~ Carrie Latet
As a born, bred and dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, I consider it a god-given right to live car-free and walk/jaywalk wherever I please. My one rule? I must look stylish doing it because I never know who I might meet along the way -- be it a fashion world colleague or a still-hot 60-something Jeremy Irons perusing the towels at Bed, Bath & Beyond. (He was wearing riding boots; I was in Calvin Klein platform sandals). So with summer fast approaching and with me being a sneaker-as-streetwear refusnick, my mission this week is to find stylish, lightweight, cute little summer shoes that can handle a 50-block walk or can be easily carried in bag should a quick change become necessary. The goal? To enhance street-wise allure and prevent one from being mistaken for an aerobics instructor on the lam. To do that, try these on for size.
Mon dieu! These striped espadrilles are so Brigitte Bardot on the Cote D’Azur in 1968, n’est pas? ($70 by Pink Studio). Can’t live without a bit of heel? A low-wedge espadrille will give you a lift ($19.50 by Old Navy).
Last year we bought 2 pairs of Fit Flops. This year, we’re buying two more, Swarovski bedazzled Rockstar ($200) and the Electra ($59.95). Um, is that a problem or true love? –Feeling groovy? Strut like Kate Moss in a pair of high-end hippie- style embellished sandals ($19.50 by Old Navy). – Pick up a pair of fold-up black flats with white trim for that touch of Audrey Hepburn ($55 by Yosi Samara). – How to pack three trends into one shoe? Start with a ballet flat in gold or silver, add a peep toe and a big flirty bow, and voila! ($98 by Banana Republic)
Six inches flatter and infinitely more walker-friendly than YSL’s $1,200 cage boot version, these glads (gladiators) are made for walking ($60 by Tuscan). Simply the girliest flats in town – the flirty and pretty, floral print ballet flat ($69.50 by Land’s End Canvas). Can’t live without a bit of heel? A low-wedge espadrille will give you a lift ($19.50 by Old Navy).
Good news fellas, Fit Flops has branched out into men’s shoes. Guess which ones the old man is getting for his birthday? A fairly demure, slightly dressy fisherman’s sandal is great for guys who um, don’t want to, or perhaps shouldn’t show off their toe cleavage ($159 by Bacco Bucci). Slick, contemporary, beachy but minimalist leather slip-ons. Think James Bond. These would fit right into that overnight bag he totes round the world.
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