Sunday at the Farmers Market in Clawson, I sat in the Friends of booth, and noticed a wide variety of footwear sported by shoppers. The most popular, however, is the flip-flop. With each step I saw toes cringing in pain; the thin straps and flimsy soles hardly support the foot and are truly designed for treks to the pool. With the Farmers Market, strolls around the neighborhood, and Lions Club Car Show in mind here is a list of my favorite fashionable, sensible, and affordable summer shoe solutions. Your feet will thank you!
- Toms $44-68
My personal favorite from this list is the classic canvas Tom. Not only are they the most comfortable shoe I own, but also one of the most practical. While Toms come in many prints, colors, and fabrics, my grey Toms go with every outfit effortlessly. Toms can be worn with jeans, skirts, even wedding dresses – that’s right, Toms has a special collection made for brides. Perhaps the greatest aspect of Toms, the one for one concept, that is, for every pair of Toms purchased, one is given away to a child in need. In fact, April 5 is “A Day Without Shoes," an event organized to bring perspective to those who have never had to go without shoes except for a day at the beach. The way I look at it, I bought a $22 pair of shoes and made a $22 donation.
- Havaianas $28
If you just can’t live without your flops, try this modification by Havaianas. The gold design is classic and will act as a neutral in your wardrobe. The ankle strap gives your ankle support without rubbing and creating friction that leads to blisters. Nor will you suffer from stress fractures that are popular with flip-flop fans.
- Keds $35
There is something to be said about a classic tennis shoe, the timeless style can be seen on children and adults. From a clean and crisp white to the navy that goes with everything, Keds are durable staple for any shoe collection.
- Sling-back Flats $36.95
Ballet flats are always a go-to, but during the summer a sling back can offer room for your feet to breathe and insures the perfect fit. No more pinching your toes and rubbing your heels the wrong way! This flat from Guess is in a bright summer yellow that will pair perfectly with a sunhat.
- Boat shoes $45.99-125
A longtime favorite of many, boating shoes offer comfort anywhere and are perfect for the summer months. Boat shoes from Sperry Topsiders come in a variety of shapes and colors, so everyone is bound to find their perfect fit. Boat shoes can be neutral, in Sperry’s classic color, or in wild animal prints and shimmery silver.
- Moccasins $37-85
Mocs have always been known for their comfort, but the fringed styles make them irresistible for summer and fall. The Minnetonka moc is best known, and for good reason, they are the best in the biz when it comes to a wide variety of styles material. The most expensive moccasins are moose hide, but the simple tan, brown, and even the purple variety come in at cool $37.
- Espadrilles $29.95
These flats combine two of the greatest trends this season, lace and espadrilles. While denim dye may transfer to the shoe, the espadrille is made to complete the quintessential summer sundress look. Just under $30, the lace look is affordable so you won’t feel bad when you tuck them away at the end of the season.
For those tricky wedges and heels that you just can't give up, try a friction block stick. Apply it to areas where the shoe can create blisters and walk on.