Mamas!! We had a random 80 degree day a week(ish) ago. I know!!! It was fabulous. Raines amused himself with the hose outside (God, five year olds are easy) while I snuggled Pax down for a nap. You know those really restful naps? The lazy summer kind, where the windows are wide open, the sunlight pours in, and you can hear the bees buzzing and smell summer with every breath?
Sadly, the next day was back to the rain/50 degrees/blah/dreariness that has defined this Spring. But I smelled it, Mamas. Summer is coming.*
*Draugelis family motto, right up there with Army of Lovers.
Since there are very few ways that I can stand to "accessorize" in summer (quotes are intentional – I barely accessorize in summer)…sandals make up a key part of my summer momiform. My summer sandals must be cute and comfy, and extra points for an element of cool. Here are fifteen of my current favorites. (I really couldn't narrow it down!)
1. Wanted Acapulco in Tan, $49
The slight gold accents are like jewelry for your feet: subtle, yet pretty.
2. Birkenstock Cairo in Toffee, $90
Hello, darlings. You've been missed. Welcome home.
3. Madewell Whistlestop Sandal, $138
I bought these last year, and they are shockingly comfortable for a sandal with very little footbed padding. I have worn these walking around Philly with the kids. They make my outfit. You can see them in action here.
4. Naya Helena Sandal, $120
This sandal comes in three ever-so-slightly different shades of nude. Now that's dedication to the shade! [slow clap....clap....clap] Also? One of the reviewers called these a "great walking shoe". BAM.
5. French Connection Vicky Sandal, $115
Soft and gorgeous and nude. Yesssss. (My husband's three favorite things.)
6. Salt Water Sandals for Women, $40ish
The navy ones seem to have disappeared off the internets, except for the manufacturer's link above. However, if you'd rather have any other color (red, yellow, silver, perhaps?), then Zappos has a good selection. I bought a red pair last summer (here's the full review) and love them still.
7. Lucky Brand Covela, $69
Mint? And silver? With a cork bottom? I'm in.
8. Kork-Ease Yvette, $135
I'm kind of a sucker for a good ankle-wrap strap. And the navy here is gorgeous. But if you still aren't convinced, they also come in tan. I'm talking to you, you wild and crazy tan-loving Mama!
9. Madewell Hole-Punch Sandal, $90
So cute, so sweet, so comfy. Seriously – the footbed is nice and padded. LOVE THESE. (Yup, tan also. For the same wild and crazy bunch.)
10. Ted Baker Ballena Sandal, $150
What could be wrong with a neon strap, mirrored toe, and padded footbed? Answer: NOTHING.
11. Minnetonka Ibiza Sandal, $55
I'm cheating! I featured this last year! But it's still good. And now comes in three different colors and I love them all.
12. Clarks Indira Rue Sandal, $80
What the heck, Clarks? These unassuming little comfort sandals in teal snake are awesome. I'll bet you never expected to see those words together….
13. Pikolinos Alcudia blah blah blah blah, $200
These sandals are stoopid expensive, and have a bizarre name that I didn't feel like typing out. Pikolinos, please rename these to something easier (may I recommend 'the Shana'?) but otherwise don't change a thing. These are my heart-beat-fast sandals. These are the sandals that will – instantly – make any outfit. Forever more. For any situation. Cost per wear? Uh…can we do it?
14. TOMS Oahu Strappy Wedge, $69
Ok, so, I realize that these aren't flat. BUT! BUTBUT! They are so comfortable, that they deserve a place amongst the heros of comfort sandals. A VOILA!! Here they are.
15. Zigi Girl Adorable Sandal, $50
Calling the wide-footed! One reviewer described herself as having a "WIDE foot and somewhat disproportionately fat feet (sigh)". However, she found that these "fit perfectly if not a tad on the wide side." Ah ha!
There you have it. The sandals that have been haunting my dreams. Which pair(s) are haunting yours?
ps. This write-up has been brought to you courtesy of a looong day of unexpected potty training and glasses (plural!!) of Sav Blanc. BOOYA