What a beautiful weekend here in DC! Â I spent the day outside on Saturday, dear readers, and it was quite warm. Â I was working an event and thus dressed none too fancy: t-shirts, sporty capris, and tennis shoes. Â All I could think about, however, was how great it would be to throw on a sundress and sandals to catch the faint breeze. Â You can never have too many sandals for summer, and I’ve picked out a few that are both stylish and practical. Â Who wants to wear heels to the backyard barbecue? Â Take a look and share some of your favorites, too!
At the high end of the spectrum are the ankle-buckle sandals from Maison Martin Margiela, available online and in-store from Hu’s for $420. Â Tan suede is an easy neutral that goes with just about anything, and the brass hardware detail is a nice touch at the ankle.
The shoe features a sturdy, flat sole that will make walking the National Mall all day a piece of cake. Â It’s a simple, almost artisanal style that will outlast the most trendiest of trends. Â You’ll come back to this pair year after year.
Ahhh, FitFlops. Â I initially resisted their ergonomic charms, but once I saw the FROU Electric Indigo sandal in a magazine, I have to admit I became a convert. Â In general, I loathe and despise flip flops. Â They offer no support, overly expose your feet to the yucky sidewalks, and generally are flattering on exactly no one.
These, though, are actually pretty cute, with flattering flounces and a sole that elevates you from the dirty city streets. Â My only concern now is that these retail for nearly $100! Â Hmm…guess I’ll continue to be FitFlop-less for a while at least.
For a little pattern on your feet, look no further than the Mateos D’Orsay Ankle Strap Flats by Lela Rose for Payless. Â They’re a little bit south-of-the-border, vaguely European, and entirely stylish and comfy looking. Â The leather detail give them a bit of an edge, and the deep peep-toe cutout shows off a pedicure to full effect.
I’ve generally been pleased with the “designer” shoes I’ve purchased as Payless, and even though they have a higher price point than the rest of the store – this pair is $50 – they’re worth the money and far less expensive than their actual designer counterparts (we’re talkin’ $600 tank tops here, people). Â These will go great with a denim dress or crisp white linen.
Available in a variety of colors – that’s pewter at left – these “leatherette” sandals feature a rubber sole and adjustable strap. Â I like that they don’t have anything between the toes, which sometimes rubs me the wrong way (literally) after hours of walking. Â I’d buy up these in every color and hit the streets in style.