The 7 Most Coveted Sandals For Summer

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Sandals are pretty much the greatest thing to happen to your feet. Don’t get us wrong, we love our boots, heels, flats, sneakers…and well, pretty much all of our shoes, but when you debut your first pair of sandals for the season, you’re committing to more carefree weekend adventuring, more dining al fresco, more time outside just because, and of course, all the great warm weather looks you can finally show off. Essentially, you’re kicking off summer!

So get excited and then clear a little room in your shoe closet – we’ve got all of the must-have styles for summer.

 

You Know the Espadrille

Espadrilles have made a come-back and for good reason. From flats to lace-ups, leather and suede to canvas, and pops of color to metallic, we’re not talking about your mother’s go-to slip-ons anymore.

 

Block Party

If you want to look fabulously stylish, but also want to be able to strut your stuff from 9 to 5 (and then some!), city sandals are for you. With block heels to keep you supported, these shoes are the perfect summer staple to take you from work to rooftop drinks.

 

Slide into Summer

It’s time to upgrade your casual sandal pick from flip flops to a grown-up pool slide. This versatile style is great for everyday and is easy to toss in your bag to go from poolside to lunch or just for a quick stroll to check out the local scene.

 

 Feel-Good Footbeds

Sandals should feel good and you should love how they look too. While “footbed sandals” may not sound sexy and they’re designed to make your feet feel fabulous, you’ll see them in almost every fashion magazine and on every celebrity out there – plus, you won’t be at a loss for great styles to choose from. And when these become your favorites, you can thank us later.

 

Wow-worthy Wedges

Whether you grab a casual pair for a backyard barbecue or a more refined style for a day at the office, a wedge is always a good choice. They pair well with pretty much any summer outfit, elongate the leg, and are a great choice for those of us that don’t love pumps but still want a heel.  

 

All Tied Up

Adding a little sass to your summer looks, we are loving lace-ups this season. Pair with cropped pants or a pencil skirt for work, or with a shorter hemline or cutoffs for the weekends, these gladiator-inspired looks are perfect for summer outfits.

 

Get Strappy

Neutral, strappy sandals have been a wardrobe must-have for some time now, but we’re loving some of the new styles that touch on hot trends for the season – like suede, metallic and block heels.

 

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Photo credit left to right: Isola Shoes, Steve Madden, Kenneth Cole, Franco Sarto 

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Get Moving: Family Outdoor Adventures Start Here

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The days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter – it’s official, summer is almost here. From trips to the beach to moonlight walks, it’s a simpler time we look forward to all year long. Maybe your family can’t wait to go on a hike, plant a garden, head off to camp, or play a round of golf. Whatever your activity of choice, get ready to enjoy the great weather with these picks that will get everyone outside and moving!

No matter what your day may bring, the right pair of shoes will set you up for a great outdoor adventure. Simply watering the plants in the morning? Don’t get your slippers wet! Slip on a pair of aquatic shoes or rubber sole sandals instead. They’re just as easy to throw on as flip-flops but you’ll be better able to navigate slick surfaces, like a pool deck. For a day of splashing fun – whether that’s taking the kiddos to the water park or fishing down by the river – a pair of quick draw elastic cord sandals will keep your feet cool and ready to run around. Playing a round of golf at the club on Saturday? Tie on some golf shoes that are totally up to par.

And to catch that magnificent summer sunset, you’ll need the right hiking shoes to get you to the best view. Depending on your favorite trail, it’s important to keep features like weatherproofing in mind. If your typical hike may take you through damp or cool patches (think: multi-day excursion and/or nighttime wear), snow or mud, you’ll likely benefit from a durable, waterproof boot. Daytime hikes though, especially in hot and dry climates, are sure to work up a sweat. Bottom line: if you typically only go out for a few hours at a time during the summer, there’s really no need for a fully waterproof boot; but, if you’re dashing through streams or puddles, a quick-drying shoe is the way to go.

While protecting your and your family’s skin is important year-round, it’s vital to be extra careful during the summer months when the sun is at its hottest. And we’re not just talking sunscreen here – many active clothing brands now include SPF protection in the material itself. Of course, a hat and sunglasses are always must-haves for any outdoor adventure to keep the rays off your face and out of your eyes.

