One of the pleasures of warmer weather is being able to pull out the sandals and feel the sun on my toes. But perhaps your workplace doesn’t allow open-toed shoes, or you feel more comfortable with a more enclosed toe box.
Closed-Toe Shoes For Spring And Summer
I’ve rounded up styles that provide coverage, but still allow for some air flow, and won’t overpower your summer clothes. For this lineup, I’ve selected flat or low-heeled styles, and shoes with some sort of back. (I’ll cover mules in another post.)
Slingbacks have been on-trend for the last few seasons, and can be a workplace-friendly alternative to mules. I have these in black, and find them very comfortable. Plus, that strap is quite secure. This light coral suede adds a pop of subtle color. And it’s currently marked down!
Mustard yellow is a surprisingly versatile color for footwear, and this style is very well reviewed for both looks and comfort.
Always a classic, an espadrille-style shoe evokes sunny Mediterranean beaches. Yes, if you’re planning a visit to Spain or the Côte d’Azur, you should wait and buy them there. But for the rest of us, here are some fun options.
Wear this open-back style with everything from jeans to your favorite summer dress. That tiny bit of lift in the heel may be more comfortable for some than a flat. (Just a note, reviewers say sizing is inconsistent, so you may need to try multiple sizes to get the right fit.)
Snake print is on trend this season, and adds a little edge to a classic espadrille style.
A d’Orsay style keeps heels and toes covered, but still allows for plenty of air flow.
These get high marks for comfort. Red will perk up any outfit!
Loafers And Flats
Perforated leather styles offer the best of both worlds: coverage and breathability. There’s enough cushioning in this loafer to make it a travel wardrobe contender too.