Styling a Classic: Tevas for Summer

You’re looking for a comfortable sandal to take you through the dog days of summer. But you also want something trendy. With this summer’s fresh styles from Teva, we’re loving this brand for both. With leathers, metallic, fresh stripes and patterns, white soles, wedges and flatforms, rest assured, we’re not talking sport sandals here or what you may have worn to camp decades ago (though we do love a good trek through the urban jungle in ours).

Take a look at some great ways to pair these warm-weather must-haves with a little flair for a summer style that can go from every day to vacation, and that can take you from beach to brunch, to, well, pretty much anywhere you want to go! And don’t just take our word for it, editors from Refinery29 and Shape, fashion bloggers and Instagrammers alike are all rocking Tevas this summer, too.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Check out the entire Teva Collection!  All post photos found here.

How to Spend 4th of July in Style

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Patriotism, BBQs & beach days are some of the things that come to mind when we think of the Fourth of July. With the holiday quickly approaching, you also want to plan the perfect outfit that matches the occasion.  If you want to show your American pride, but don’t want to go overboard, we have a few ideas to help you – with styles you’ll love all summer long!

Classic and casual make for the perfect outfit for a day like the Fourth of July.  From canvas sneakers and slip-ons that are right on trend to a great tote bag to take you from the beach to the BBQ, adding in just a little of the red, white and blue can be a great way to look festive.

 

You may also want to consider a few top summer styles with a twist for the holiday. For guys, the boat shoe is always a win, however this summer, you may want try canvas! For women, a stylish espadrille is a fun choice and will likely be one of your go-tos for the rest of the summer.

  And of course, you may want to show off your colors beyond your shoes. From the perfect V-neck t-shirt to “mix & match” bathing suits or a baseball cap to top off your look, you can really have fun. (Stylist suggestion: Red, white & blue flip-flops are a fun way to add to your beach look!)

 

 

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate, you can up the ante with a pair of kicks that really celebrate the day. We love these and think they’ll look great paired with pretty much anything from white jeans to shorts all summer long – so you’re not limited to wearing them just for one day.

 

Have your fireworks look ready? Show us your patriotic flair on Instagram @shoebuydotcom with #myshoebuy and we’ll pick a few to share.

Blogger Spotlight: AllieWears

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Check out one of our favorite bloggers, AllieWears. Read on to see how Allie goes from casual daytime to nighttime with some of the trendiest sandals of the summer!

 

 

Allie’s styles the Dolce Vita Amina Sandal with classic black skinny jeans and a trendy long maxi tank. She pulls the look together with a cool pair of sunglasses and a tote bag. This outfit is perfect for a lunch date or a stroll with friends thanks to the comfortable block heel.

 

Cute and comfortable, the Lucky Brand Honeyy Toe Loop Sandals are the perfect casual shoe for any summer look; take a style cue from Allie and pair them with an easy summer dress. As she points out in her post, these sandals go with everything!

 

Even Allie agrees that everyone needs a staple black sandal for the summertime. Allie opted for the Dolce Vita Lyndon Cage Sandal paired with a casual LBD (little black dress). Use these to dress up your summer look or swap these in to take your look from day to night.

For more stylish looks from Allie, check out her blog and her Instagram account.

Father’s Day Gifts to Help Dad Relax

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How does your dad like to relax? Is he a “gotta keep moving” kind of guy, or a sit back with a good book sort of man? Whatever helps the dads in your life unplug and recharge, Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show them just how much you appreciate all that they do (and also a good time to gently suggest he replace those raggedy pair of shoes worn for the last decade with a new – yet classic – style bound to be loved just as much).

For the seafaring dude, and even for the guys who would prefer to stay on land, boat shoes are a must-have, especially for the warmer weather. This iconic style from Sperry is a summer staple, and makes for a polished yet casual look when paired with airy linen pants or shorts.  

For the man who’s constantly moving, whether he’s packing up the car for a weekend at the beach or running to the grocery store for a second package of hot dogs, freshen up his go-to look with a crisp Lacoste polo and a new pair of Converse sneakers.

For the sand castle king, ensure hours of ocean fun with the only two things that he’ll need: swim trunks and a great pair of Reef flip-flop sandals with its signature, hidden church key to open his beverage of choice.  

For the guy who would rather be home, nothing says “thank you” quite like moccasin slippers that he’ll wear for years to come. And for those lazy days when real pants aren’t quite required, a pair of jogger sweatpants provides just enough style without sacrificing any comfort.

For the golfing gent, a snazzy pair of golf shoes might just be what he needs to break par, while a handy golf cooler keep drinks cool or food warm during those long days on the links.  

For the athletic fella, gear for his goals is always a welcome gift. And since equipment like running shoes need to be replaced regularly, it’s a great idea to return to year after year!

 

Browse our full collection of Father’s Day gift inspiration to show dad just how much he means to you – however he kicks back!

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 

Are you ready for the season? Share your sandal style with us @shoebuydotcom on Instagram with #myshoebuy.

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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.

How to: Make Comfort Cute

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Here at ShoeBuy, we are firm believers that comfort and style can exist in the same shoe. Our friends at Teen Vogue seem to agree. In the March 2016 issue, the story “The New Normal” explores the endless styling possibilities with normcore pieces (specifically shoes) or as they call them, “Refined versions of the everyday staples.” Read on to view the shoot, and click the images to shop your favorites at ShoeBuy!

 

 

As we all know, Birkenstocks are no longer just hippie shoes – with celebrities and fashionistas rocking the look, every shoe wardrobe needs a pair. The comfortable footbed is perfect for any activity, even if it’s just meeting up with some friends for the afternoon or for walking around town. The Boston (left) is a great transitional clog that will be perfect for spring. The Arizona (right center) is the classic sandal to replace your old flip-flops. Upgrade! They look great with everything from distressed jeans to an airy maxi dress.

 

 

Clarks is known for their craftsmanship and their comfortable shoes, but this season, their trendy options are really catching our eye. The Wallabee (left) originated as a men’s shoe, but is now also made for women and kids. Menswear-inspired shoes are huge this spring, so why not buy some that you can actually wear all day? Rock them with long funky socks if you’re daring!

 

 

Crocs are seriously comfortable shoes – you’ll never want to take them off! They are also waterproof, ideal for all sorts of outdoor adventures. Plus, the Classic Clogs come in just about every color you can think of, so you can show off your personal style with a bright pop of color. Take a cue from Teen Vogue and pair them with a cool skirt. The brand carries other styles with the same classic look, so be sure to check out the whole collection!

We think comfy shoes have more staying power than most footwear trends because, well – your feet will thank you. How do you wear normcore?

 

All images courtesy of TeenVogue.com