For the more serious hiker, choosing a backpack is like finding the perfect climbing partner. If you’re headed on a longer trek this summer, look for something that will hold all the essentials but won’t weigh you down. With some brands now offering gender-specific designs, it’s important to find the style that fits you best and is also the most comfortable.

The same rules apply to the littlest explorers too: having the right gear will set them up for the best summer of outdoor adventure. Whether they’re off to summer camp or grandma and grandpa’s house for the week, prepare for the range of weather that summer is sure to bring. A lightweight and breathable rain jacket will keep them dry during those sudden downpours, while a brim hat will keep their cheeks from getting pink after hours spent building sand castles. And for their feet, a pair of active sandals with Velcro straps that they can easily fasten themselves will take them on all of the summer’s greatest adventures.

Take us with you on all your family’s outdoor adventures! Share your story on Instagram by tagging us @shoebuydotcom with #myshoebuy.

3 Sandals Every Guy Needs

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Summer is right around the corner and we can’t help but get excited for the longer days, warmer nights, and sunny adventures that make every weekend feel like a mini vacation. And since nothing says, “it’s time to relax” quite like slipping on a pair of sandals, we’ve rounded up the three pairs every guy needs this season. Whether he’s out grabbing the morning paper, off on an afternoon adventure in the great outdoors, or sipping cocktails as the sun goes down, these great styles will make him forget the office even exists.

Easy Like Sunday Morning

A casual slide is the most comfortable (yet appropriate!) alternative to staying in his slippers all day. Our pick: The Superstar 4G from Adidas – it’s a modern update to a classic favorite.

 

Dog Days

We know, when it’s summertime, the thought of wearing actual shoes isn’t one you want to entertain, but you still want to look like you put in a little effort. Up your flip flop game with the perfect pair of sandals that can go from an afternoon with friends at the beach to a casual dinner out in linen pants – just be sure to brush off the sand. Our pick: the classic Ohana Flip Flop.

Gone Fishing

An adventure shoe for getting out and about is a must-have for the summer. You need something that can support your every move – whether that’s on a shaded mountain pathway or trekking around the city streets. Our pick: The Keen UNEEK – designed to keep feet cool and dry. Plus, its signature two cord, one sole construction allows for a totally custom fit and provides the right balance of flexibility and support.

Be sure to check out our huge collection of designer, active, comfort sandals and more to find the summer shoes that fit your style.

Top Shoe Styles for Spring and Summer 2016 (and beyond!)

Blog-Header-SpringDMYou want to look great and stylish, but you also want to be able to walk freely and stride in confidence. We get it. In fact, we can completely relate – especially when it comes to shoes. So we’ve rounded up our stylists’ top picks for the season that hit on all of the hot trends and that you’ll love to wear all day long. Get ready to browse some of our favorite shoes for Spring & Summer 2016!

Whether you’re looking for a new pair of comfortable sandals that you can dress up or down, a pair of always-on-trend flats, wedge sandals or block heels that you can really strut your stuff in, we’ve got you covered. Not sure what color to go with? Try metallics or neutrals to keep you right in style, no matter which silhouette you choose. And of course, when it comes to sneakers, we’ve got a great lineup of fresh kicks to up your workout game, and if you don’t already have a pair of casual sneakers, now is the perfect time to outfit your feet for the carefree days of summer. Take a look – if you’re anything like us, you might have a hard time choosing just one pair to add to your shoe closet.

Share your spring style with us @shoebuydotcom on Instagram with #myshoebuy.

How to Style Booties for Warmer Weather

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Booties have become a go-to style for fall and winter, but you can really rock your favorites all year long. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites and have a few ideas on how to wear booties for spring and summer.

The classic bootie style is a great addition to any wardrobe, and is one you’ll find yourself wearing from the time the first flowers are shooting up until the leaves are crunching beneath your fabulously dressed feet. These styles look great with leggings or tights in the cooler weather, but also bring a little edge to your fashion game in the warmer months when paired with an airy dress, white jeans or denim cutoffs. So if you’ve already got a pair in your closet – don’t pack them away for the summer!

This season, we’re seeing a lot of open toes, texture and fantastic block heels, which means you can personalize your look with the right pair. From softer floral cutouts to perforated details, there’s no shortage of options. Pair with cropped pants or a tailored skirt for the office, or throw on your favorite skinny jeans (cuffed to show a little ankle for the season, of course) and a t-shirt for a go-anywhere weekend look. We also love pairing a crisp denim skirt with this style for a sleek work option.

