My very first summer in Chicago has been nothing short of glorious. Clear blue skies, bright sunshine, and a city ripe for the exploring. Who could ask for more?
Well for someone like myself with super flat feet and the sometimes-painful issues that go with that, I’d have to admit that a pair of comfortable yet cute shoes would be nice.
This summer I’ve done a LOT of walking around the city, and I’ve had to try out several different kinds of shoes before I found that perfect combination of both cute and comfortable. So without further ado, here are my top shoes of the summer, in no particular order.
Birkenstock Madrid. I think Birkenstock gets a tarnished name among snooty types who like to get on their high horses about fashion. The brand is beloved by hippies and outdoorsy types for a reason – they are durable and comfortable, and you can walk for a long time in these shoes without feeling the pain. The Madrid sandals follow the shape of the original, and promises to tone your foot and calf muscles while improving circulation. That means these shoes take have some getting used to, but I’m a fan of the fit, the look, and the range of colors! These aren’t grungy hippie sandals sold only in earth tones, y’all. Birkenstock has stepped up their game and these sandals are available in everything from black patent to bright citrus yellow. I was sent a pair of the Onyx color and I LOVE it – its a slightly shimmer pewter. Not boring, not grungy. I’ve worn these to concerts, to the park, just going shopping on a weekend with jeans or long skirts – even the right minidress. Cute, comfortable…love em.
Chinese Laundry flats. I’ve been an admirer of Chinese Laundry for a while and I’ve bought several pairs of their shoes over the years. But only recently did I discover 6pm.com, which can best be described as shopping crack. I can’t stay OFF this site. They have frequent, deeply percentaged sales on top brands. So thanks to my addiction to 6pm.com, yours truly was able to get a super cute pair of Chinese Laundry flats for $10. I didn’t realize at the time that they would turn out to be the most comfortable flats EVER. Not the cutest photo and I don’t know the name of these even…but if you see these for sale at your local TJ Maxx, Marshalls, whatever – try them and then buy them, cause they rock!
Puma ballerina flats. For years my best friend Jenny was telling me, girl get yourself some Puma flats. See, Jenny lives in New York City and walks EVERYWHERE. So while we may not share the same feet issues, she knows how important a pair of cute, comfy flats can be. Puma ballerina flats are light, flexible, and sporty-chic. I own a pair that has an adorable ruffle near the toe and I get compliments whenever I wear them! I’ve currently got my eye on the Saba Sequins ballerina – they’re sporty yet dressy and look super comfy! (I’m waiting for them to pop up on 6pm.com!)
My quest for the perfect comfortable shoe will continue into other seasons, but these were my top picks of the summer and I’ve been practically living in these shoes. What are your summer shoe favorites? Share with me!