Backyard barbecues, sunny skies and a chance to see the amateur fireworks enthusiasts in your family set the lawn afire don’t make for the most solemn Fourth of July celebration – and neither should your fashion choices. Keep the star-spangled party spirit going strong and exercise your freedom by choosing cute, comfortable shoes that match the holiday’s color scheme – or don’t.
If denim cutoffs and flirty gingham dresses are your jam – think 1940s wartime patriotism or Mary Ann Summers of “Gilligan’s Island” – you’ll want to match your shoes to the theme. Stick with flats and low wedges to keep your retro vibe running. Go all-out on red, white and blue colors, even in bold stars-and-stripes patterns, or keep it simple in solids with vintage details. Add a little flirt to this feminine style with an open-toe, low wedge slide shoe complete with adorable adornment, such as the Lifestride Benefit wedge sandal.
Free Spirits Welcome
Don’t let your bohemian ideals get in the way of holiday fun – if there’s any time to embrace the free spirit, it’s at a celebration of freedom. You don’t have to feel like you need to salute your feet with every step to inject a little festivity into your shoes. A minimalist vegan leather thong sandal with perforated details, like the Charel sandal from b.o.c., can add just a hint of patriotic color to your usual earth tones, and will transition well from the party on the Fourth to the remainder of the summer.
Life of the Indoor Party
If your social crowd thinks “roughing it” refers to running out of champagne, this celebration may call for more than just a pair of American flag-patterned tennis shoes. Rather than matching your footwear to paper plate designs, go for a shoe that’s sleek, strappy and a little bit sexy. Monochromatic faux leather slide wedges like the Aerosoles Pearl Plush wedge sandal keep you firmly in the red, white and blue color scheme without taking the holiday inspiration too literally.
Boy Meets Girl
Festive attire isn’t only for the ultra-feminine – if your sartorial sensibilities swing more toward sportswear or boyfriend styles than flirty frocks, this season’s athletic-inspired flat footwear has got you covered. A denim espadrille, white gladiator flat or striped red and white sneaker suits loose-fit jeans and button-downs better than strappy heeled options, anyway. Keep your hues and patterns muted to suit a casual, distressed look, or bust out the bold for a bright color pop in a monochromatic minimalist outfit.