Summer Kicks

By Callie Martin

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The feeling of cool, green grass or fine, warm sand between your toes – ah, summer weather offers a welcomed invitation to being barefoot after having your feet locked up in boots all winter, which is why many designers work to keep your toes out in the sunshine. Here are the summer shoes to watch for this season!

Two things to keep in mind: light colours and lightweight. Feet in the summertime are often out and about, keeping busy with families, jobs and planning beach parties or backyard barbecues. The last thing your toes need is to be stuffed at the end of a pointed toe, or wedged inside a knee-high boot that will cause so much sweat you’ll think you’re swimming.

For casual days, invest in a white or tan-coloured sandal (and not the flip-flop kind) that is both comfortable and cool. Many shoes will feature an “open-toe,” but if you’re self-conscious about the look of your little piggies, many others feature a “cut-out” toe, meaning small, geometric patterns have been strategically placed to allow air circulation during the hotter days. These shoes are perfect for staying fashionable during daily life, so do quite a few laps in them at the store to be sure you’re comfortable with the fit.

For those in the professional world, business doesn’t take a break in the summer months. For your daily workwear, keep your toes covered and opt for a light- or bright-coloured low-heel. As always, a neutral-coloured shoe will go great with everything you own, but a bold or bright summer colour (like red, orange, cyan or yellow) can really liven up an outfit. Kitten-heels are perfect for the workplace in the summertime, allowing the majority of your foot some breathing space, while keeping your look professional and workplace appropriate (plus, it’s the easiest way to channel Audrey Hepburn in your wardrobe).

When it comes to sharing time with your family and friends at the cottage or in the backyard, you want to be enjoying yourself and not thinking about your pinky toe slowly blistering thanks to some ill-fitted shoes. For these times, wear a flat sandal in a bold colour (if you feel daring) or a neutral (if you want more uses out of the shoe), but when it comes to the silhouette, it’s time for some fun. Many summer shoes incorporate texture, such as rope or lace, for a more elevated “casual” look, which is perfect for family time. Look for whatever draws you in: for some it may be an interesting cut-out, for others it will be an intriguing texture. This is where you can safely experiment with your summer style while focusing on what really matters in life – all while being the most fashionable guest at the barbecue.

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