I've always felt like summer is the best season to invest in designer shoes. Trudging through snow in the winter makes me opt for sturdy and affordable pairs, as I know I may have to replace them the following year. But the time to treat yourself to great shoes is now. Designers are putting out bright and vibrant styles, and I am on the lookout for my next big purchase.
After a lot of scrolling and thinking, I still haven't narrowed it down to just one pair, so I decided it was a good time to ask a few industry friends for their take on the best sandals to invest in. One thing that tied the entire crowd together was the fashion person's love for good sandals. You'll find that every person I asked came back to me with a stunning pair of sandals, and I think I need them all. Common themes among the crowd included bright colors, strappy silhouettes, and mules. You're guaranteed to find a winner below.
"I may be addicted to buying all things Balenciaga Cagole. I recently bought the boots, and it's been hard not to want to wear them every day. I've already decided that I want to wear strictly neon and colorful accessories this summer, so these neon-green sandals from Balenciaga would be perfect!"
"I recently got these Bottega Veneta sandals. I am historically very much a black, brown, or tan sandal girl, so these are a departure for me. If I'm going to wear color, blue feels the most like 'me,' and I'm excited to pair them with crisp white dresses all summer. Consider this my Picasso blue period."
"I'm really into Blumarine's butterfly heeled sandals. I love them in all colors, especially in that very Y2K-esque bubblegum pink. I love accessories that add a cute and whimsical flair to my look, and like everyone else, I'm super nostalgic for early 2000s fashion at the moment."
"I am a little bit biased, but my designer It shoes right now have to be the wedges that I designed with the brand Ilio Smeraldo. They give you the perfect summer-chic look with an edgy flair. I am living in wedges this summer because they are feminine, timeless, and, best of all, comfortable. They come in a vanilla cream, a modern gray, and a bright orange that will be sure to fit everyone's style and taste."
"Platform slides are one of the hottest trends for spring/summer, with many brands bringing out different variations, proving that the '90s revival really is here to stay! I love how there is a platform style for every occasion, from fun vacay slides to chic silhouettes as a comfortable event option. I recently purchased the Gucci Angelina Canvas Slingbacks in its iconic monogram. These will definitely be my go-tos this summer!"
"I am currently loving anything by Versace, specifically the Medusa Embellished Caged Sandals, which are a play on the jelly sandals we all know. It is a fierce and glamorous addition to your summer wardrobe."
"I'm really into all the Attico mules right now. The vibrant colors, prints, and interesting heel shapes are perfect for summer!"
"The Constance by The Row are, hands down, my all-time favorite designer shoes. I love them so much I actually have them in brown and white. They're so timeless and go with pretty much everything in my closet. The heel is small, so you really can wear them anywhere—to a meeting, dinner, a hang with friends. I've had my brown pair for a couple of years now and can still see myself wearing them 10 years from now."
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