Summer Sandals

I love summer flat sandals, but a lot of the styles make our legs look large and stumpy. Additionally, it can create a really unflattering silhouette if worn wrong. I am here to help! I have a couple of tricks to keep in mind that you can stick to when picking out the perfect pair of sandals. On top of that, it doesn’t have to cost you an ‘arm and a leg.’ You can get something within your budget.

Watch what’s happening to the ankle: If there is too much action going on around the ankle, it can cut you off and give you the appearance of a larger leg, especially if you are short. Opt for a thin strap around the ankle if you have to have one at all.

Sling-backs are your friend: The most attractive sandal is a sling-back because it keeps that elongated look in the ankle but keeps the shoe from sliding off. When shopping, look for this style to be your “classic or go-to” sandal.

Platform problems: Most women don’t think about this very often but the heel of the sandal can have a major impact on the way a shoe will look on your leg. I have seen so many styles with a slight wedge and a thick strap up the front and around the ankle that will make even the leanest women look stocky, so please stick to flat sandals. If you would like a bit of a raised heel for comfort that is fine but keep in mind the shape and height.

Walk a while: When searching for the perfect summer sandal, walk around in them for a while – don’t just try it on and look in the mirror. If you spend some time in them you will start to get a feel for any areas that may rub or cause a blister. I can’t tell you how many times I buy a gorgeous shoe and this happens.

You can also opt for gladiator ones. They are quite unique, cute and stylish. Strappy ones are great for people who don’t like to slip and slide in the open back ones.

This style can be very appealing if done correctly, so do not be afraid to try new styles and designs!

Taking Care of Sandals to Last Longer

Support the soles

Walking for long periods can wear out the sole of the sandals. Therefore, they need reinforcement. You can have a cobbler fix a sole protector, which is a thin layer of preventive rubber. The rubber can help keep water from soaking through the sandals, making them slip-resistant while helping them to last longer. This way, you will be able to extend the lifespan of the sandals.

Address the spots

When the sandals receive stains, it is important to treat them immediately; suede sandals need to be handled with great caution. Water spots can be buffed out gently with a brush or suede stone as soon as the sandals receive stains to ensure the best opportunity of removing the stains. If you have leather sandals, salt stains have the capacity of permanently damaging the shoes. Therefore, it is important to treat the footwear quickly using a damp cloth.

Keep them in shape

To help keep the sandals in shape, you may consider stuffing them with papers. This is light of the fact that when a sweaty or wet sandal dries, it often curls. Therefore stuffed paper can help maintain the right shape, prevent the foot wear from losing shape, sagging and wrinkling- in the process extending their life span.

Savvy storage

If you have leather sandals, you should consider tucking then away in a closet with room temperature. However, too hot an area can shrink the leather. If the sandals are wet or damp, you should avoid putting them back in their boxes – this will cause odor, mildew and mold to form.

Switch the sandals

It is tempting to consider slipping the same sandals every day. However, sandals need a day off. Therefore, it is advisable to consider rotating different pairs of sandals. Like most of the footwear, sandals need some rest therefore; you should avoid wearing the same sandals three to four times a week. The sandals will last for longer when they are given time to rest.