Take your booties out with you at night – these looks are perfect for a girls’ night out, a date night, or for whenever you want to feel extra fabulous. From rich suedes and lace-up details to stacked wooden heels, you can style these boots just like you would your favorite pair of pumps!

Already rocking your booties this season? Share your spring style with us @shoebuydotcom on Instagram with #myshoebuy.

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Get the Look for Less

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Drooling over designer shoes but can’t drop your whole paycheck (or more) on a pair for the season? We’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the web for some of this season’s trendiest high-end styles and found some awesome pairs on our site that will help you get the looks for less.

 

Fun Fringe The Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals have been worn by street style stars and bloggers alike. They may have a massive cult following, but $785 is hard to swallow. This Steve Madden pair has the suede, the color, the tassels, and is less than 1/4th of the cost at $129.95.    

White Hot

With the athleisure trend as popular as ever – and spring finally here – minimalism reigns supreme. Many designers this year have created their own version of the white slip-on sneaker. Junya Watanabe’s take on the closet staple is crocodile-embossed and clocks in at almost $300. The Keds Champion Slip On in leather conveys elevated style without breaking the bank at $49.95.

Flat Footed Flatforms are major this season. They give you a little height without teetering on skinny heels. The Givenchy Rachel Slingback combines this trend with a classic spring favorite: the espadrille. While this spring sandal will cost you $850, the Naturalizer Praline is $59.99 and has rave reviews about comfort and fit.  

Slip on Style

Flatform + espadrille + slip-on = the perfect everyday spring shoe. If you like the slip-on sneaker look but don’t want to commit to something quite so athletic, this is the shoe for you. The Jimmy Choo Dawn Espadrille comes to $450. This Steve Madden style is $78.95, and will take you all the way through summer.

Gladiators A pair of great gladiator sandals will take you from music festival to dinner downtown. They bring a fun, laid-back vibe to any outfit. The Stuart Weitzman Romanflat Ghillie Sandal is fantastic, but comes in with a price tag of $445. The Gibson Gladiator Sandal from Circus by Sam Edelman is only $89.95, and has a zipper closure at the heel — easy to throw on and go!  

City Sandals

An elevated version of the gladiator with a block heel and lace-up detailing, the Loeffler Randall Luz Lace-up Sandal is almost $400. The Dolce Vita Lyndon Cage Sandal is less than half the price, and just as chic.

Sweet Suede This classic ankle strap sandal gets an update for 2016 with a suede finish and a block heel. A nude color is chic and versatile. The NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandal from Stuart Weitzman is $398. The Steve Madden Carrson Ankle Strap Sandal is only $89.95, and is equally elegant.  

Modern Mules

Mules are one of the biggest shoe trends this spring with both flat and heeled varieties seen all over the SS16 shows. From Gucci to Balenciaga, these are the “it” shoes and a black leather pair will keep your outfit grounded and sleek. The Givenchy Edgy Line Low Leather Cylinder-Heel Booties hit the trend perfectly, but it will cost you. $895 is the runway price. The Bella Vita Savona Peep Toe Shootie provides the luxe leather look and comfort. At $99.95, you may want to snag more than one color.

Sleek Slides Slide sandals are the new flip flops. A minimal pair will add polish and streamline your look. This striped pair from Ancient Greek Sandals comes to $280. The Franco Sarto Quentin Sandal, where it lacks in stripes, makes up in discount. At $58.95, you can afford to take the risk with clean white sandals.  

Groundbreaking Florals

These athletic-inspired sandals are more than just your average shower shoes. As a result of the ever-popular normcore trend, rubber slides are popping up everywhere. This Gucci pair is $280. If you’re looking for a pair to lounge in, take to the beach, or walk around in all day, expect a lot of wear and tear. This pair from Adidas is $34.95, so you could even buy a backup!

Perforated Leather

If you’re looking for a sporty athleisure feel, while maintaining the elegance of a heel, look no further. A heeled sandal with perforated detail is both innovative and fun. Monique Lhullier’s Peyton Lucite-Wedge Slingback Sandals pack a punch… and a hefty price tag at $795. The Clarks Pastina Malory Quarter Strap Sandal is $73.95. With comfort at its core and a perfect platform, these block heeled beauties will make your feet (and your wallet) happy.

