By Kim Windyka

If you think that summer shoe style is restricted to flip-flops, think again. There are plenty of ways to make your tootsies look terrific this time of year. Check out these stylish AND comfortable alternatives when you’re in the mood to switch things up.


These simple, slip-on shoes look good, feel good, and do good for an important cause. For every pair of TOMS shoes purchased, the company will donate another pair of shoes to a child in need. With a wide variety of colors – and even some snazzy touches like glitter – you’re sure to find the ones that fit your style.


Talk about a throwback! Believe it or not, these day-glo kicks are still kickin’ around, and will add a healthy dose of nostalgia to your summer adventures. Pick your favorite sandal shade, and throw on a sweet, flowing sundress. If you’re not feeling so bold, you can always opt for the clear or black variety.

Converse Sneakers

You’ll be old-school cool (and a little edgy, too) with this classic sneaker. Sure, they’re not ideal for running or heavy-duty hiking. For strolling around the neighborhood, walking in the park, or rocking out at a music festival on a beautiful summer day, however, they’re just right. Pair them with jean shorts or a skirt for a casual and cute look.

Sperry Top-Siders

You’re on a boat! Or, at least you can play the part of a sophisticated sailor-type with a pair of Sperry boat shoes. They’re perfect for a day out on the lake, or a weekend beach getaway. These aren’t your grandparents’ boat shoes; you can stand out with sassy zebra print or metallic silver styles, too.

Reef Water Shoes

Speaking of water, if you’re planning on wading, surfing or swimming, you’re going to need some durable, splash-safe footwear. Fortunately, these babies will keep your feet dry and comfy throughout any aquatic excursions, and they’ve come along way from the goofy water shoes of the past.

Gladiator Sandals

Style mavens, look no further than these statement shoes. Some pairs extend all the way to your knees – almost like a summer boot! But most just give you that fun and funky wrapped look that works for both an afternoon of shopping in the sunshine and an evening at a hot new restaurant or nightclub.

Get the Look!

Jellies: Joy Sandal in Mint/Lime by FERGALICIOUS
Boat Shoes: Audrey in Platinum Leather by SperryGladiators:
Gladiators: SPARTA in Platinum Leather by Steve Madden