With the summer days setting in, the scorching heat is the perfect excuse for the surfacing of breezy dresses with oversized sunglasses and, of course colorful footwear to match.
In high-end shops, renowned international brand Fendi features jelly-bean colored, open-toed sandals in their Summer 2012 collection as seen on the runways of Paris and Milan. Always a season staple, the flat sandals are versatile enough to be used both on the beach and in the city.
The details make all the difference in setting a fashion piece apart from all the rest. In this sense, shoes can be the highlight of one’s outfit. One must-have for the season is from the Loeffler Randall brand that comes in the form of a coral gladiator-type sandal with star details. This can complement short dresses to show the quaint design adorning the sides of the shoes.
Those in the office setting who are not allowed to stride wearing flip-flops can opt for a dressier heel that is still casual and playful enough for the season. Wedges are now taking over stiletto shoes especially for the hotter days ahead. Matt Bernson’s thin-stacked Shelby wedge made of perforated leather design made it to the Top Picks of Vogue editors. His design combines a sporty yet casual look for this season’s laidback vibe.
Another fashion house, the British brand Burberry Prorsum, offers an edgier version for those who want to make a bold statement. The intricate pattern on the wedge heel puts out all stops that would leave one itching to see the whole Spring/Summer 2012 collection of the brand.
Local brand Parisian released their line of wedge heels in different colors and prints at a more affordable price. And if you’re willing to brave the crowd in this heat in search of affordable but pretty summer shoes, you can take your buying spree to the next step by dropping by the bargain warrens of Divisoria and Tutuban for the best deals.
If you’re not in Manila, there’s no need to feel jittery in your heels. Bicol is known for its abaca slippers that are handmade by local craftsmen and are known to withstand long use. The quaint town of Liliw in Laguna is also a gold mine for shoes as it offers quality products at the lowest prices imagineable. The vibrant row of ballet flats is a steal at P350 each per pair. City shoe fiends have Marikina, the shoe capital, as the nearest haven around. One can surmise that with local craftsmanship and creative talent all around us, Pinoy shoe makers are also a vital force in the fashion industry and a favorite for those who appreciate products by local artisans and designers.
From the international runways to great rural shoe finds, the season is really all about feeling comfortable in casual and colorful footwear alongside the classic styles we love.