided jute and crisscrossing wrap laces.
- Evening rooftop party: Here’s the place to pull out all the stops. And one of my absolute favorite shoe designers for outstanding, breathtaking creations is Jerome Rousseau — and celebs like Jessica Biel, Rebecca Romijn and Scarlett Johansson are fans, too. I’m over the moon about styles like his scrappy mules, chunky leather sandals, and metallic leather heels that turn any girl into a red-carpet-ready goddess.