Warm weather is officially here and with it the promise of weddings, graduations, parties and dinners where we stay out a little too late. Which brings us to shoes … do you have the right ones? I don’t mean the trendiest or the largest variety. What I mean is having shoes to pull from that just complete any outfit easily.

Today, we’re showcasing six summer shoes to have on hand. And sure, having all six is fabulous, but really, having the one that works best for you is what we’re talking about. In a world where shoes really don’t mean that much in the grand scheme of life, having the just-right-shoe to reach for does make said life a little bit easier, making a bad day a little brighter and not causing that freak out &*$&#(^! moment when not one pair looks quite right. It’s in that vein that we’ve pulled our thoughts for best summer shoes for 2017 and beyond.

THE CLASSICS

Espadrille wedge

No shoe better embodies summer than the espadrille. Originating in Spain, with versions going back 4,000 years, the defining feature of an espadrille is the jute sole. The wedge espadrille came into fashion in the 1970s, when Spanish shoe company Castañer partnered with Yves Saint Laurent to bring to life the high fashion designer’s desire to bring the wedge espadrille to his collection. They have been fashionable ever since and are perfectly paired with everything from jeans to high fashion dresses.

If you look at several photos of Kate Middleton, you’ll likely note how often she wears espadrilles similar to these — with sundresses, pant suits and dressier dresses as well. They can be just as useful in your own closet, and are available in different styles and heel heights to fit your preference.

 

13 options for espadrille wedges!

13 options for espadrille wedges! All options come in several colors to choose from: 1) J.Crew Factory, $70; 2) Toni Pons, $129.95; 3) Bettye Muller $195; 4) Bettye Muller, $225; 5) Sbicca, $69.95; 6) Joie, $278; 7) Steve Madden, $89.95; 8) Kate Spade, $228; 9) Valentino (for a huge splurge) $795; 10) Johnston & Murphy, $188; 11) Jack Rogers, $147.95; 12) Soludos $149.95; 13) Onex, $109.95

SB note: There are also several versions of espadrilles available at TheOutnet.com for 50% off! 

Beige heel

For all seasons, a beige heel is needed. The same beige pump or wedge can work for summer or winter, and on that note, a beige patent works at all times of the day and in any season. For summer, wear that all-season shoe or a strappy sandal variety as they will work with practically anything. Just buy the heel height you find most comfortable.

A pointy beige heel is a go-with-everything year round, workhorse of a shoe! Image: Jo Lynne Shane

10 pairs of beige heels: 1) Mark Fisher, $159.95; 2) Sam Edelman, $99.95 3) Jimmy Choo, $595; 4) Loeffler Randall, $350; 5) Sam Edelman, $119.95; 6) Louise et Cie, $99.95; 7) Joie, $298; 8) Stuart Weitzman, $398; 9) Manolo Blanik, $695 10) Stuart Weitzman, $398

BRIGHT & FUN

Have a pair of “these make me so happy” in whatever your favorite bright color is. Be it pink, blue, yellow or floral, metallic, animal print. These are your “look at me” shoes that brighten most outfits, but likely can’t be worn with everything in your closet. But for those outfits that they do work with, they’re perfection.

A pair of bright and fun shoes comes in more handy than you may think! Make sure you have a classic “go-with-everything” shoe and then grab your fun pair. Image: Loeffler Randall

Seven bright and colorful ideas! 1) Sam Edelman, on sale for $79.90; 2) Kate Spade, $358; 3) Tory Burch, $395; 4) BP, $59.95; 5) Nine West, $88.95; 6) Loeffler Randall, $395 (there is currently a code for $150 off these sandals on the Loeffler Randall site!); 7) Castaner, $388

TRENDY

Nude peep-toe booties

These shoes are so hot that we devoted an entire article just to them and explained why you need a pair. You can get them in a casual or dressier varieties, or buy a pair that effortlessly falls in that nice in-between land. You’ll be amazed at how often you reach for this pair of shoes as I can attest that they have become my go-to for luncheons, evenings out and workdays already. Weddings and graduations? You bet.

The nude peep-toe bootie is available in a variety of heel heights and styles. Find one you love as you will wear them over and over again. Image: Pinterest

The peep-toe booties is not a new thing, but it’s more ubiquitous than ever. 1) Vince Camuto, $149.95; 2) BP, $89.95; 3) Eileen Fisher $235; 4) Eileen Fisher, $235; 5) Paul Green, (on sale) $245

Fancy flat

Since we’re talking shoes styles we dedicated whole articles to, we wrote about the pointy toe, strappy flat last year. These particular flats still work for this year, even though it’s not as hot, which is why it’s listed in the “trendy” section, which is all about styles that come and go. That said, having a fancy flat to wear is a lifesaver so many times, no matter the season. So, with the warmer weather, don’t leave all your flat options to your flip flops. Have something a little fancier as your feet will likely be grateful.

Here’s a photo that we used last year when we wrote about needing a fancy flat and how you can wear them with dressy-dresses! This proves the point. Find yours and feet will thank you. Image: Glamour

Six options for flat and fancy shoes. 1) Raphaella Booz, $78; 2) Jeffrey Campbell, $159.95; 3) Jimmy Choo, $650; 4) Luiza Perea, $328; 5) KMB, $128; 6) Jewel Badgley Mischka, $89.95

Mules

The hottest shoe for this season is the mule. You can purchase it as a flat, a mid heel or a high heel. And, while it certainly is the shoe du jour, it’s also a shoe that when it comes into trend, has remarkable staying power. Expect this fashion to be front and center for a few years.

Find bright ones, or neutral ones, or ones with a heel, but buy some mules if you want to have a classic trendy shoe in your wardrobe. Peep-toe, pointy toe, adorned with bows … it’s your choice! Image: Pinterest

Mules are definitely the trendiest shoe, with staying power, of the season. 1) Gucci, $650; 2) Ceri Hoover (I’ve tried these on … SO comfortable!), $345; 3)Katy Perry, $99; 4) Antonio Melani, $89.99; 5) Stuart Weitzman, $398; 6) Vince Camuto, $99.95; 7) Sarto, $109; 8) Karl Lagerfield, $129; 9) Sam Edelman, $99.99; 10) Ceri Hoover, $295

Happy shopping!

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