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style + fashion

the art of getting dressed.

flat out chic

Caitlin Surakitbanharn

summer is approaching, and our well-manicured feet are yearning to break free from our boots.  however, summer footwear is always a challenge, especially for us city-dwellers who have to deal with dirty streets.  ga-ross.  there are many choices..flip-flops, flats, wedges sandals, flat sandals, stilettos sandals....the list goes on, but the line must be drawn in the sand... flip flops are only for the beach, ladies (and gents too!).

we're all guilty of wearing flip flops wayyy too often, and the dark truth is..not only do they make your feet filthy, but they're terrible for your feet!  the "flip-flop" motion causes most of us to scrunch our toes to keep them in place, which stretches the plantar fascia, the uber-important muscle that stretches from our toes to our heels, and this causes pain, inflammation, and can cause heel-spurs, bunions, and blisters (ga-ross, x3!)  doctors have also found that flip flops cause wearers to change their gait and turn their ankles inward, which can lead to knee and hip problems.  long story short...banish those rubber nightmares from your daily summer shoe rotation and save them for the beach!!

there are plenty of chic summer shoe options that are healthier for your feet, and still keep them cool, filth-free and happy.

Giuseppe Zanotti zip-back sandals.  adorable, feminine, and supportive! available at bergdorfs


Jimmy Choo mesh cage platform sandal.  a 4 inch heel, yes, but the straps hold your foot in securely, which makes walking a breeze, and the peep-toe lets you show of your glossy Chanel pedicure...and hello, Jimmy Choo? Chicistan. available at bergdorfs

espadrilles are a classic summer stand-by, and these Stuart Weitzman crocheted ankle strap beauties are perfect with a pair of summer's hottest high-waisted shorts and a breezy chiffon Marc Jacobs blouse.  and huge Dior sunglasses and wavy summer hair spritzed with Davines salt spray.  whoops, sorry, had a major visionary moment there.... these are also available at bergdorfs

yellow is one of our favorite colors and these Balenciaga Arena thong sandals are making us kvell!  a slightly, slightly wedged heel and an adjustable yellow strap...hello lover.  available at barneys.


and finally, our favsies... flats!!!  Lanvin in particular, but any brightly colored flat is the last word in chic for hot summer days!  Lanvin makes the best punchy colors and exotic prints, but truth-be-told, we don't care if they're crafted by Alber or from Steve Madden... a cute pair of flats is the sweetest touch to a great summer dress!  available at nordstroms.

as you can see... lots of options!  no excuses, ladies!  save those Haviana flip flops for poolside in Miami and Hamptons beach weekends...your feet will thank you!