If you spend all year in Calgary you know that joyous moment we wait for all year; when it finally feels like summer. It is a time full of evenings spent waiting in ridiculously long line ups at Village Ice Cream or Made by Marcus, anxiously awaiting those 10 crazy days in July and spending your weekends floating down the Bow River. Even more exciting is the opportunity to update your wardrobe for those warmer days. And why not spend a fraction of the cost, by shopping with us! When looking for those staples to get you through the Summer, make sure you don’t overlook new shoes to go with all those sundresses and cutoffs.
Here are our picks for essential summer footwear!
by Ceilidh McConnell
Comfy Yet Stylish Sneakers
Over the past few years the clean, white sneaker has been everywhere and while we love that, we are happy to see the trend shifting more towards bright colours and prints! Like the sneakers pictured below, we love a pair that is able to add a bright pop of colour to a basic outfit. Or if your outfit already has a feature piece that is a bright colour, add a sneaker in the same colour which really pulls the whole outfit together.
Flatform – The Sandal That Does It All
Have you heard? Platforms are on their way out and their more down to earth cousin, the flatform, is here to stay. Flatforms are really the ideal summer shoe; they are so comfortable but are still able to give you some height making them the perfect shoe to wear as you stroll around town on your hunt for the best patio spot. Plus they are so versatile, the flatform can transition you from work to dinner, and are even beach appropriate.
Not Your Grandma’s Kitten Heel
Often when thinking of a kitten heel the word “dated” comes to mind. But not anymore. Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Dior and many more have brought back the kitten heel and we are in love. It is a shoe that can add some glamour to nearly any outfit making it the perfect choice to dress up a simple wide-leg pant or neutral skirt. We suggest finding a pair that has a modern flare. This can be accomplished with a brightly coloured heel or one that is a unique texture, such as lace.
When thinking of Summer boots, we Calgarians tend to think of the cowboy boot, which is great for Stampede, but what about the rest of the Summer? A little wedge ankle boot is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe for those rainy days we are bound to get. When looking for a boot for the warmer months we love lighter colours such as a pale pink or pastel blue. Plus you can repeat this piece in your outfits throughout the year when you are looking for a pop of colour. If you want your pair to have a extra Summer feel, find a pair with a peep toe to show off your cute summer pedicure!
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