Summer Sandals: Splurge vs. Steal

A feast for the eyes and a treat for the feet, we’re finding spring and summer’s array of shoes simply sandalicious.


This season’s fashions are more fun and cheerful than anything we’ve seen in a while, and footwear is no exception—check out some of our favorite looks.

Color Blocks
If there’s a trend we keep harping on here at Make It Better, it’s definitely the way designers used color this season. Color blocking is one of our favorites, since it gives us pieces that manage to marry vibrancy and minimalism. Channel Mondrian and wear these shoes with graphic black and white prints, or dress in a monochromatic shade that matches one color from your shoe.

Fendi Colorblock Grosgrain Sandal
Winston Colour Block Wedge

As the coolest, comfiest way to rise above, spring’s ubiquitous shoe trend is appearing with neutrals, brights, straps, ties and everything in between. Neutral hues continue to prosper and work especially well in an espadrille style, like Diane von Furstenberg’s blush, balletic interpretation (that comes with a cool raffia design to boot). Both these styles also come in brighter, more colorful versions.

Diane von Furstenberg Pandora Wedge
Michael Antonio Galena Wedge

Formal summer weddings and parties demand a little shimmer. Fortunately, shoe designers have obliged. Platform toes make heels less severe, which equals more time on the dance floor.

Jazziest Peeptoe
Stuart Weitzman
Haylow-G Sandal
Steve Madden

Looking for something more down to earth? Pair this summer’s maxi lengths with colorful or adorned flats. Tory Burch does it again with a thong that mixes the classic and whimsical, while Project Runway’s Christian Siriano gives us a bright and affordable collection for Payless.

Cherilyn PomPom Sandal
Tory Burch
Topaz Twisted Sandal
Christian Siriano for Payless

From fierce felines to ladylike florals, bold prints are wrapping up wedges for a different kind of statement shoe. Prints are made to bring a little fun to feet.

Alice + Olivia Juliet Wedge,
Neiman Marcus
Jeffrey Campbell Swansong Sandal
Lori’s Shoes

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