This is the first of many sandal roundups I’ll be doing this season, because although I don’t wear sandals, they are popular with my clients and our forum members. Here’s an assortment of casual and dressy styles across a variety of heel heights.
- Charles David Bailey Pointy Toe Flat: Technically not a sandal because of the closed toe, but still pretty open and breezy. Delicious with the trendy ankle strap. It works well on higher volume feet — as most sandals do — and is buttery soft and quite elegant. The small heel is more supportive than a completely flat heel. I found that the top edge of the vamp cut into my foot, but that’s because the toe box was too wide. It’s working well on a few of my clients.
- Vince Camuto Marleen Sandal: Dressy and ladylike. Best on high volume feet with shorter toes. Read the rave reviews. Also available in metallic.
- Fly London Yala Sandal: A fashion forward, chunky flatform that is buttery soft and extremely comfortable. More rave reviews.
- Pedro Garcia Vania Flat Sandal: Also very comfy and super soft. Great with a pair of black ankle pants.
- Earth Petal Wedge Sandal: A wedge sandal with arch support. Lovely soft colours and nice laser cut-out detailing.
- Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Leather Sandal: An on trend comfort shoe that needs no introduction. It’s fun in sci-fi metallics, although I personally prefer the look in a graphic black or white patent.
- Eric Michael Cody: If the Arizona Birkenstock is a touch flat, try a similar look with a wedge heel. Good for high volume feet and very comfortable.
- Sam Edelman Trina: A repeat style that’s still a goodie. Read the rave reviews.
- Vince Camuto Eliana Bootie: Another repeat style that is still going strong because it’s a very comfy on trend cage sandal despite a three inch heel. It’s an excellent mixture of casual and dressy and can be worn with just about anything these days. It’s also pretty covered, which makes it work in most office settings. Surprisingly, the style works well for both low and high volume feet. Here’s a similar style knock-off from DSW. I haven’t tried this one, so I can’t comment on its comfort level compared to the Eliana. But it might be worth a try.
- Vince Camuto Effel Sandal: Another version with rave reviews. Personally, I found the Eliana more comfortable.
- Jeffrey Campbell Deetz Flats: A strappy sandal with a hard edge and lots of buckles. Great heel height and pointy toe. I like this look with black ankle pants.
- Børn Yana Toe Sandal: A cushioning toe sandal that’s great on high volume feet. A super easy casual slip-on-and-go. I like this sandal with skinnies. Also available in lighter colours.
- Lemare Leather Cuff Bootie: A modern sandal that I haven’t seen in person but looks stunning if you can manage the heel height.
Two great pairs of booties I tried on recently:
- Nine West Waterloo: A fun cut-out bootie in a light colour. It’s cushioning, soft and comfortable. Still too chunky for my own style preferences and low volume feet, but it might suit you to a tee.
- Matisse Coconuts Future: A very strappy Summer bootie that’s like the new gladiator. I found the Nine West Waterloo Bootie more comfortable, but I do have very fussy feet.
Who’s enjoying stepping into sandals?