In the winter, putting an outfit together usually requires spending more than a few minutes to pick out the pair of shoes that will go with your layers, and also protect your toes from the weather. In the summer, however, things are a lot simpler. More often than not, a simple pair of slides is enough to strut around with while shopping or on the beach.
That said, there is more to the summer than letting your feet and ankles loose. If looking stylish is also on your agenda this season, these exciting shoe trends will surely spice up your wardrobe.
The backless shoe became a trend last year when high-fashion brands and mainstream designers added their creative touches to the 90s style. Although many thought it was just a blip on the sartorial radar, the mule has so far given rise to dozens of iterations that are taking the market by storm. From flats to chunky-heeled, double straps and even closed-toes, it seems like the trend is indeed here to stay.
Classic mule styles like Block Heels and Volatile Finesses will go perfectly with your favorite matching cropped pants, while flats will pair perfectly with dresses and midi-skirts.
Sandals will always be a hit in the summer, thanks to tried-and-true favorites like gladiators and two-straps. This season, however, new sandal trends are as plentiful as ever.
The current market has styles for all your warm-weather fashion choices. You can choose to go with PCV, raffia and even glitter sandals to add some texture to your summer wardrobe, or block-heeled sandals and square soles for an interesting, dramatic effect. Then there’s the fusion of details like floral embroidery and bold prints with lace-up flats, which seemingly works with everything. And if you know you’ll be on your feet a lot, don’t forget to add a pair of comfortable athletic sandals to your shopping list.
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- Summer Sneakers
Nothing works better for the sunny outdoors than a pair of light, comfortable, breathable sneakers. If you’re not a sandal person or just haven’t booked a pedicure appointment yet, go ahead and try on some of the new sneaker styles this season, such as the comfy all-white Cloudfoam Lite, Ultraboost Clima and Samba Sock Primeknits from Adidas, the bold Air Woven Nike slip-on, and the colorful Vans Vault x suedes. If you’re a devoted Converse fan, you can push your sense of style this year with this year’s daring J.W Anderson collection.
- Canvas Espadrilles
Sneakers and sandals may have become the norm in the summer, but espadrilles are the go-to footwear for shoppers that want bits of both worlds. A stylish canvas pair will go well with your casual summer dress, crop pants or shorts. Men’s designs will also look and feel great, with or without socks.
Classic white and off-white colors are great, but they stain far too quickly. A pair of grey or royal blue canvas shoes is, therefore, a better choice for your casual walks in the park or quick commutes to the grocery store. You probably won’t expect it, but the simplicity and comfort of canvas espadrilles will be enough to make them your favorite every-day shoes this summer.
Breathability and comfort may be the most important factors to consider when buying warm-weather footwear, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for flip-flops. Look out for the styles above the next time you’re out shopping for new summer shoes.