It happens every year, doesn’t it? You were just saying how you couldn’t bust out your big puffy jacket ONE MORE TIME and then you looked up, and it was June. “Summer’s just getting started” you thought, and then you looked up again, and it was July! Quelle horreur! Time isn’t working properly! A problem to address for another day, perhaps, but more immediately you need to address something that hits closer to home—the little something happening south of your kneecaps. There...you see them? Dry, flaky, and in need of some T.L.C., stat. What the heck are you going to do with your feet?
You could do nothing, of course—your feet, your decision. If you want to polish them up and you’ve got a weekend to spare, we’ve got a guide for that. But if a pedicure is out of the question and your toes still need some extra time for their summer debut, let us present an alternative solution: shoes! Think of them as a pedicure you can slip on every morning and take off every night. A good pair styled thoughtfully can team up with your summer dress fit, no problem. And even if your feet are in tip-top shape, there will come a time this season where you’ll want to cover up anyway. Maybe it’s raining. Maybe you’re at an outdoor concert and you need to protect your feet from errant stomps. Or maybe you just don’t like sandals. Whatever the reason, here are some ways to artfully hide your toes during the summer heat.
If You're Into The Sporty Look
Combine two trends into one, with a pair of Tevas and tie dye socks. These platform Tevas feel a little more elevated (sorry) than the traditional Tevas we all know and love. Or swing for a pair of sneakers. Brother Vellies makes a breezy linen option for an even more casual bent on athleisure.
Brother Vellies Moonrise Linen Sneaker
If Mules And Slingbacks Are More Your Style
Say you just want to cover up your toes, but you still want a cool breeze to hit the back of your ankles. Mules and slingbacks are just the answer. Or, if you’re more concerned about jazzing up the look (or concealing your cracked heels), throw on some socks in a vibrant color. That way, when people point to your feet, asking why the heck you’re wearing socks in July, you can confidently quip that it’s “fashion,” instead of “function.”
If You Don't Know What Your Vibe Is
When in doubt, queue up a pair of huaraches. Part sandal, part slipper, they’re the best of both worlds in footwear. And you can carry them into fall—they’re essentially a three-season item. Not bad for a woven approach to shoes.
Brother Vellies Mary Jane Huaraches in Sunflower
Styled by Doria Santlofer and photographed by Tom Newton