Growing up in Phoenix, I tended to avoid wearing closed-toed shoes when the weather hit 100+. Now, however, I understand the need to cover your toes every once in a while–whether that’s due to professionalism, lack of a pedicure, or just a styling choice. It can be difficult to buy sneaker-like shoes for the summer that are versatile and breathable. So, I’ve rounded up a list of summer shoes that I either own or am looking to own to inspire you to add to your summer shoe collection.
Clark’s Azella Theoni espadrilles // When I know I have to wear closed-toed shoes, my automatic first choice for the summer are espadrilles. (Not technically sneakers, I know–but they cover your toes!). Espadrilles are very comfortable and easy to style. They can be worn with almost anything, ranging from jeans to casual dresses.
I have been eyeing these specific espadrilles for a while now because of the material and the brand behind them. Clark’s shoes are known for their durability and comfort. I’ve tried on these shoes in stores and the cushioned bottoms make them the most comfortable pair of espadrilles I have ever tried on. They come in navy, cream, and a blush tone. If you’re looking for a good, yet stylish pair of walking shoes you can wear in the heat, these are it.
Soludos // Another pair of espadrilles I have been eyeing (since my same trip to Nordstrom Rack) are these fun espadrilles from Soludos. Soludos are known for their canvas espadrilles and sandals. I especially love the neutral canvas colors on these beauties. While a pair of embroidered espadrilles like these can seem intimidating to style, they actually make putting together an outfit a lot easier. They really enhance a simple outfit! I would style these with a simple t-shirt and jeans and call it a day. (The cactus ones are my favorite, obvi).
Carlos by Carlos Santana sneaks // Yes, Carlos Santana as in the Mexican-American musician from Santana. (Did you know Carlos Santana designed a shoe collection? Because I didn’t.) I have seen tons of dupes of these at stores like Marshall’s. The giant-bow-on-a-slip-on is very trendy at the moment. The leather bow really puts a spin on traditional slip-ons. They’re simple and still manage to stand-out. These sneakers are also available in black leather if you want a fall alternative. (Imagine these with a pair of leggings + graphic tee. So easy).
Sperry Crest Velcro Sneakers // Are you ready to re-live your childhood with these velcro sneakers? Because I am. Imagine how much easier life would be if you didn’t have to tie your shoes all the time. These velcro sneakers by Sperry are the perfect summer shoes–they’re pastel colors, easy to wear, and trendy. I also really appreciate that you can wear socks with them even though they aren’t your typical chunky sneaker. I own a couple pairs of Sperry boat shoes and they’re incredibly comfortable (after breaking them in). I imagine these are too. The velcro sneakers come in white, ivory, and blush and are a great price at $60.
Steve Madden Gills-P sneakers // Suede for the summer? Yes! These perforated slip-ons by Steve Madden are a great pair of sneakers to add to your wardrobe. The triangle cut-outs make the shoes breathable, despite being suede. The greyish color they come in also makes them good for fall, so they can transition with your wardrobe when the weather gets colder (except if you’re from Arizona, then it never really gets colder). If you’re looking for a pop of color, you can also buy the gold version.
Vans’ Sola SF low-top slip-ons // Vans have been my trusty, go-to summer sneakers since middle school and I don’t think I’m ever giving them up. While I’m sure everyone is familiar with how comfortable and easy to wear they are, some styles of Vans still don’t get the recognition they deserve. These pearl Sola and grey Palisades low-cut slip ons are great alternatives to the popular white slip-ons that everyone brings out in the summer (including me). I had a pair like these in high school and wore them ’til they wore out. They’re super comfortable! Because they’re from Vans, you know they’re a reasonable price too.
I hope this list has inspired you to change up your summer outfits by incorporating some closed-toed shoes. What sneakers are your favorite to grab in the summer?