What are the 5 summer shoe styles I should invest in?

When it comes to footwear this summer, think beyond the flip-flop. For a season that’s built on fun under the sun, these five key styles will take you stylishly through every barbecue, beach day, and tropical getaway.

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Must-Have #1: Barely-There Sandals

We love a super flat sandal that essentially makes your foot look bare. Choose one with a natural leather sole and either metallic or neutral skinny straps. This allows a flowy skirt be the star of your look and a slouchy trouser feel cool and casual. A fresh, bright manicure is the perfect finishing touch.

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Must-Have #2: Gladiators

When your look needs a heavier sandal, then gladiators are the perfect choice. Choose one that hits above the ankle or just below the knee, and preferably in nude, black, or gold. Style them with short sundresses or denim shorts for your next daytime outing.

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Must-Have #3: Birkenstock Sandals

Embrace this hippie-inspired trend in both colour and print. Invest in a neutral two-strap version, which will go with everything in your warm weather closet, or splurge on a designer leather floral pair.

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Must-Have #4: A Touch of Rock and Roll

To add a tough-girl edge to your look this season, have a little black sandal with studs, straps, or fringe on hand. This style works well contrasted with an uber feminine dress or flirty skirt.

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Must-Have #5: Modern Wedges

Choose a sleek and simple wedge that feels modern and is a suitable alternative to your office pumps. Take them from day to night with a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. 

Saint Laurent Alice Sandals ($895)