Out of the Closet

Out of the Closet: 3 Fab, Feet-Saving Summer Sandals With Style

By Charlotte on April 7, 2014 3:02 PM

Warmer weather means it's time for new sandals, especially if you're a shoe-aholic like me. (Hello, my name is Charlotte and I can't resist shoes.) I'm lovin' these three, super cute new looks because, besides being right on trend, they're incredibly comfortable.

Prints Charming

Created with HGTV interior designer David Bromstad, Naturalizer's flower-powered Neila wedges will catch your eye while keeping your tootsies pain free. A fun way to wear heels, these stunning sandals will take you everywhere from casual Friday at the office to dinner with friends to Sunday brunch in style.

David created a fresh floral painting for Naturalizer much like he does for his clients on HGTV's Color Splash. Then he worked closely with Naturalizer designers to use the colorful print on the shoes and accessories in their new Bromstad collection.

Dressiest of the bunch, the Neila features David's playful pattern as well as of-the-moment ankle straps and a funky, just-the-right-size flower embellishment at the toe. These sassy sandals have a 3 1/2-inch heel (1 1/4 inches of that is platform) that ups the style of skinnies, shorts, sundresses and more.

Naturalizer's Neila wedge, shown in sand leather, features a playful print created by HGTV interior designer David Bromstad as well as of-the-moment ankle straps and a funky, flower embellishment.

Floral sandals - 600.jpgLoving their tropical vibe, I put these gems on as soon as they arrived for testing and wore them till bedtime. What a surprise! I walked up and down stairs, cooked dinner and even did laundry in those leg-lengthening heels without thinking about my feet. Made with Naturalizer's N5 comfort technology, they have oh-so-soft, padded insoles, non-slip bottoms and adjustable ankle straps so you can practically live in them.

The Neila comes in three, cheery color combos packed with personality. You can choose neutral sand or white leather with an orange, pink and purple floral fabric heel or beachy blue floral fabric on a raffia heel. Sizes go from 4 - 11 with medium and wide widths. ($89 at Naturalizer.com where shipping is free on orders over $200)

Life on the Wedge

The striking Cancun Adjustable Wedge has a killer look that won't kill your feet. Inspired by exotic island destinations, this strappy shoe is sensational for errands, exploring and shopping with the girls.

The wide toe straps hide my ugly bunions (the price of being 50+!) without aggravating them. The cute ankle straps adjust to so many different sizes they actually fit my skinny ankles without biting into them when I walk (a HUGE plus!) The shine-coated, faux wood-grain soles have a 1-inch platform that slopes to a 2 1/4-inch wedge, which is ever so easy to manage. And that's just the beginning.

A fierce fashion choice, these bronze Vionic with Orthaheel Technology feet savers have been shown to relieve aches and pains.

Leopard sandals - 600.jpgVionic with podiatrist-designed Orthaheel Technology, these feet savers have been shown to relieve aches and pains. They have what feels like a pillow-topped footbed and a light, flexible midsole that absorbs shock, reducing stress on feet, ankles and knees. Made for hours and hours of comfort, the Orthaheel design even helps avoid heel, knee and lower-back pain. Ahhhh!

With bronze toe straps, color-blocked leopard-and-brown ankle straps and cork heels, the bronze color makes a fierce fashion choice. For something tamer, you can go fuchsia toe straps with color-blocked tan and bronze ankle straps and a fuchsia-and-ivory-print raffia wedge or black straps with a black-and-ivory-patterned raffia heel. Available in whole sizes 5 - 11; half sizes should order the next size down. ($139.95 at Vionicshoes.com where you can get free shipping by joining the email list)

Busy Day Dream

Just the thing for busy days, Sanuk's feet-pampering Yoga Slingshot flip flops will leave you smilin'. Stylish straps with two-way stretch make them a breeze to slip on and off (no buckles!) while Sanuk's special Yoga Mat footbed keeps things unbelievably cushy.

Sanuk's Yoga Slingshot flip flops, shown in indigo, have an unbelievably cushy footbed. 

Blue Pool Sandals - 600.jpgI fell for this laid-back brand last fall when testing their Horizon Primo booties. After living in those cuties all winter, I couldn't wait to try these summer-rific sandals. Now I reach for them first thing every morning. They're perfect at the beach, by the pool and around town, especially when you have one of those days when you never sit down.

If you like basics, go for the solid black, natural or my favorite indigo Yoga Slingshots. For something edgier, try one of the four gotta-have-'em prints ... zebra, cheetah (Yes!), grey snake or natural snake. Sizes range from 5 - 11. ($36 for solids; $38 for prints at Sanuk.com where you get free shipping on orders over $35 and free returns)

Perfect at the beach, by the pool and around town, Sanuk's Yoga Slingshots come in great prints like cheetah.

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We'd like to shout out a big "Thank You" to the brands in this post for providing free samples for review and testing.


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