Summer Shoe-in

One of the best ways to update your wardrobe each season is with a great new pair of shoes.


We asked local shoe expert Lori Oppenheim, of Shirise Women’s Shoes and Accessories in Glencoe, to help Make It Better spotlight this summer’s hottest kicks:

Platforms, please
This trend has taken summer by storm and is sure to be a favorite with women who like height, but not the pitch of traditional high heel shoes. And the wooden heel of these particular sandals give a nod to the clog that’s been seen on spring’s greatest fashionistas. Linea Pelle Collection in tan, Robert Clergerie Paris, $595

On the wedge
Another shoe that makes a come back when the temperatures start to rise is the wedge. As an espadrille, clog, slide, or sandal, the wedge heel gives your shoe a little something extra. A wood or cork wedge is a must-have this summer, especially if you’ll be sporting denim’s latest fave—the flare jean. Cocoa wedge, Jack Rogers, $165

Shoe or bootie? Lucky for you this season, you don’t have to decide. These all-in-one shoe-booties are right off the runway and can instantly take a simple sheath, pencil skirt, or a great pair of cargo pants to a whole new level. The more lady-like lace-ups are very 2010. Criss in black/vachetta, Kate Spade, $350

Not just for the ballet
If heels are not your thing, the classic ballet flat will always be in style. But instead of a bright color or the iconic black, opt for summer’s newest neutral—gray. Even just a touch of it, like this little flat with an embossed skin cap toe, will take you from washed out to wow! Attilio Giusti Leombruni, $295

If you have a favorite trend we should know about, or a great place to shop, email [email protected].

Now that you’ve got great looking feet, try these tips to freshen your look for summer.