The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a good one for footwear. There are lots of great boots, sneakers, sandals and loafers, and in a wider assortment of silhouettes and colours than what is typical for the NAS. There are lots of shoes in shades of olive and brown, and plenty of red if you browse thoroughly. Lug-soled shoes are popular and a trendy nod to ‘90s fashion. Generally, styles skewed casual and smart casual, which is in keeping with today’s relaxed dress codes and informal attire. I don’t usually buy footwear at the sale but unexpectedly came home with two pairs.

There are multiple colours of many styles so be sure to click the links and browse the options. Read the reviews for an alternative opinion to mine.

  • Hunter Original Play Speckled Platform Waterproof Rain Boot: A good-quality rain boot with unique details like the salt and pepper low wedge heel, and back tab. Comes in dark charcoal. Comfy, and fits a range of foot shapes. The tops do not cut into your shins. It would have been mine in navy or cream because rain boots are on my shopping list.
  • Steve Madden Finn Chain Pointed Toe Mule: These are not supportive, and rather flat, but quite soft and comfy nonetheless. A cute easy shoe to slip on and off if mules stay on your feet. Comes in many solids.
  • Paul Green Jano Lug Sole Bootie: As far as lug-soled boots go, these are on the less chunky side, and comfortable. The subtle wedge heel looks fresh. Casual, a little rugged, yet quite refined.
  • OluKai Ohana Flip Flop: These robust and comfortable flip-flops offer good support, and come in ten colours.
  • Aquatalia Dayana Water Resistant Stretch Bootie: A dressier navy weatherproof bootie is hard to find, and this one fits the bill. Good on lower volume feet, but sometimes doable on wider feet when sizing up half a size. Neat ankle fit with a versatile higher shaft that looks good with longer dresses and skirts, and cropped pants or jeans. Comes in three more neutrals.
  • FRAME Le Lexington Chelsea Boot: These are elegant on the foot, and dressy in a relaxed way. The pointier toe looks fab peeking out from flared hems. They look good with earthy toppers and are quite comfy. Available in black and white.
  • Stuart Weitzman City Buckle Bootie: These are roomier in the toe box than you think, especially when you size up half a size. The elastic back makes them extra comfy and soft on the shaft.
  • PIKOLINOS Vicar Combat Boot: Soft, comfy, roomy and rugged. Works well on wider feet, but you can adjust the laces to the desired width. Comes in three more neutrals.
  • AGL Miledy Flat: Soft and cushioning flats that I tried to make fit, but were a little too wide for my low-volume feet. The puffy texture is interesting. Pretty on the foot, and comes in black.
  • Sperry Saltwater Quilted Waterproof Rain Boot: A repeat style that works well every season. I bought a cream pair six years ago, and they are great. They run wide, but I've managed to make them fit with multiple insoles. Comes in four more colours of which one is a forest green.
  • 27 EDIT NATURALIZER 27 Edit Hellen Chain Loafer: Super cute sporty loafers that are very soft and cushioning. They work well on a wider foot, and look good with jeans and casual pants. Comes in black and white.
  • Vionic Amora Loafer: These are SUBLIME and earned a place in my wardrobe. They are supportive, soft, buttery, very comfortable, and warm. Love the fuzzy lining. The strategically placed elastic on the sides is clever because it makes the loafer stay on your foot. Good for narrow heels. And the side elastic does not cut into your heels like back elastic does. Chic on the foot. Well-made. Comes in black.
  • Cole Haan GrandPro Topspin Sneaker: Comfy, neat and very polished. Lovely quality. Lots of room for long toes. They were a little wide for me, so a no go. They are the type of fashion sneaker that looks good with dressier pants, jeans and suits. Comes in black and white.
  • Aquatalia Laila Water Resistant Bootie: A refined hiking boot vibe that is weatherproof. Best on a lower volume foot, although you can adjust the width a little with the laces. Neat tailored fit on the ankle. Comes in black.
  • Timberland Courmayeur Valley Chelsea Boot: Rugged yet tidy Chelsea boots with contrast burgundy elastic. Comfy, and good on wider feet. High insteps may battle a bit with the slip-on silhouette. Comes in cinnamon with contrast olive elastic.
