What To Wear With Summer Shoes

So you’ve gone on a recent summer shoe splurge (lucky!)… but now what? Here’s what to wear with some of the season’s best warm-weather footwear, from trending gladiators to tried and true T-straps. Plus, tips to care for your new purchases and sport your sandals sans pain.

Maxi + T-Strap
Make a printed maxi dress effortlessly feminine when you add a delicate T-strap sandal. They’re more relaxed than a wedge, but fancier than a flip-flop. Try them in metallic leather for a hint of sparkle.

Stylist Tip: Want longer-looking legs? Since ankle straps highlight the smallest part of your leg, T-strap sandals actually give off the illusion of elongated stems.

Gladiator + Cut-offs
Like Roman warriors before us, this new trend is not for the faint of heart. A statement on their own, gladiator sandals require a simple, straightforward outfit with a bit of edge. Try wearing them with adventurous basics like exposed-pocket cut-off shorts and a mesh-top tank.

Stylist Tip: Make sure to lather sunscreen on your legs before going outdoors. The intricate straps leave the gnarliest tan lines (trust us).

Espadrilles + Printed Shorts
No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of these comfy canvas faves. Espadrilles are simple and casual, so try pairing them with a funky mixed pattern. They’re the perfect complement to your laid-back summer boho pieces.

Stylist Tip: While you can normally toss pure canvas shoes in the washer, beware with an espadrille. The soles are wrapped in jute, which can unravel during the spin cycle, so hand-wash them instead.

Stacked-Heel Sandal + Sundress
Sundresses and stacked heels are summer style perfection. Airy, lightweight sundresses (the shorter the better) balance nicely with a chunky stacked heel for fun proportion play.

Stylist Tip: Peep-toe sandals are summer’s greatest gift (well, maybe we’re exaggerating). They do keep you cool and are appropriate for the office—just make sure you’re prepped with a pedicure.

Wedge Slide + Favorite Jeans
Just kicking around on the weekend? A casual slide is the perfect throw-on-and-go companion. Of course nonchalant style like this requires an equally laid-back outfit—like your favorite pair of jeans. Check out our post for more inspiration on shoes to pair with skinny jeans.

Stylist Tip: Without a spiked heel, wedges are naturally more comfortable and stable. Plus, they won’t get stuck in the grass at a lawn event!

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