Your boyfriend may not find this season’s poolside sandal trends too sexy, but you usually don’t pick his brain for fashion advice anyway. This year, save the teeter-tottering come-hither heels for your nightlife, not hot sunny days around the pool. Your feet will thank you when you step back down to earth for a dose of fresh, effortless cool – and with the summer’s ultra-wearable trends, you won’t have to sacrifice a sliver of style while lounging poolside or mingling at a pool party.
Believe it when you see it: The shower shoe has hit the big time. No longer all-utility, this season’s slides are instead all the rage. From deck party-ready elegant patent leather to those with athletic traction grip like Nike Benassi slide sandals, this trend slips right into any personal style set – and can come in handy on slippery pool decks. These aren’t your grandma’s house slippers. Go strappy; go minimalist; go right back to the 1990s – or is it ’70s? – with flat platform height, and channel your childhood swim days with jelly texture.
Can’t imagine going out without your heels, even for a pool party? You still don’t have to worry about tired, pinched feet, falling flat on your face or being the only one tiptoeing around in stilettos. Much more stable than a slim heel, the chunky look is back. Dress up your floaty maxi or give a little lift to your favorite shorts look with slide heels in geometric black and white, layered buckles or bejeweled details, and single or multistrap styles with practical sneaker grip soles. If you need a little more lift to complete your ideal bikini body, go platform and go wild with color for the full disco experience while you lounge poolside.
Keep the flat footwear trend going strong. Not just an oceanside staple, thong sandals like the Rocket Dog Nina Siesta sandal or Roxy Carribean Flip-Flop take you from gym to pool to lunch – and everywhere in between, with this season’s take on the traditional flip-flop. Protect yourself at the pool and embrace the freedom of baring your feet to the breeze with minimalist athletic comfort like the Nike Comfort Thong. Take your pick of delicate or chunky ankle straps, wedge and flatform soles, metallic or bedazzled details and every color imaginable to complement your latest pedicure.
Gladiators and Wedges
Go east for a few of this year’s sandal inspirations – and farther back in time from fashion’s usual revivals. The gladiator trend can’t be stopped, with both knee-high and ankle-tall looks dominating the boho scene and beyond. Although this strappy version of your standard slip-on is usually worn flat, the still-comfortable wedge take on gladiators can make your look a little more dressy for a poolside barbecue or cocktail party. If you like a more feminine or retro flair for your wedges, this season’s Asian-inspired platform slip-ons stun in bright brocade fabrics – and can come with a slip-resistant athletic-grip sole.
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