Between sauntering in the cool sand or allowing your toes linger in the lush green grass in a shady park, summer just may be the most enticing time of year to traipse around barefoot.
But with so many hot footwear styles from which to choose, you’ll be one step behind the trend if you choose to go sans shoes this season.
TOMMY BAHAMA (THE PIER SHOPS AT CAESARS)
As you might expect from this breezy brand, they have an array of tropical footwear styles for summer for both men and women – from flat sandals and functional flip-flops, to hip wedges and sporty slip-ons.
Some favorites for men include slip-ons in canvas (Beach Dweller, $68) and leather (Brea, $88), and the Calderon canvas sneaker in Navy ($68).
The Riviera Espadrille Sandal in White ($128) for women is named such because it’s versatile and elegant enough to take you to the French Riviera to the Riviera Maya. Or check out the flat Veranda ($98). It’s loaded with seaside charm with linen uppers complemented by crisscrossing leather straps that create an open-toe design.
AKA (THE QUARTER AT TROPICANA)
Guys can find summer shoes at The Quarter’s AKA by big name brands like Reef Flip Flops ($32-$38), Steve Madden ($68) and Converse ($58), which has a really cool new take on the original Chuck Taylor’s -- shoelace-less canvas slip-on.
Insiders’ Tip: Read all about AKA’s big summer sale happening now in “The Big Deal.”
STUDIO (THE WATERFRONT SHOPS AT HARRAH’S)
Studio carries the latest line of hip shoes by L.A.M.B., the flirty rocker label that represents vocalist Gwen Stefani's cool style and personality. You’ll definitely stand out from the crowd (and probably ABOVE the crowd too!) in these flashy, super high heels like the “Penny” sandal, or this columnist’s sentimental favorite, the “Pamela” sneaker – which comes in the classic evergreen combination of black and white (see last week’s column).
TANGER OUTLET, THE WALK
This summer, Tanger Outlet is all about Orange. It’s the cheery shade of sunshine that’s ideal to use as a bright pop of color to mix in with your summer black and whites (again, please refer to last week’s column). One of the best ways to utilize this happy hue, is through footwear. Find orangey strappy sandals, easy espadrilles and wild wedges in great Tanger stores like Nine West Outlet, Aldo and Payless Shoe Source.
Francesca’s is a favorite spot for fashionistas to find fashionable clothing and accessories. But it’s their trendy footwear that’s really twinkling our toes! Look for bejeweled flip flops, rhinestone-studded open-toe wedges, feminine floral oxfords and sexy t-strap sandals at this lovely ladies’ shop.
THE BIG DEAL(S)
Ciao! The Semi-Annual Sale at Armani/Exchange at The Pier
This sale is molto bene! Now through the end of this week, receive an additional 40% off already-reduced prices! That’s a sale on items that are already on sale! Che bellissimo!
AKA Summer Markdowns
A choice selection of summer clothing has just been marked down at AKA. Save up to 50% off on hot brands such as Rock Revival Jeans, Silver Jeans, Tommy Bahama, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Bugatchi and Report Collection.