Dressing simply can be an easy way to look stylish. During the summer, this involves investing in the basic shoe styles you are likely to wear most, such as minimalist sandals, breathable flats and comfortable sneakers. Here are a few tips for selecting the best summer shoes, including versions of all-weather footwear such as Sperry boat shoes, which come in textile versions in addition to leather. While canvas or fabric shoes are cooler than leather, leather or faux leather women’s shoes also come in simple styles featuring cut-outs or perforations.
Sandals set the standard for minimalist footwear. This shoe style tends to be more lightweight and reveal the top and sides of wearers’ feet. Minimalist sandals may have one or two thicker straps or a more complex design involving thin straps. This approach to design extends down from the upper to sole, making it important to ensure these shoes provide sufficient foot support.
Minimalist shoes are often comfortable for casual wear, but may become less so when walking long distances or running. Most shoes sold as minimalist tend to have less cushioning. Sandals that have completely flat soles may be less comfortable than styles with a slight heel. Factor in the design of soles and uppers when choosing minimalist sandals or a limited number of sandal styles.
Flats also show minimalist design to advantage. Some of the most on-trend women’s flats are updated takes on classic menswear styles such as loafers. These shoes may combine minimalist profiles and feminine detailing. Other popular styles include ballet-style flats and slip-ons. Make sure that your feet feel comfortable, even when swelling slightly in the heat. The best minimalist shoes for warm weather discourage the formation of blisters by allowing sweat to dry and providing cushioning in areas that could be prone to rub.
Minimalist flats are less likely to partake of current footwear trends toward bejeweled, brightly colored or patterned shoes. Flats tend to come in one or a limited combination of colors rather than juxtaposing many complementary or contrasting shades like some statement sneaker styles. It is also possible to find single color or simple, neutral sneakers for more active or casual wear.
A minimalist approach to sneakers may involve shoes with classic styling in neutral colors. When paired with a colorblocked or monochrome outfit, shoes in more vibrant shades can also have a minimalist effect. Footwear may feature minimalist style elements in design or support. Another popular approach to minimalist footwear, particularly in athletic shoes, involves styles that provide less cushioning to promote foot and leg muscle development. You can choose the extent to which sneakers or other shoes are minimalist in structure or style.
These shoe styles are all suitable for summer temperatures. The right footwear for any activity depends on any movement you plan to do and the weather conditions. These three shoe styles can be dressed up or down. Depending on your preferences, you may prefer heels, platforms or wedges that add height in place of sandals or flats for formal occasions.