 

These styles will give you the spring refresh you need without emptying your savings account. Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Altuzarra, Junya Watanabe, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, Loeffler Randall, Stuart Weitzman, Givenchy, Ancient Greek, Gucci, Monique Lhullier

10 Gifts for Mom

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Here at ShoeBuy, we love moms. We love the moms that shop with us everyday, we love the moms we work alongside and of course, we love OUR own moms!

As close as you may be with your mom (or grandma, sister, aunt, or another exceptional lady in your life), it can be tricky to find a Mother’s Day gift that shows you care and that she’ll actually like and use. Whether she’s the active type, fashion-forward, or maybe a new mommy, somehow that person who we think we know so well suddenly becomes puzzling when it comes to gift buying.

Never fear! We asked several ShoeMoms what’s on their Mother’s Day wish list and put together the ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide to take the guessing out of shopping.

For the Mom with a Little Prep in Her Step…

Go for a classic look with a bit of a modern flair. These slip-ons from Clarks are the perfect transition shoe for the warmer months and would look chic paired with an easy-to-wear skirt like this seersucker number from Toad&Co. Plus, we know mom will appreciate it’s made from 100% organic cotton!

 

For the New Mama, a Little Stylish Comfort!

If she’s celebrating her first Mother’s Day this year, nothing beats a gift that makes her day a little easier – and more comfortable! The ultimate in organization, this Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag holds everything for both mom and baby in a backpack design that’s practical without sacrificing style. And for her feet? These Birkenstocks offer serious support for every stride, and the studded detailing shows mama’s still “got it.”

For the Easy Breezy Mom Who Goes with the Flow

Help her relax with laid-back pieces that are bound to become her weekend go-to’s this summer. A casual top made with breathable materials like this Prana shirt with flutter sleeves is the perfect alternative to a basic tee for running errands around town. And instead of just throwing on shabby sneakers, she’ll actually be excited to wear these fun leather sandals from Vionic, scientifically proven to alleviate heel pain.

 

For the On-the-Move Mama

Whether headed to the market or grabbing a coffee with some friends after yoga class, every woman needs a lightweight jacket that’s easy to wear and looks great on the fly. The “Do Everything” woven jacket from lucy lives up to its name, and works as a stand-alone coat or as part of a layered look. And for those days when it seems like she can’t find a minute to sit down, she’ll be singing your praises for adding these Dansko dreams to her closet.

For the Always-in-Style Mom

Feed her fashion addiction with leather lovelies that she’ll rock both for work and play. A hobo bag like this relaxed yet structured silhouette from Lodis stays on-trend and offers ample room for all the necessities without becoming bulky. And when paired with an equally luxurious pair of strappy sandals like these Cole Haan beauties, this duo goes from boardroom to PTA meeting to date night without missing a step.

Public Service Announcement: Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Moms deserve a day of pampering, so save yourself the stress of running around the night before – or forking over a TON of cash for an overpriced bouquet of flowers the day-of – by putting a little thought into what your mom would really appreciate.

Need more inspiration? These picks are sure to become some of mom’s new favorites.

From Gold to Silver, Flat to High, White to Black & More: Prom Shoes for Every Style

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These days, proms have morphed into milestone events – the Oscars, if you will, of high school. Fashion risks are taken and memories are made. And while every prom and every girl are different, for many, getting ready for the big night is half of the fun.

Here we’ve rounded up some of our favorite prom-stopping styles, with picks that range from classically pretty to the fantastically edgy. After all, the dress is really part of the look!

For a sleek silhouette, choose a pair of shoes that will up the ante without becoming distracting. Timeless doesn’t have to mean boring, so embrace a hot trend like lace-up or get glitzy without fear of risking future style regret. Plus, these styles so chic, they’re sure to be worn again!

If prom is your night to shine, burn baby, burn! Make a fashion statement with your shoes with bold colors, textures, and interesting designs that complement your outfit.

For a subtler look, a small heel or flats can add just as much pizzazz as their stiletto counterparts, and are particularly pretty when paired with an airy, Grecian inspired dress – not to mention, likely more comfortable.

Heels not your thing? We feel you. Kick it all night in a pair of high tops or sparkle in glitter sneakers that show you’re fashionable and fun. Did someone say after party?

Ladies, frost yourselves. A great clutch will hold your ticket, lip balm, and cell phone while you’re tearing up the dance floor, and the right jewelry can take a look from basic to prom queen without blowing your budget.

