Is it me or is winter acting like a fat kid with a chicken bone and just won’t let go? It’s near Easter and snow was on the ground this morning as I was heading out for my dreaded morning run. When I went back into the house to change running shoes to a more solid shoe befitting of the current terrain I had a THIN.k moment.
(THIN.k = basically thinking thin or whenever I have a fashion epiphany)
While running I like to daydream on future fashion purchases to keep me motivated. Today’s calorie drift was all about new shoewear, for obvious reasons. Of course I need running shoes according to my Nike + app I’ve put over 300 miles on my Under-Amour running shoes. However, those can wait because what I really want are sandals.
Sandals are the quintessential spring/summer staple whether they’re a flip-flop, strap or slide. Last couple of seasons it has been all bout the gladiator or Greek style sandals though, those styles aren’t completely out there door I’ve taken to a few new arrivals and revamps for spring/summer 2014.
From retro sporty Velcro shoes from your childhood (90′s kids not babies) to dressy unisex fashion statement footwear of the moment here are the sandals I’m purchasing this season.
Sporty: Camper have captured the essences of any child who grew up on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and VR Troopers with their upbeat fun yet very fashionable collection of Velcro colorful sandals. The pair I’m raving about are the HIMALAYAN. These shoes are so ss/14 MSGM, Frankie Morello and DSquared2 without the hefty price tag, at $190 with other exciting styles and color starting at $60. Similar to the Marc Jacobs ss/14 sandals these Japanese inspired shoes will add personality to whatever look you don this summer (skinny Khakis, flora tees or sheer/mesh tops.)
Androgyny: I remember perusing the new issue no. 31 of VMAN magazine featuring the most fantastic footwear story, photographed by Dan Forbes and styled by Julian Antetomaso (above gif) that was walking a fine line of gender bending. Androgyny is big this season (refer to: Kid Cudi’s Coachella crop top) and that goes for your kicks too. Designers such as, Phillip Lim 3.1, Salvatore Ferragamo and Valentino are perfecting the blend of masculine and feminine footwear. Although, at $450 that recipe need a bit more work, turn to ASOS for an awesome exotic unisex sandal. The Jerusalem Sandals Aviv have multiple hues that are a refreshing spin on last summer’s gladiator and $122.29 is a very convincing reason to stick your toes in and test the ambidextrous waters.
Casual: For a more hipster breezy approach to sandals an old favorite that many love to hate is back, the Birkenstock. It’s funny that as a kids I would literally cry when my dad would take my brother and I to Payless ShoeSource to purchase these for us to wear throughout summer. Cut to today; all the rage! Now I don’t remember them being $120 but that’s hypebeast for you. High-end designers are even collaborating with the brand i.e. Trina Turk, Shades of Grey and Céline. I have my eye on the camo print Birkenstock Santiago by Birki at Zappos because they aren’t the predictable classic black or brown.
Dressy: For those who say you can’t be taken seriously in a sandal obviously didn’t give that same dumb speech to David Hart, Marni, Dries Van Noten, or Bally’s. They have taken leather, toes and ankles to new heights and strapped us up along for the ride- literally! When in the office or attempting sandals during dinner or with slacks this is how you do it. Zara are this kings of being ‘thinspired’ by runway designers without weighing the consumers down with a huge bill. A good pair of LEATHER CROSS-OVER sandals go a long way. Secure, sophisticated and swanky this is how you dress up in the heat at $79.90.