Looks for Less: Simply Tied Up Sandals

You may have noticed tie up sandals have been popping up everywhere this summer. Instead of boring, ugly Birkenstocks or (god forbid) flip flops, a sandal that’s unique and chic is finally available in a price range that won’t break the bank. Lately, I’ve been loving wrap around sandals in neutral colors that aren’t over-the-top or ridiculous looking, like those hideous gladiator ones that lace up to your knee. Sandals that tie up around your ankle are very versatile and can be paired with a maxi dress, a long skirt and button up shirt or with jeans and a tunic style top for sunset cocktails on the patio.

Kicking it Old School

All sneakers are acceptable these days, but if you really want to be on trend, think about kicking it old school…as in retro sneakers. If they look like Bruce Jenner wore them in the 70’s or you ran in them in the 80’s, you pretty much get the idea. They are cut lower than modern sneakers, have a smaller tread base and have some striping. Go bright or go basic, it doesn’t matter. To be clear we are not talking about your Converse Chuck Taylors (which never seem to go out of style) or Tretorns like you wore as an 80’s prep. Think more Stan Smiths, or old school Adidas or Nike. Once you see the options below you will get the idea.

Summer Staple: Platform Loafers & Oxfords

Who would have ever thought we’d be wearing Oxfords and loafers in the summer? Yet, if you get the light as air, platform versions you can do just that. Pair your platform loafers and Oxfords with cropped black pants or a midi skirt. I personally love the silver Oxfords, but whichever you chose wear them all summer long. Be sure to buy those little peds to protect your feet so you don’t get blisters. You want to appear you are wearing them barefoot.