Whether you’re still shopping for the perfect gown or stressing over finding a date, rest assured your feet will win best dressed. Just don’t forget to thank us in your acceptance speech.

Stay safe and have fun!

Spring Running Guide

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Spring is a time of rejuvenation. We can shed heavy winter layers and really start moving again, and the promise of warmer weather can help kick start your workout. Read on for our spring running guide for our top picks to get you geared up, wherever you train!

 

For the Treadmill Runner

You live at the gym, and just because you have the warmth of your indoor running space all year round, doesn’t mean you can’t refresh your gear for spring!

For Her: The Asics FuzeX Lyte Running Shoe is lightweight and has amazing cushioning. The full ground contact outsole provides a smooth transition from heel to toe. It’s simply a great option for endless miles on a flat surface.

For Him: The New Balance 775v2 Running Shoe uses CUSH+ material to cradle your feet in comfort as you smoke your neighbors in that treadmill race.  

For the Trail Runner

Dense forests? No problem. Rocks? Easy. There’s no terrain or obstacle that can get in the way of your run. You need shoes that can keep up.

For Her: The Saucony Nomad TR Running Shoe is part of the brand’s Run Anywhere line. The outsole is engineered to adapt to all kinds of terrain and provides 3X more traction than standard rubber. This sneaker is durable and meant to last. With a sock-like fit and extra cushioning, we have a feeling you’ll be able to tackle even more out there.

For Him: Meet our newest athletic brand, Hoka One One! The Speedgoat Trail Running Shoe doesn’t mess around. The shoe’s inspiration was Karl Meltzer and the tough conditions of the Speedgoat 50k. Notable feature: Groundrubber toecap for increased toe protection, so along with cushioning everywhere else, you won’t have to worry about stubbing your toe on uneven ground.

 

For the Road Runner

You prefer fresh air to the gym any day. Now that it’s getting warmer out, you welcome your newly green neighborhood with open arms (and awesome kicks).

For Her: The Hoka One One Vanquish 2 Road Running Shoe is known for its extreme cushioning, perfect for a daily run on the streets. It provides a springy feel with lots of breathability and support.

For Him: New Balance Fresh Foam sneakers are always a fan favorite. The Fresh Foam 1080v6 Running Shoe is equipped with an Ortholite footbed and generous vamp, so that your entire foot is comfortable and can relax — no strain and no scrunched toes as you glide along.  

For the Race Runner

You’re in training mode. You’ve set your goals and aim to beat them. You need shoes that will go the distance.

For Her: The New Balance 1500v2 Running Shoe is built to run with you all the way to the finish line. This is a high-intensity shoe with a streamlined design that promises to deliver ultimate performance.

For Him: The Saucony Type A Running Shoe is constructed for long distance running (5K-half marathon recommended).  With its vibrant red, orange, and yellow, you can’t get a sneaker that looks more like a racing shoe, and acts like one too. The Type A is lightweight and strong to maximize speed and comfort.

 

Apparel

It’s warming up out there, but the mornings and evenings still have a bit of a chill. We recommend thinking in layers so you’re comfortable from the moment you head out the door to your final laps or speed work.

For Her: Start with a pair of good running socks; this is a must but is often overlooked, so choose a pair with strategic padding to prevent blisters and slipping. Ankle or calf-length leggings are a great option for spring’s tricky temperatures. Try a fun printed pair to get you excited about your run (hello palm trees!) or go for a trusty black pair to match any top (workout or otherwise). A good sports bra is important for every run; we like this CW-X option (as seen in The Wall Street Journal) – it’s breathable, adjustable, and ultra-supportive. When it comes to tops, a t-shirt with moisture wicking fabric is perfect for unpredictable weather. Layer a light windbreaker on top in a bright color to help ensure you stand out to cars and other runners. Bonus: This one folds up into the front pocket.

For Him: Socks are key for your run too, so don’t forget to invest in a few good pairs. A pair of warmer running pants will take you through the season’s chillier runs and longer, loose-fitting shorts will transition well into summer. This t-shirt from New Balance has sweat-activated cooling technology to keep you comfortable and dry. Top it off with a bright zip-up, which is sure to come in handy when running through spring showers.

 

Wherever you’re running this season, we can help you gear up for your goals!