Style Hunt: Closed-Toe Summer Shoes

Susan B wears Clergerie Birdie raffia oxfords. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

We tend to think of summer as “sandal season,” and may look forward to the feeling of sun on our toes. But for those who either need or prefer a closed-toe alternative to sandals, here are a few suggestions for summer shoes (that won’t make your feet swelter).

Above: these raffia oxfords (more sizes of this style available here) are comfortable even on the warmest days.

Schutz woven leather loafers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Good air flow will help keep your feet cooler. If you want or need a full-coverage shoe, keep an eye out for styles in woven or perforated leather. I really like the look of these loafers!

Miista woven leather pump. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

https://rstyle.me/+dpBfeWXnsjV7HGn-AHDImQThese woven leather pumps would work equally well with a dress or jeans.

Trask Ali perforated leather loafers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This style is offered in several colors, and is well-reviewed for comfort.

Ilse Jacobsen Tulip slip-ons in Raspberry. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Commenter Ann mentioned this style (Ilse Jacobsen). They’re really cute and budget-friendly, and offered in several colors. Well-reviewed too!

Vaneli Qabic perforated leather loafer in cork finish. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I just love the cork-look finish on these!

L'Amour des Pieds Himar perforated leather sneaker. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

These are fun and sporty! (Also available in black).

AGL crochet sneakers in red. Details and more closed-toe summer shoes at une femme d'un certain age.

These crochet sneakers are offered in four colors, but I think the red is such fun! (And they’re currently 40% off!)

Patricia Nash Elena slip on in gold perforated leather. Details and more closed-toe summer shoes at une femme d'un certain age.

I love shoes with a metallic finish, and find them so versatile!

Toni Pons Caldes canvas espadrilles. Details and more closed-toe summer shoes at une femme d'un certain age.

Espadrilles are a classic and comfortable choice. This style is available in several colors, and gets rave reviews!

Toni Pons Noa striped espadrille. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s one with a lower heel, and in a fun rainbow stripe.

Soludos shibori print espadrille. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This cool Shibori print puts a modern spin on a classic style.

Vionic Robyn perforated ballet flats in silver. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Ballet flats are making a comeback. Here’s a pair that actually has some arch support! More colors available.

More Closed-Toe Shoes For Summer

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34 Comments

  1. NJ
    May 13, 2020 / 4:26 am

    Love the closed toe…espec. when pedicures do not seem possible in the near future but wish more had removable insoles. I only saw one that said they had this and OF COURSE…HAHA… they had to be the AGL which are over my budget.

  2. RoseAG
    May 13, 2020 / 4:50 am

    Very timely. I’ve been thinking that when we do go back out that I am going to want something to cover my feet. It’s a dirty world out there.

  3. SuD
    May 13, 2020 / 6:10 am

    Nice selection for the summer.

  4. Holly Beaver
    May 13, 2020 / 6:25 am

    Do you wear the Clergerie platforms? It seems as if they would go with everything in the spring. Do people comment on them as they would certainly stand out!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 6:34 am

      Hi Holly, yes, I wore them often last summer, and plan to again this year. They do go with everything, and I do receive lots of compliments on them. (They’re also comfortable as heck! 😉 )

  5. May 13, 2020 / 6:47 am

    I got some raffia mules at Target for only $25. I figure they will last as long as the raffia shoe trend lasts.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 6:55 am

      I don’t think of raffia as particularly trendy, more seasonal. But now I shop for my style personality rather than trends, and I know I’ll get years of wear from these shoes.

  6. Susan D.
    May 13, 2020 / 7:03 am

    Thank you for this post. Since I have to wear heavy medical stockings all the time, I also have to wear closed toe shoes. I struggle a bit to find summer styles that don’t weight down whatever I’m wearing. You have give me some great examples to peruse!

  7. Ann (normally in KC)
    May 13, 2020 / 7:30 am

    I learned about my favorite closed-toe summer shoes (besides my multiple 8 Euro espadrilles/alpargatas from Madrid) on this very blog! Ilse Jacobsen, Tulip style. I knew my espadrilles wouldn’t work for our trip to Ireland last summer and the Tulips were a wonderful replacement. Extremely comfortable and I got all kinds of compliments last year while in Ireland – I packed them again when I headed over in March, knowing I was probably here for a while. https://www.ilsejacobsen.com/ie/en/footwear/shoes/flats/ The style I’m referring to is called “flats” on the website. I’ve seen them referred to as “Tulip” in the US. Huge THANK YOU to the original commenter last summer who pointed me in this direction!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 7:35 am

      Hi Ann, thanks for the reminder! It doesn’t look like that website ships to the US, but I’ve found them at Zappos HERE.

