If you need insight into the most valuable items in your closet, think about what you would pack for a busy trip. Since most of us have limited space and laundry facilities when we travel, we tend to pack our most practical clothing and accessories. I’ve mentioned my favorite types of travel clothing before (wrinkle-free, lightweight and washable) so today I’ll focus on shoes. These are my 3 most practical summer shoes; ones I’ll pack on our family trips and wear most often this summer…
Vacations often involve walking, so you’ll want a comfortable pair of shoes. I just picked up these Teva Tirra sandals to replace an old pair that I bought over ten years ago (yikes!) They’re lightweight, cushioned, and molded so they’re a good alternative to sneakers. They are also quick drying (in case you get caught in the rain or like to walk in rocky streams). I also love that the straps are adjustable. When we were in Europe last year, the heat (and lack of air-conditioning) made my feet swell so much that I thought I’d have to cut my shoes open to get them out!
Teva’s Elzadha and
Can you wear Teva sandals everywhere? Obviously, you wouldn’t want to wear them to an upscale restaurant or formal event, but Tevas are no longer just for hikes and other outdoor activities. Teva inspired shoes were all over the fashion runways for Spring, and have been spotted on models and celebrities as the new fashion-meets-non-fashion sandals. (Birkenstock’s Gizeh sandals once held this coveted role). Wear your Tevas with summer dresses, jumpsuits, shorts or cropped pants.
The last time I walked into a DSW store, I could hardly find a shoe that wasn’t an espadrille or espadrille-inspired. Just be aware that the rope braid on espadrilles can get dirty pretty quickly, so wipe them down as often as you can. I’ve still included them in my practical summer shoes as they look cute with almost everything from floaty summer dresses to denim shorts and tanks. Depending on your office environment, they may be appropriate for casual days at work too.
I found my shoes at an L.K. Bennett store in Chicago. Sadly, their U.S. stores are closing, but if you are in the U.K. you’ll still be able to find them there.
I bought closed-toe shoes for cooler days, and weeks when I don’t have the time or energy for a self-pedicure. If you prefer sandals, try Stuart Weitzman’s Summer 85 or the more affordable Splendid Fairfax.
For dressier occasions, I always travel with some nude wedge sandals. They go with everything, offer more support than pencil heels, and elongate your legs. These are the Ann Taylor
Your 3 Practical Summer Shoes
What are your 3 most practical summer shoes? Send me a comment below to let me know
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