Sandals, Slides + Espadrilles: Slip into Summer

Summer sandals | Straw hat canvas tote wide leg high waist pants | Girlfriend is Better
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Pedis out! If you’re not opting to go barefoot this Summer, give one of our favorite sandals, slides, or espadrilles a run for their money. Bright colors, block heels, and wide straps are keeping feet comfortable and pretty.  This summer girls are leaning towards a lower profile, choosing flats over wedges.  Take a look at our favorite finds and add a pair to your vacation bag.

Rope espadrilles sandals | Girlfriend is Better
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Sandals or Mules?

First things first.  Head over to our article on monochromatic minimal outfits that require this type of footwear.  Summer is asking for loose, flowing clothes and walk-able sandals or slides.  For work especially, we love trendy mules that add a little bit of menswear to a look.  Freda Salvador carries an excellent selection of mules; our favorites are the black calf Lay Mules currently on sale.  They have a one-inch stacked heel and are handmade in Spain, so the quality is there for a fraction of the cost.  Mules are better for most workplaces that require a closed toe.  Pair with a fun straw bag and low-key accessories to keep the styling light and fresh!

Summer slides | All white minimal outfit straw bag pom poms | Girlfriend is Better
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Keep it Neutral

For informal parties and casual dates, open toes are always terrific.  Huraches or anything with a wide weave is most comfortable.  Pair an all white outfit with sandals in neutral tones and then brighten up your accessories!  Madewell carries a very cute Donovan Sandal with crisscross straps and handmade detailing. We also like their Lucy Sandal for it’s woven leather straps and handmade block heel.  So choose your tallness! Keeping your footwear in neutral tones can work two angles.  They can keep the look simple and effortless or lengthen your legs.  Either way, you’re winning.

Saint Laurent tan leather sandals | All white dress yellow handbag purse | Girlfriend is Better
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Easy Espadrilles

If you’re heading out for window shopping, or are packing for travel – a cute, walking shoe is a must.  Espadrilles are better than most sandals because they provide comfort and breathability.  Mule espadrilles or simple smoking slippers are super packable and look perfect with cropped wide leg pants.  Remember to tie a scarf or bandana to your bag or add one to a ponytail.  It will pretty up your look instantly without just 2 seconds of effort.

Tan espadrille sandals | Straw bag head scarf orange wide leg cropped pants | Girlfriend is Better
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Dressing Up Denim

A great way to spice up simple denim is with a hot splash of color.  Paint the town red in strappy sandals with a low kitten heel.  If you like them strappy, you’ll love the slip on woven sandal from Urban.  The sturdy block heel and square toe give them a straight-from-the-90’s charm.  And that red! Free People also carries a pretty Marigold Block Heel in neutrals for you shy types. The open toe shoes in suede are delectably soft and totally comfy, too.  Perfect sandal to match a fresh pedicure.  AKA Drop dead gorgeous.

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Woven Mules

Whether you’re a fan of straw purses or this year’s see-through purse trend, mules are the perfect partners.   Woven mules are the versatile sandals that go from day to night in 60 seconds flat!  They work with you to stay cool on hot summer days and can transition with you into Fall.  We love combining a woven mule in pink from Lisa Says Gah or in a variety of neutrals from Free People.  This shoe is a must-have if you’re only buying one shoe update for your wardrobe this season.

Pink woven mule sandals slides | Straw bag | Girlfriend is Better
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Tassels + Fringe

Another way to spice up a neutral is to add a little extra detail.  Sandals with a natural weave look super cute with fringe on the toe or tassels on the ties.  Espadrilles especially rock these types of details without looking like too much fuss.  Madewell’s Raffia Mules are super lightweight and have a flat pom pom details, so it’s super low key.  Otherwise, espadrilles with ankle ties like these Greek-style Kobi Espadrilles or these Platform Gladiator Sandals make more of a statement.  You can dress up a denim mini with a quick wrap and tie!

Fringe espadrille sandals with ankle strap | Denim mini skirt straw purse | Girlfriend is Better
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Comfort #1

This is the 21st century.  No girl should be sacrificing comfort for fashion.  Our favorite sandals, slides, and espadrilles are chosen for their ability to walk great distances with you.  So keep those toes in premium condition and let your feet have some time in the spotlight!

3 thoughts on “Sandals, Slides + Espadrilles: Slip into Summer

  1. Hated the blue toenails… stick to red, the eternally hottest color (think… would Marilyn ever be caught with blue toenails?)

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