Sandal season is upon us, finally. But, while your mind might jump from summery footwear to the beach days ahead, it should come as no surprise that at Who What Wear, we go straight for the shopping. Which is why we decided to tap a few industry insiders to update us on the sandals we should (and shouldn't) be adding to our collections in the coming months.
Both Stuart Weitzman, the executive chairman of his namesake brand, and Jane Frances, designer of Dear Frances, gave us their take on the trends for the coming months. At the top of their must-shop lists were three styles in particular: mules, pearl embellished, and minimal-meets-refined. Each of the trends plays into the femininity we've seen become more popular over the past few seasons. In addition, they're refreshingly easy (and comfortable) to wear.
As for what style is on the out? Frances says, "I tend to shy away from too many straps or embellishments which feel a bit outdated and excessive." The bottom line: Look for sandals with simple, refined details, but avoid anything too over the top.
Read on for a chance to check out what both Weitzman and Frances had to say, and shop styles inspired by their picks!
These ladylike heels are an of-the-moment favorite among It girls. They're comfortable (no complaints, here!), but bold colors and prints give them a cool feel.
Mules are an easy-to-wear silhouette that can be dressed up or down, making them extremely versatile.
Sometimes simpler is better. This spring, simple sandals feel just on trend. Try pairing them with jeans for a more casual look, or wear them to complement a sleek LBD.
I think the trend toward more simplified, refined sandal silhouettes feels really fresh for spring.
Feminine details like lace, ruffles, and pearls have become increasingly popular over the last few seasons, and now delicate pearls are a fresh footwear trend to try.
Pearls look very modern this season, especially when detailed on our flat and high-heeled sandals—adding a chic touch of luxe to our favorite minimalistic sandals.