It took me a long time to warm up to metallic footwear (and other accessories) thanks to early childhood indoctrination from my mother who railed against them as “looking cheap.” Later, I came to associate them with a certain outdated, frumpy style. But metallics are back and seem to be here to stay, and I’m finding that metallic sandals and shoes can be an incredibly versatile footwear option, can freshen and lighten up an outfit, and fill the same role as a nude shoe, but with more oomph. I like the balance of shine and subtlety in the softer, brushed metallics as shown above, but a streamlined mirrored metallic style can be perfect with more minimalist outfits.
- This Dune London embellished sandal would be the perfect thing to wear to an outdoor wedding or festive summer occasion (especially if you’ll be walking or standing on grass…no worrying about those heels sinking in!). But I can also picture these with jeans or chinos and a simple white tee to channel some Casual Glamour. Mixing your casual and dressy pieces looks very modern, and allows you to get more wear from both.
- If your travel plans include some warm-weather destinations, I’d recommend giving this lightweight Ecco sandal a try. I’ve traveled with a similar style (though in black) a few times now and found them comfortable for all-day-on-foot sightseeing. The metallic color can go from day to evening seamlessly. I’ve found that when it comes to walking sandals, if you’re between sizes it’s best to go with the smaller for a better and snugger fit.
- I can’t rave enough about these Paul Green open toe booties, and you’ll be seeing them in an outfit post soon. I first became aware of these thanks to Angie at You Look Fab, and they live up to the rave reviews. They are not inexpensive, but look smashing and as with most Paul Green shoes, are comfortable right out of the box. They’re great with jeans, but I can also see them working with rolled chinos, a dress, pencil skirt or cropped trousers.
- A modern take on a classic espadrille, these from Clark’s have just enough wedge to give a lift, but not enough to make them difficult for walking. Pair these with a full skirt for a Grace Kelly vibe. They’re currently marked down and as of this writing, still available in a full range of sizes.
Are you a fan of metallic footwear? Any favorite styles?
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