Strap in for summer with some sandals
With the nice weather upon us, it's time to wear breathable footwear.
“Strappy sandals are a great look for summer and can be worn with dresses, shorts or skinny white jeans,” says Jill Rubinstein, owner of Footloose in Shadyside. “They are fun, versatile footwear.”
When designing her line of sandals, Latigo designer Naomi Reid says she was inspired by women where she lives in California who can wear sandals all year long.
“I am constantly creatively sparked by stylish women on the street,” Reid says. “Many of us live active, full lives that are very indoor-outdoor by nature, so I love casual, hip and never-tricky shoes that function for total daily use: from work, running around with kids or out to dinner.”
She says any sandal should fit so well that you never want to take it off.
Having a strappy shoe that's comfortable, open and less structured is the way to go for summer, says designer Emy Mack Jamison, owner of Emy Mack Collective in Shadyside.
“A strappy sandal is the perfect solution,” Jamison says. “The best thing about our sandals is you can wear them to a formal event or with your jeans.”
Step out of your comfort zone and try a multi-strap sandal in multiple colors, says Justin Sigal, co-owner of Littles Shoes with his father, Joel, in Squirrel Hill. There are multiple choices, from flats to heels to wedges.
“They look nice on the foot, whether casual or dressy,” Justin Sigal says. “Color is so much fun for summer, so multiple colors add that much more interest to the sandal.”
One of the most sought-after footwear looks this season is the artisan-style strappy sandal, says Suzanne Mauro, a stylist from the East End and instructor at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Downtown. A strappy sandal in a basic tan, ash gray or taupe can be paired with just about anything, she says.
“Neutrals and nude tones will help elongate your leg, giving the illusion of longer, leaner legs,” Mauro says. “You can sport this style with anything from denim to a floaty summer dress.”
Another trend this season is a strappy Mary Jane-style sandal with a block heel and finished with a slim ankle strap, Mauro says.
“The best thing about this style is you can take it day to night,” Mauro says. “You can style it with everything from distressed denim and crisp button-downs to minimal, monochrome dresses.”
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7889 or email@example.com.