Best Fashion Sandals 2013 (not!)

Best fashion sandals 2013

Vogue’s 2013 pick for top 18 summer sandals has us wondering if they were designed for human or goddess. This golden masterpiece is Hermes in metallic, nappa suede, €650, perfect for lounging on a sunny boat deck in the Mediterranean.  Otherwise, plan to spend your time bending down tying your laces, certainly not walking.  If anyone knows of a more comfortable alternative to this ancient style, please weigh in.


Best Fashion Sandals 2013 (not!)

Less Comfortable Sandal

Dominatrix meets Grumpy Old Man.  Wear with socks for best effect and less abuse to the ankles.  Impatient Black Leather Sandals offered by Office

More Comfortable Sandal

Hobbit Lovers can hide 25 pound ankle weights in these “stud ankle covered bootie sandal” by nowdiscountshoes.com


Best Fashion Sandals 2013 (4)

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Elle’s Summer Sandals 2013 features this flat by Saint Laurent offered by Pre-a-Porte at $795.  This is a minimalist, barefoot walking look, bringing the foot right to the ground with all its glory.

More Comfortable Sandal

But the ground is hot!  Taryn Rose keeps those tootsies air conditioned with a similar rendition of the same, classically uncomfortable style. Reduced to $145 from $205 at Neiman Marcus.

 


It’s in the soul, man

Designs in insoles vary in philosophy.  As consumers of mass-marketed products, we should tread lightly (excuse the pun) when we apply a force to our body.  “The arch is hitting me in the wrong place” is a refrain heard often on the shoe showroom.

Some insole designers support the foot’s anatomy with a continuous, smooth surface that echoes the foot’s structure, albeit mass produced.  Other designers add components, such as toe crests.  What’s that?  A toe crest is a ridge that runs across the insole, at the base of the toes.  The ridge creates pressure that can be helpful in relieving pain caused by hammer, claw, and mallet toes.  But for some complications and for some foot sizes, this concentrated pressure can be harmful. 


To Birkenstock, for being there

Birkenstock Arizona

Original Birkenstock “Arizona”

The Daily Beast reports that Birkenstocks came back with a vengeance this summer.  But that’s only because eighty percent of success is showing up*.  So thank you to Birkenstock for making sure that your brand continued to show up in comfort shoe stores and online for the forty years it took for fashion to re-discover the benefits of wearing a sandal that doesn’t restrict the forefoot — causing all kinds of problems sooner than later, and definitely later.

* Statement attributed to Woody Allen


Best Fashion Sandals 2013 (3)

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Fashionspot’s Best Wedge Sandal for 2013 is aptly named “State of Architectural Wedge by Matiko.” Oh for the youth, the legs, a white mini dess and impervious feet!

More Comfortable Sandal

No contest here, but if the girl with the gams doesn’t happen to be in the same room with me, I might pull this off.  Either way, ankle straps tend to be annoying, but here the pitch is lower and the front is adjustable.  All day standing in this one.

 


Best Fashion Sandals for 2013 (2)

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Glamour’s “Your Summer Sandals 2013” features the Lacy Sandal, available at French Sole.  True, it’s lots more lacy and glam than its comfort cousin.  But the thought of pounding floors with that unyielding sole, slipping in my own sweat has me breathless.

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Think’s Julia Laser-Cut Thong is not any more adjustable.  But where it lacks in a backstrap, it gains in a contoured insole that grips the bottom of the feet for more security.  And yes, wicks sweat effortlessly.