Summer is in full swing! Now that the dust has settled and we’ve had the chance to sample many of the great new summer shoes out there, we have put together a list of our must haves for summer 2009. These shoes will be great for a range of activities from day to night, and will keep you looking stylish and feeling comfortable all season long.
Best Overall Daytime
After a lot of deliberation, the gladiator is back on top again. This stylish category of footwear really has everything going for it – they feel great to wear and have a powerful look. We especially liked the Greco Orchid Purple Leather gladiators by Sam Edelman, which have a classic look combined with a striking color that looks great with your favorite summer dresses.
Gladiators aren’t for everyone, and what’s better in the summer than a pair of sandals? One of the standouts this summer is the Frankie Fuschia Suede by Juicy Couture. It’s bright, colorful, and has an incredibly cute rhinestone starfish ornament. It’s great to slip on and off for casual activities.
Best Overall Nighttime
We think the ballet flat is the perfect summer shoe for all of your nighttime activities. They are extraordinarily comfortable and great for long periods when you are on your feet. Have we mentioned the design? The range of colors and materials you can find these days is extraordinary, and can pair with your sundress, jeans shorts and more. We have to recommend both the Waffle White Leather flat by French Sole as well as the Reva Gold Leather Ballet Flat by Tory Burch.
We can’t stop talking about the Gwen Black Satin by Kate Spade. The pink sole is just adorable and it is a classy shoe that looks great in everything from a cocktail dress to a pair of your favorite jeans. These are perfect for an outdoor wedding or any formal or semi-formal event this season.
Best All Around Summer Shoe
If you had to have just one addition to your summer shoe closet, we think you’d be happy with a pair of cork wedges. These give the extra height that you may typically only get from stilettos, but in a shoe that is remarkably comfortable and easy to walk in. Wedges like the Marc by Marc Jacobs Red Patent can elevate your summer outfit and allow you to get around in style whether you’re by the pool, at the beach, or at a barbeque.
When we were over at Jildor, we spied multiple pairs of Jack Rogers Sandals in various colors and trims. While the Navajo Fuchsia with White Trim was more our style, you can find it in nearly every color to match with your personality. There’s gold, navy, black, and materials including cork, leather and suede. If any sandal is thinking about EVERY girl, these would be it.
If you haven’t stocked up on all of your favorite summer shoes you still have time. Start with this list of must-haves and check out your favorite shoe stores in person and online. Whatever you’re looking for, you can spend the rest of the season in style!