We’ve all been wearing winter clothes for so long, so sometimes it’s hard to remember what to wear when the weather warms up.
After all, sweaters and boots aren’t exactly fitting for 60-plus degree days. But now that the seasons of sunshine and warmth are here, we’re going to have to put away our boots for a while and start wearing some season-appropriate options. The great news? Summer shoes are often fun, stylish and colorful, while also being practical and comfortable.
1. Walking sandals
The most important pair of summer shoes to have in your closet are a pair of comfortable sandals that can take you from the beach to the grocery store and everywhere in between. These shoes should be comfortable and practical while being versatile enough to wear with everything. Look for a pair with a cushioned sole, straps that secure them to your feet and, ideally, some arch support.
2. Fashion sandals
For occasions that warrant a slightly less casual look, like your neighbor’s backyard barbecue or a nice lunch with friends, a pair of fashionable sandals adds style while staying comfy. Choose footwear with embellishments, colors or a fun strappy design that will look fun and chic with your summer dresses or favorite pair of capris.
3. Heeled sandals
Heeled sandals, whether they’re wedges, stacked heels or slimmer heels, are the perfect formal shoe for summer. If you have a summer event to attend or simply want a nice pair of shoes to have in your closet just in case, heeled sandals are a good way to go. Quick tip: The thicker the heel, the easier and more comfortable they’ll be to walk in. Go for a pair of 2- to 3-inch wedges with a secure ankle strap for the utmost comfort.
4. Athletic shoes
It’s never a bad idea to have a pair of sporty canvas flats or tennis shoes on hand that you can pull on for casual weekend days. These look great with activewear on the days when you have plenty of errands to run and want the most comfort you can get – while still appearing stylish. Look for options that fit your personality, whether you opt for a simpler pair or a bright and colorful one.
5. Ballet flats
Ballet flats are an officewear staple that can’t go wrong during the spring and summer – especially because they’re so versatile. When the weather is still warming up, flats can be worn with tights and a pencil skirt or a pair of straight-leg trousers. Then, on hot summer days, you can pair the same pair with a sophisticated dress or even a more formal skirt suit.
6. Comfy flats
A pair of comfortable flats, like loafers, oxfords or slipper-style flats, are smart enough for work and casual enough for evenings. But they’re also perfect for weekends when you need a simple pair of shoes you can just slip on before leaving the house. Wear them with slim-cut pants and a flattering tunic for a lovely late spring/early summer look.