  • VAGABOND SHOEMAKERS Marja Cap Toe Bootie: A repeat style bootie in a great classic silhouette that is very versatile. Dress them up or down. The pointy toe adds refinement. Size up for wider feet.
  • Sam Edelman Lex Boot: These are GREAT, and earned a place in my wardrobe. They are chunky in a refined way and super comfy. The long shaft makes them ideal to wear with midis, midaxis, and cropped pants. The tailored fit on my ankles and shaft is welcome too. Easy side zipper access. Comes in an interesting shade of olive, black, and toffee.
  • Franco Sarto Waxton Chelsea Boot: An on-trend '90s square toe with a great block heel. Comfy, and comes in rich neutrals.
  • Linea Paolo Kandis Wedge Sneaker: Wedge Sneaker Fabness, and another nod to the '90s. Lots of good reviews. You might need to go up half a size because they run short and narrow.
  • Cole Haan ZeroGrand Stitchlite Oxford Sneaker: An extremely comfy perforated oxford sneaker hybrid with a good bit of support. Very soft and cushioning. Can work well on wider feet. Comes in white with orange trim, and black with animal print trim.
  • Sam Edelman Poppy Sneaker: These are roomy and the silver is delicious. Good for high insteps and wider feet. Comes in three more neutrals and some pastels.
  • Blondo Sawyer Waterproof Bootie: These waterproof boots are quite polished and tidy. The cut-out adds a nice bit of detail. Not too wide on the ankle. Like most Blondo boots, they run short so not so great for long toes. They are suited to lower volume feet and come in three shades of brown.
  • La Canadienne Cara Waterproof Combat Boot: Haute hiking boot fabness. Puddle proof and fits an assortment of foot shapes. The olive suede is unique, and the lug sole on-trend. Comes in black.
  • Adidas Swift Run X Sneaker: Spongy, sporty, and with more than five hundred glowing reviews. Blush and white animal print is unique.
  • Paul Green Jackson Lug Sole Boot: Well-made, soft, and comfy. Fits a range of foot shapes. The contrast of the black laces and sole are visually striking. The dark red version is as striking. Comes in black and grey too.
  • Mephisto Lissandra Platform Wedge Sandal: Supportive, comfy, classic, and good for your feet if you can manage the wedge heel. They work on an assortment of foot shapes because you can adjust the width of the straps. There are nine interesting colour combinations, and very good reviews.
  • Mephisto Rebecca Perforated Sneaker: These are super cute, warm, and VERY comfortable. Great support. I almost got them, but decided that red hi-tops are better suited to my Pacific North West needs. Comes in neutrals.
  • Paul Green James Lug Sole Chelsea Boot: I almost bought these but the sole was too chunky and the colour a little dark for my "shades of white" footwear capsule. But they are very lightweight and comfy. Tailored and neat despite their very casual appearance. They are a pull-on style without a zipper.
  • Louise Et Cie Lenah Square Toe Bootie: Dressy, and very pretty on the foot. Tailored ankle fit. Reasonably comfy if you can manage the heel height. You might need to size down half a size. Three more lovely neutral options.
  • Vince Warren Platform Slip-On Sneaker: Comfy and sleek on the foot, and can fit an orthotic. Lightweight, and polished.
  • Gentle Souls By Kenneth Cole Gentle Souls Signature Colleen Wedge Sandal: Extremely comfortable wedges if you can handle the heel height. Good on lower volume feet. Comes in three more neutrals.
  • Munro Hallie Block Heel Sandal: Classic strappy sandals that are versatile, comfortable, and available in narrow widths and black.
  • Nike Court Vintage Premium Sneaker: A comfy and modern retro sneaker that comes in two more colours.
  • Söfft Carrey Slide Sandal: An extremely comfy slide for a wider foot. It covers quite a bit of the foot, and is great for now, or the start of Fall. Fab for Spring too. Quite stable. Fun circular stacked heel. The orange is darker and more cinnamon in person. Comes in neutrals.
  • SCHUTZ Maurissa Lace-Up Boot: Comfy, hard-edged, and works well on low and medium volume feet. Great tailored fit on the calf. Not good for high insteps.

You can see the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

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