Comfort, style and flexibility: Triple-duty alternatives to heels
Summer is a season of being on-the-go, whether you’re taking midday strolls, sunbathing on the beach or enjoying dinner with friends on a rooftop patio. You may want to familiarize yourself with some alternatives to heels.
It’s a time year when career women head directly from the office to the outdoor festival. Nothing hampers summer fun more than aching feet. So, no matter your daily destinations, you’ll want to sport some versatile footwear to last you through the warm evenings.
While evening activities might get a little more fancy than daytime play, pointy-toed shoes are not a requirement. According to Pop Sugar, shoe designers this season are prioritizing comfort. This is good news for ladies who don’t love heels. For practical fashion, consider the following footwear options:
Slide into simplicity
Say hello to one of the most comfortable shoe styles in existence. Compatible with casual outfits and dresses alike, the slide offers the ultimate in wearability, said Elle magazine. This shoe has even been spotted on runways more than once or twice.
Cork sandals and rubber pool slides have come a long way, so there’s no need to fear limited options. Of course, the traditional sport varieties are great for a day at the park or near the water, but fashion’s imagination doesn’t stop there. This season’s range of aesthetic choices might come as a pleasant surprise. Bold colors, artful textures and intricate patterns abound in soft textiles and breathable leathers. These designs offer near-endless possibilities for coordinating with different outfits.
If any of your seasonal itinerary calls for a bit of formality, slides with simple adornments can take the place of closed-toed heels. Fashion experts loved the slide style last summer, and it looks like they’ll be keeping this shoe among their favorites, said the Huffington Post. Proving to be world’s easiest shoe to wear, slides offer cushioning and arch support without sacrificing feminine details such as sparkly embellishments and demure cutouts. Polished fashionistas never need to compromise style when seeking comfort.
Skim into style
If you prefer a shoe with a back, reach for the slide’s cousin: the lightweight skimmer. The modern version of this style no longer falls flat. Cushion your heels and rest your arches in a pair of these slip-ons. Choose a pair with breathable footbeds and you won’t have to choose between socks and summer comfort.
Even the most elegant styles offer a rounded toe-box, so you can enjoy being outside for hours. Interesting designs and innovative construction create a classy look, with or without rubber soles.
Office-appropriate styles are plentiful. Skimmers complete a professional look, whether paired with a fit-and-flare dress or a pair of ankle-length slacks.
Sneak on by
The term “dress sneakers” sounds like a contradiction, but the most traditionally casual footwear options now come in fancier models. If your plans fall somewhere between hiking in the woods and meeting up at the patisserie, keep an embellished sneaker in your cache of footwear possibilities. Your feet will thank you.
One more note of advice: Before several rounds of all-day shoe-wear, wear a new pair around the house for a couple hours to ensure proper fit.