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THE PERFECT SANDALS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE MID-SUMMER HEAT WAVE-FROM GLADIATOR STYLES BY TARA SUBKOFF FOR EASY SPIRIT TO TWEETY HAVAIANAS, FASHIONTRIBES RUNS THE GAMUT, AND HAS YOUR BASES COVERED-PODCAST
When the heat gets blistering, the idea of cramming my foot into a leather shoe becomes intolerable. As the mercury rises, I like instead to find an arsenal of easy-to-slip-into sandals to go about my daily business. If I were to trot around in flip-flops all the time, I would definitely feel dumpy and give up. Luckily,this is certainly the summer of the sandal. From gladiator style gliders with straps and buckles galore, to elegant t-straps with charms a-dangling, there is a sandal option for everyone. Feeling a little multiple personality disorder? Get a few styles-you can make almost any sandal compliment your look. With so little material, a cool little number is often open to interpretation.
BLOGETTE'S LIST-O-MANIA: My Favorite Summer Sandals
Easy Spirit ARALYN-$170.00 Feeling like a gladiator? These perfectly compliment short shorts and mini skirts. Tara Subkoff of Imitation of Christ fame did a capsule collection for easy spirit, and all of the shoes are adorable. These are my favorites, because they have the most structure.
Stephen Bonnano EMMA CLASSIC MONOGRAM-$120.00 Perfectly Preppy. Growing up in New England, and summering near the beach, these sandals bring me right back home. The monogram adds that special touch. These are totally ideal for throwing on with jeans or a little dress.
Heidi Klum for Birkenstock GOLD LEATHER EXQUISIT-$330.00 Spicy for Birkenstocks to say the least. The studs and gold leather leave the myth of Birkis only being for hippies in the dust. Heidi Klum has a whole host of crazy sandals for the company.
Miss Trish of Capri FLAT SEAHORSE SANDAL-$320.00 From Vivre, fashiontribes favorite luxe mag. Miss Trish is definitely having a moment. Her sea-themed adornment has a definite place amongst the beaches of her namesake Isle-Capri. I like the simplicity and European Flair.
Jolly Knocker JESUS SANDAL-$69.00 A take on the gladiator, for sure. These leather sandals are really adorable and extremely simple. They have a definite panache with a flowy skirt. Because of their lack of bells and whistles, they can definitely go with almost anything.
London Sole GINGHAM LOWCUT-$155.00 If sandals don't cut it for your office, try another simple summer look-Ballet Flats. London Sole is the name in pretty ballet shoes-they have every pattern you can dream of-think metallics, splatter paints, ginghams and more. Definitely the way to go over dowdy canvas skimmers.
Vanessa Bruno for LaRedoute WEDGE SANDALS-$69.99 Addicted to height? These metallic leather beauties are all summer breeze without the flat sole. The height is definitely comfortable enough to trot around, while the strappy design prevents foot sweat. All for a super reasonable price-considering they are designed by Vanessa Bruno.
Ali's Boutique BUFFALO SANDALS-$15.00 My mom gave me apair of these from her hippy-dippy days. I love their ease. You can slide right in whenever you want, and now you can find them in a host of colors and metallics. Definitely a sandal for the ages.
Brand X HUARACHE PACHUCO-$69.95 Huaraches are very good for a summer with hippie bent, as this one has. This company features them in every color possible. I love the simplicity of a native sandal-you can find them almost everywhere, with a variety of different soles. My vote is for the thin sole version of this shoe.
Gap METALLIC STRAPPY SANDALS-$24.50 Gap has been on pointe-exactly. Everything they have turned out has definitely been a covet-able item. These feel like Dr. Scholls, but have a bit more sass. In true Gap style, they offer just about every variety of color in the metallic family.
Havaianas TWEETY BEACH SANDALS-$18.00 Havaianas are THE best flip flop for your buck. These, which are from the tweety bird natural blonde collection, are super-adorable. The textured surface makes them skid free come rain, and the fact that they are so light make them an easy carry in your purse.
Prada MULTICOLOR BEADED SANDAL-$575.00 Proof that sandals are everywhere-this is PRE-FALL! Prada always has such lovely detailing- I love the beading. Because the style is so simple, they can work dressed down. The beaded accent gives them the ability to kick it late into the night as well.
Gurkee ROPE NEPTUNE-$22.95 Although these are a tad bit bizarre, I love the idea of a shoe composed entirely of rope. They certainly look comfy. Since everything nautical is considered fashion forward, why not try a sandal with some sea-legs.
Marni PEEP TOE WOODEN HEEL SANDAL-$456.00 Even though these almost cover the entire foot, the peep toe and wood sole scream summer fling. If you can't live without some extra height, these are your babies. The natural color palette is tres chic, and the sole adds enough height to make you happy.
Moschino FRUIT EMBELLISHED FLAT SANDAL-$355.00 My personal pick. The extreme simplicity of a t-strap sandal is, ahem, PUNCHED up with a gaggle of fruity charms. I think this style of sandal flatters almost everyone. Fruit is the motif du jour, and this is a fabulous way to work it into your wardrobe.
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