June is finally here and we are already planning out our summer wardrobe! One of the most important key items to any Summer wardrobe is all the latest and greatest sandal styles! But, before you go out and splurge on the latest styles and hottest trends, there are a few things to consider. While being fashionable is always key, it’s also important to choose those that not only make a statement, but also provide you with comfort!
Understand your needs.
Are you looking for a professional and chic pair that you can wear from the office straight to happy hour, or are you more in need of a comfortable pair for low-maintenance, extended wear for your favorite outdoor activities? Know these answers before you shop to help eliminate impractical styles from the list.
Put comfort first.
All sandals are not created equal, so go with what feels best on your feet. If you have a less-than-desirable arch, for instance, wearing flat shoes for long periods of time could cause unnecessary back and leg pain. Another option for a casual-yet-comfortable look is to go with a pair of stylish wedges, instead. This season’s selections come in many trendy styles and materials – from canvas to leather – and their slight elevation could make a world of difference in terms of comfort.
Another comfort consideration is fit. Make sure that whichever pair you choose has a wide enough base to prevent unattractive toe or heel over-hang. Also consider whether you’ll be most comfortable in slides or with adjustable straps for a more perfect fit. Never choose a pair of sandals that make you feel like you’re sliding around in them with each step, no matter how cute they are. Remember that if you feel uncomfortable in them, you’ll look uncomfortable, too.
How high is too high?
Just as flat sandals are considered more casual, wearing higher heels creates a more formal, polished look. Whether you’re pairing them with a sleek business suit by day or stepping out for a fun night on the town, choose a height that works best for you. For very formal occasions, choose a pair with thinner heels. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
Know your personal style.
Whether your personal style is trendy, classic or somewhere in-between, there are many options for choosing the perfect sandals for you. While that pair of gladiator-style sandals might look fabulous on your favorite starlet, for example, or your BFF’s new leopard-print pair are to die for, be sure to consider your own personal style when choosing a pair for yourself. Like every other item in your wardrobe, your sandals should be a reflection of who you are if you want to feel at your best while wearing them. Just remember to be patient, shop around and you’re sure to find the perfect comfort, style and statement you’re looking for.
What summer sandal style do you love most?