We tend to think of summer as “sandal season,” and may look forward to the feeling of fresh air and 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).
This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. I’ve left prior comments in place.
Above: these raffia oxfords (similar on sale) are comfortable even on the warmest days.
Shoes with breathable uppers, open sides, and/or cutouts will be the most comfortable in the heat. I found a good selection this season, and had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few styles to feature! There are a bunch more in the widget at the bottom of the post, so be sure to have a look.
More closed-toe summer shoes
Fisherman sandals may or may not count as “closed-toe” in your world, but this style does provide good coverage. (Also available in black.)
Here’s a cute slip-on flat that’s very well-rated for comfort and comes in a bunch of colors. (I had a pair a couple of years ago and can co-sign on the comfort, am thinking about trying this sneaker style.)
Espadrilles are a timeless summer shoe style. Lemon prints are on trend this season, and how cute are these? (I have a similar pair that I wear often in summer.)
The eyelet on these d’Orsay espadrilles is a fun detail that provides a little extra ventilation.
If you prefer espadrilles with a leather upper, here’s one that still allows plenty of air circulation. (Also available in Chili and Black.)