Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Anatomy of the Summer Shoe

When it comes to my summer wardrobe it can be summed up with one word: lazy. Everything has to  be easy, breezy, stretchy, and simple. No exceptions. I'll get into my actual summer wardrobe another time, but today I wanted to talk to you about shoes. When it comes to shoes period, I'm more of a cheap neutralist. I work my shoes hard and prefer to replace a little more often rather than drop huge money bombs. There are a few exceptions to every rule of course, but don't tell my j.rue that. Just kidding, he knows. Kind of. I  like my shoes to be along the lines of nude, black, navy or white. Boring, I know. Red is a good color essential as well. I have made a few exceptions to this rule. I'm already thinking I'll regret it. More on that in a second.

Of course the first summer shoe essential is the sandal, not to be confused with the flip flop. Here are a few of my top picks:


Okay now, can you picture one outfit that you will wear this summer that could not be paired with one of these options? That's what I thought. These all meet the criteria of lazy summer styles except they're not too stretchy, but I'm thinking that's a good thing. The only sandal that's on the pricier side is the one in the middle for $40. The only reason why I would ever dream of spending that much on a sandal is because I've heard that Salt waters really last {please imagine the Sandlot} FOR EV ER.

The second most important shoe is a slip on tennis-like shoe, you know, when sandals just won't cut it. Lately, I've been lusting over these adorable Bensimons:


But then I remember that lusting is a bad thing, and I found Bensimon's twin over at Old Navy for $15. I'm so righteous. Again these shoes meet all lazy summer criteria.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Old Navy lately? They've stepped it up big time, and have come so far since their screen print t-shirts of dogs of surf boards. I know that I'm the only one who had one of those.

Lastly, the nude flat. Goes with anything and everything and makes you look just a little more polished. My fine friends, please don't spend a lot of $$ on these. It's so easy to find a handsome looking pair of nude ballets for under $20. Like this one for example {bonus: it's named after me -- I was delighted when they asked}:


So, that's it folks! The anatomy of a summer shoe. Easy, right? Oh and if you're wondering about my maybe mistakes:

Don't get me wrong they make my stomach flutter every time they look at me, but they are bright -- and were expensive. Almost to the point where I feel like I should be wearing them everyday for the next year 6 years. Oh well, you win some, you loose some.



  1. toms: always a yes for me! Just bought a pair this weekend.

    And I actually shouldn't be admitting this, but I bought almost an identical pair to that fist brown sandal this weekend too.

    it's safe to say I have a shoe addiction! xo

  2. I'm totally the same way. I prefer versatile pieces to expensive ones that are out quickly. Those Old Navy Bensimon lookalikes are super cute!!