If you live anywhere that currently has snow on the ground or a chill in the air, the thought of buying sandals must sound like crazy talk. Maybe you’re right; it will be cold for another couple weeks or so, but once that sun peaks through the clouds you’re going to be wishing you got the jump on the spring sandal race. Here are a few things to reflect on before picking out your next pair.
Make a Color Statement
The colors you wear say a lot about whom you are; so don’t make the mistake in choosing the random pigment that looks cute. There are a number of things to consider when picking out the hue you’re going to be prancing around in:
- Before anything else, take a quick peek around in your closet. What colors do you already have in there? Don’t forget that your footwear will be a component in a much larger collective outfit, so make sure that you don’t pick a look that will clash with what you tend to wear on a regular basis.
- Brighter tints look a lot better in the daylight. The opposite could be said about darker shades, so save those for the nighttime.
- Take a look at fashion trends. Radiant Orchid is a color that is in NOW, so don’t hesitate to try it out. Another look that is making waves is the use of metallic, so add some playful sparkle to your outfit.
- Do you have a favorite polish you like to paint your toes with? If you’re partial to a particular shade, make sure that the sandals you’re choosing compliment this specific color.
Another thing to think about when buying your next pair of sandals is to consider the kind of environment in which you’ll be utilizing the footwear. If you are buying sandals for dinner or simply to go out at night, your best bet will be a pair with a chunky heel and sexy straps that will help to dress up your look. For ideas, check out the ladylike wedge sandals sold by Tory Brunch. Reversely, for a causal look purchase a set of flats that will you can comfortably go about your day in without the distraction of aching feet. For the girls who love leather, now is your time to express that. Skipping around in leather is no fun in the summer heat; utilize the cooler temperatures of the spring for this look.
Tired of Those Clown Shoes?
No matter what kind of shoe you wear, make sure it fits. Did you know that your feet swell over the course of the day? Because of this, it’s best to try on the sandals in the afternoon or evening in order to get your optimal size. Of course, proper fit pertains to more than just size; your arches may have special requirements that you aren’t meeting. Do you overpronate? Are your arches unusually high?
If you’re unsure of the answer to these questions, consider talking with a footwear specialist so you can make sure that your choices in shoes are comfortable and wont’ lead to preventable injuries. There are plenty of options that are crafted to fit specific health needs; Footwear etc. sells Vionic sandals with Orthaheel technology that is designed to support collapsed arches; and the sporty Oofos Ooah Slide Recovery Sandal (found here) is crafted to minimize post-workout pain with extra cushioning.
Now that you know what to look for in your sandals, snuggle up to the fire and dream of the warm sun as you prepare to find those shoes that will make your day.