Five Summer Shoes That Don’t Flop
By Kelly Mosser
What’s more annoying than shoes that slip off and make noises with every step? If you’re looking to trade in those flip-flops you’ve had for years this summer for a more sophisticated shoe, look no further. Sure, flops are easy to slip on before running out the door, but there are plenty of alternative options that can help pull together an outfit in a more effective and mature way.
If you’re all about the no-fuss nature of a classic pair of thongs, consider slipping into a pair of Jack Rogers sandals this summer. This shoe offers a casual feel similar to that of a flip-flop, and is a durable piece well worth the approximate $100 investment. Sold in a variety of colors and metallic sheens, these shoes pair perfectly with a breezy maxi dress or a pair of light-wash jeans. They’re incredibly versatile, and even appropriate for work.
To amp up that party dress for an outdoor get-together, a great pair of wedges will give your legs a streamlined look and give your outfit a sexy kick, without sacrificing elegance. Steve Madden offers designer looks for as low as $29.95. Choose a platform for extra height, or an espadrille accent for a vibe that’s unmistakably beach-y. Steve Madden’s styles come in the juiciest colors for summer, and are a staple for a balmy evening out.
For a classy, preppy outfit this season, there’s no better accessory than a boat shoe. Summer is the perfect time to try a nautical trend, and Sperry Topsiders complete the look. Not only are these shoes chic and adorable, they’re also totally comfortable. They’re perfect for gals on the go, and can be dressed up for a graduation party or worn with a casual outfit for an afternoon on the porch. They sell for around $80, but can be worn throughout the fall, making them a smart buy.
Also hot right now are gladiator and T-strap sandals, which provide marginal bulk and ample flair. By drawing the eye downward, these shoes give clothes a complete look. Add mini-studs or beading for an even more interesting accessory that’s sure to turn heads. Aldo’s sandal section offers killer options that can be worn with virtually any summer ensemble.
Don’t chain yourself to the shoe of your pre-teen years. It’s time to toss the flops and step out in a more refined shoe. Your outfits should speak for themselves without the assistance of that infamous click-clacking sound.