My New Fav Sandals: Sexy Like High Heels, Comfy Like Flats

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I’ve been drooling over ankle-wrap sandals.  I especially like ones with skinny straps and and sky-high heels – sexy minimalism at it’s best.  I actually wept tears of joy upon seeing Stuart Weitzman’s Nudest sandal for the first time.

Except.

I. Can’t. Move.

Once upon a time I was the girl running through the airport in my stiletto heels, dancing all night, and strapping ’em back on for a day at the office.  I remember a few of my co-workers joking about the “torture devices” I was wearing on my feet and I honestly had no clue what they were talking about.  And besides, my coworkers were – oh GAWD – in their thirties or something so clearly TOO OLD FOR HOT SHOES.

[snort] I think wearing heels, especially sky-high heels takes…practice.  It takes practice which really just means time and an urge or inclination and I can’t seem to find, in this crazy life, much of any of them.  You know?
I’ve gone on a few dates with my husband where I decided that YES, it was a Wear Hot Shoes And Pretty Dress kind of date and I did and then spent most of the evening sitting, which is an awfully big waste of a pretty dress, if you ask me.  As it turns out, I much prefer the Wander Around Holding Hands kind of date more than the Where The Eff Is The Taxi sort and…so….yeah.  I can work around a ball gown and sneakers, but I can’t seem to work around two skinny strips of leather and 4″ of heel.
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When Nordstrom reached out and asked me to take a look at UGG Australia’s new line of sandals…well.  I couldn’t say yes fast enough.  For there, sitting among some seriously gorgeous wedges and cool, detailed flats was my perfect ankle-strap sandal:  Sexy and minimal, but with just enough of a wedge to feel tall (which is really the most important part).

No cabs needed.

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dress:  Sooo…you guys are going to kill me but I found this silk Parker maxi at my local Nordstrom on the clearance rack for $100.  Yeah.  Of course I’ve been stalking nordstom.com’s sale section, but…no luck.  However, Parker’s Miles Silk Maxi has a similar shape (and an even better back), and if I hadn’t lucked into my clearance find, I would’ve seriously considered Parker’s Fleur Print Silk Dress (a similar print, but short and flirty) or gone totally casual in Rip Curls’ tie-dye maxi (perfect for post-partum and nursing), or Felicity & Coco’s Printed Maxi – such a cool print.  Of course, if price is no object, Rachel Zoe’s Pammy Maxi dress made me SWOON.  Like whoa.

bag: Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack

shoes: UGG Australia Char Mar Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal

hat: from Ole in Puerto Rico (totally worth a visit if you’re there!)…but if not, BP’s straw fedora is similar

 

These shoes were honestly so comfortable, that I wore them walking around during the day, too.  And since they look like heels (a little bit, right?) I loved them with boyfriend shorts.  (Mike thinks they’re the sexiest shoes I own.  But he loves my sneakers, too, so you’ve gotta take that with a grain of salt.)

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tee: James Perse Slub Raglan Tee (size 2 for reference)

shorts: Rag and Bone – sold out, but someone has GOT to try these – only $48 and looks seriously perfect.

bag: Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack

shoes: UGG Australia Char Mar Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal

hat: Rip Curl

sunglasses: Ray-Bans (last season)…but Oxydo has a cool pair of bright blue mirrored sunnies

 

If you are looking for more height (for those of you who are more woman that I am), I highly recommend the UGG Australia Jules Platform Wedge, or the UGG Australia Jasmine Mar Platform Wedge.

But there was one other UGG Australia sandal that I want to mention (excuse the bad selfie)….


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These are UGG Australia’s Chanez Leather Slide Sandal and I AM INTRIGUED.  This shape feels really fresh and modern, and they’re leg-elongating.  They’re like a chic flip-flop – perfect for strolling around a city, not so perfect for actual kiddo-chasing.  But still.  I’m tempted.  I like the black, but they also come in nude or a pretty gold.  Thoughts?

ONE FINAL UPDATE:  The gorgeous, rose-gold UGG Australia Jordyne Sandals were on backorder for a while, but were *just* delivered a few minutes ago.  And?  They have a seriously cushy footbed and the leather is butter soft.  These might be the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever put on my feet.  NO JOKE.

Happy travels!

xo,

S

A big, HUGE thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post – comfortable shoes are totally my jam, and I’m always delighted to write about the good ones.  As always, all product choices, thoughts, and opinions are my own.  (Or as Pax would say, “MINE OWN”.)  And readers, thank you for supporting the retailers who help support The Mom Edit  – it doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated.

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name’s Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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12 Comments

  1. I’ve been eyeballing the Rebecca Minkoff Julian backpack in black. It’s on my birthday wish list. (My amazing mother and sister always spoil me with leather goods.) I feel like it’s the perfect transition from my Marc diaper bag that’s constantly clipped to my Urbo stroller. My boy will be one in May and he’s on the move. I need to be hands free. Would you recommend this bag? Is it big enough? I’m starting to travel lighter now that he no longer requires the whole nursery to go with us.

  2. I was JUST looking for summer sandals! Now I have a starting point.

    And you were right- I am DY-ING over that red dress! I have a wedding to attend, saw the dress in the opening photo and thought, “That’s the one!” Not meant to be…Looks gorgeous on you!

  3. Love these and was obsessed after I saw your post. I happened to accidentally score a $15 pair of hot pink ones just like these today at Old Navy though. Totally on accident, there they were. Meant to be-last pair in my size. If anyone is near an Old Navy pop in. Super comfy, suede, came in black, tan and the fun pink. A perfect knock off, sadly sold out online now.

  4. ok so Shana…if you did not have two children…and their extra stuff…would you use that backpack as a handbag? Just trying to justify the purchase.:)

  5. Ok, Shana – help! I am the maid of honor in my sister’s wedding. The dress is a gunmetal beaded number and really pretty. I have been totally loving shoes like “the nudist” above but know with three kids in the wedding, I wouldn’t survive five minutes in those kind of heels. Any suggestions for something more formal but that I’ll actually be able to keep on my feet??

  6. Thank you for posting the Ugg Char Mar wedges. It’s hard to find pretty shoes for my feet but these are perfect.

  7. I’ve been hunting for ankle strap sandals since last summer—my problem (and the reason I’ve returned 6/6 pairs I ordered online) is that the strap is too big for my scrawny ankles that even the smallest hole is way too big. You seem to have similar bone structure—did these fit snug without having to refashion them somehow?

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