The Shoes You Want Right Now
By Lois Joy Johnson
Shoe shopping gives us the voyeuristic thrill of online dating (without cheating on your spouse or having to make your life sound 100 times more exciting than it actually is), the promise of looking fashionable (without having to try on or even buy new clothes) and the mood boost of a prescription drug (without the worry of possible addiction ). Who can say no? Cruising through the shoe departments of Saks, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales is pure fashion porn, but our real vice is browsing for new shoes online. This season five trends are comfortable but super-chic and won't give you bunions, blisters, hammertoes or pump bumps--just a lot of style.
Metallic Loafers, Driving Mocs And Boat Shoes
Skip the ballet flats (you have enough) and stay away from those ugly clogs and wavy-soled comfort-shoes right now! Classic loafers, driving mocs and boat shoes are back in newsy gold, silver and bronze leather that look great with all your slim cropped pants, capris, khakis and jeans. Loafers are dressier, tailored and have the most structure and support. Drivers are contemporary and cool (check them out in colorful buttery suedes and tumbled leathers as well as metallics), and boat shoes are the most casual but the rage in Paris so don't overlook them. Above, Giani Bernini Crispa Driving Flats in gold ($79, macys.com)
Wedge Espadrilles Woven wedge espadrilles have a lot more flex and bounce than block-like wedges in wood or cork. Choose a medium heel (two to three inches) and you get elevation with arch support. Look for stretchy wide elastic support bands at the ankle (no more retying during the day!). A black and natural combo works with everything. Lauren By Ralph Lauren Charla Espadrilles in black ($69, macys.com)
Low-Heel Pale Patent Pumps Nothing makes mature bare legs look longer, slimmer and more youthful than nude or light-colored pumps, which is why they are everywhere this season. Get a fresh low-heel version in shiny patent instead of the trendier five-inch stilettos magazines are pushing. Here's why: All the leg stretching benefits of these shoes are due to the light color, tapered toe and a low vamp-not the heel height! The patent shine adds a sexy gleam. Keep that going by blending a shimmery body lotion from ankles to above the knees (it will also help blur brown spots). Michael Michael Kors Flex Patent Pumps ($98, lordandtaylor.com)
Colorful Flat Sandals Want a trendy update to last year's gladiator sandals? Check out strappy flats in bold brights or brilliant stones, especially turquoise or coral! They'll look new with all last year's throw-on jersey dresses and skirts and trend up all your black basics. Add a new bright pedicure too instead of your usual dark polish. And if thong styles are a bother for you (they’re my pet peeve), plenty of slides join the category this season too. Nine West Fasten-Up Side Slide Sandals ($49, macys.com)
Waterproof Rain Shoes These are the "Duh" shoes everyone wishes they had snapped up for a rainy summer day. Chic rubber flats or sandals make sense when you don't want to haul on tall waterproof boots, wear your generic flip-flops or wreck your "good" shoes wading in puddles. They look great commuting, running errands, going to work or out to dinner on wet days. J. Crew Rainy Day Bow Ballet Flats ($58, jcrew.com)
Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and fashion blogger and the author of "The Makeup Wakeup," available at amazon.com.