  8. Anon
    May 13, 2020 / 7:43 am

    If you are like me, ballet flats never went away. I agree with the other reader about this summer being a good time for closed-toe shoes. I’m also thinking about sitting on public benches and chairs. Do I want my bare legs to touch public surfaces? No. Other people’s sweat…Hemlines for dresses will be midi or longer for me. Bare arms? No. I’ll add a lightweight layer to my sleeveless tops. This is the summer of dressing modestly, for self-preservation. Style may change because of this, at least for a few years. And yes, I plan to Lysol my outdoor footwear after each use.

    • TURNER
      May 15, 2020 / 6:28 am

      Ballet flats are a staple for me too. Love them.

  9. Lauren
    May 13, 2020 / 8:01 am

    I like the look of these “air conditioned shoes” but I am wondering about how they would feel on my foot…..are they rough on the inside? I sure do not want blisters from the surface inside being rough….just can’t tell by looking what I would feel sticking my foot inside…

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 8:06 am

      I’ve found my raffia pair quite comfortable, no blisters or rubbing. I think it depends on our individual feet, and the fit of the shoes. Many of the styles I’ve shown here have good reviews for comfort.

    • Joyce Hodge
      May 13, 2020 / 1:21 pm

      I also have these Clergerie rafia brogues and love them. My feet are very fussy but no rubbing or blisters from day one.

  10. Luanne
    May 13, 2020 / 8:35 am

    The link for the woven leather pumps does not work.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 8:37 am

      Thanks, I just tested and it worked for me. What happens when you click the link?

    • Luanne
      May 13, 2020 / 10:46 am

      Message: Safari can’t open the link, can’t establish a secure connection with bloomingdales.com. All other links work.

      • Susan Blakey
        Author
        May 13, 2020 / 10:51 am

        Thanks again! That’s odd. Let me see what I can figure out. In the meantime, here’s an alternate link you can try: https://bit.ly/2Ar8Cf5

  11. May 13, 2020 / 10:08 am

    Love the post…Of course, I’ve never met an oxford or a loafer I didn’t fall in love with.
    I adore the cork – I think that was my favorite. And personally, I’m not a sandal girl.
    Although I did read about wearing socks with certain sandals and flats, ala the 1940s.
    I like the look with the right outfit!.
    Great blog, thanks

  12. May 13, 2020 / 10:57 am

    LOVE the Ilse Jacobsen sneakers – have in 2 colors. Super comfy and cool.

  13. Briar Gregory
    May 13, 2020 / 11:24 am

    This Southern Hemisphere summer I had two pairs of open-weave oxfords with thick comfortable soles and one had cut-outs on the sides. They were soo comfortable that I hardly wore sandals. I wore them with everything and they looked just as good with dresses as pants or shorts.

  14. May 13, 2020 / 12:05 pm

    Never thought of such shoes. Iove the first raffia Oxfords.
    Greetje

  15. Claire
    May 13, 2020 / 12:20 pm

    I can recommend the Ilse Jacobsen shoes. I’ve bought these in different colours the past 2 summers and worn them almost constantly. Plan to buy the above colour this year, and replacement navy ones. Incredibly comfortable. Much admired. I would suggest buying a size down – they do stretch a bit.

  16. Mary Alice
    May 13, 2020 / 1:12 pm

    I just ordered the oxfords you’re wearing in the big picture. They only had a couple sizes left, and I snagged the last pair in my size!!!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 1:22 pm

      Oh, I’m glad you were able to get them in your size! I hope you love them!

  17. Kay
    May 13, 2020 / 1:18 pm

    I love those Ilse Jacobsens. I might need to buy the pink.

  18. Cher
    May 13, 2020 / 1:46 pm

    40% off of any AGL shoe is a must buy!!!!
    If I didn’t already have pink and red summer shoes, those pink ones would be going in my cart.

  19. Deborah
    May 14, 2020 / 2:44 pm

    My favorite shoes last summer were my Toni Pons espadrille wedges (closed toe). The criss-cross elastic straps give you good stability, and the lack of ankle strap visually lengthens the leg. Nordstrom has them, many on sale. Trying to choose which color/pattern to get for this summer!

  20. Penny Fedorczenko
    May 17, 2020 / 5:55 am

    The oxfords just say “old lady” to me and I am 72.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      May 17, 2020 / 6:12 am

      You say that like it’s a bad thing… 😉 Seriously though, I really wish we could get away from using “old lady” as a term of disparagement. There are far more accurate and descriptive words aren’t ageist.

  21. Jan Whichard
    May 19, 2020 / 9:20 am

    I meant to comment on this post. I would urge everyone to check out Allbirds for some fun colors in their Tree Birds! I have 3 pairs of the wool and one pair I just bought of the tree and will buy the gorgeous blue color that just came out. I don’t have any relationship with this company….I have fussy feet and these are great. Perfect “drop” for those who can’t wear flat sneakers.

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