We’re well into summer, yet I’ve found myself in need of warm-weather footwear. How someone from southern California (I’m an Alaskan transplant now) can lack proper summer shoes is beyond me. I decided to take inventory & take action!
I assessed that I had the following footwear acceptable for summer:
- cobalt flip-flops
- white, feminine flat sandals
- black, minimal flat sandals
- leopard slip-on sneakers
- nude wedge sneakers (I’m so hip hop)
- leopard wedge sandals
- orange/ fuchsia/ red heeled sandals
Now that may seem like enough options for a gal to get by, but that’s just it. Being a babe means you don’t just get by. All fashion decisions a real babe makes should be thought out & intentional. So I sat down & had a good think on the varying weather & occasions summer brings to see what shoes you really need.
These are the 6 types of shoes I believe a babe needs for summer:
01. A Flip-flop
Summer and swimming are so synonymous. Tell me you don’t picture a beach or pool when I say summer! You’re going to need a pair of flip-flops to stand up to all that chlorine & salt. I recommend Havaianas, they’re comfy & they last. These cricket green flip-flops are a very tropical option.
02. A Casual Flat
A good pair of flats is so essential for summer, not to mention pretty much every season. These striped denim flats are beach-chic. And these studded loafers are a fierce but neutral choice.
03. A Flat Sandal
The daily go-to, a flat sandal is the ultimate staple for summer. You can go as minimal or as blinged-out as you please. I purchased these basic black sandals from H&M & they are perfection. These Birkenstocks are effortlessly stylish & these Gladiator sandals are instant high-impact.
04. A Heeled Sandal
Every girl is entitled to a heel height of her choice. You don’t have to wear major platforms to be a babe. But, some summer occasions call for a dressier look, e.g. weddings. A nice sandal with a decent heel is a great match to a flowy, floral maxi that’ll make you look like a goddess, (but not quite as stunning as the bride, of course). These leather sandalettes, these sexy sandals, & these leopard babies are great selections, & these are some super funky wedges. A shorter, chunky heel is great for every day (plus a great way to sneak in a little more height). These cut-out sandals, these 90’s throwback jelly sandals, & these casual leather-look sandals are just the answer.
05. A Sneaker
Summer means outdoor activities. Every babe has a different activity level, so the shoe(s) you chose should correspond to that. I like 2 casual options, one being a slip-on for ease, the other a high top, as well as a pair of trail-runners or running shoes for those days when you’re a super outdoorsy babe.
06. A Rain Boot
Summer all year can be pretty wet where I live, so good rain boots are a staple for me. I’m madly in love with my black Hunters, but I wouldn’t be a respected Alaskan if I didn’t recommend you get a pair of XTRATUFs.
As we’ve seen above, I have a decent number of heeled sandals, but nothing really for everyday. So like a true millennial trying to solve a problem, I took to the internet! I visited my absolute fave, hm.com, & ordered some more (on sale) summer options. I purchased these ballet flats & these sandals. I also went to Target & purchased some chunky, low-heeled sandals for a casual outdoor wedding this past June. Normally I’d wear sky-high heels to a nicer event, but potentially un-level grass & celebratory cocktails is a combo I prefer to pair with a more stable shoe (God forbid, I wear flats to a wedding).
This is by no means the end all-be all of women’s summer footwear, but hopefully I’ve provided you with some guidance & inspiration. At the very least you got to check out some lovely shoes, right?
What are your summer must-have shoes?