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What’s Hot in Shoes: 16 Kicks for Cool Summer Looks

Ladies, it’s that time again. stylists have hand-picked their hottest looks in shoes for the season. Here they are, along with tips on how to wear them. Note that Shoebuy sponsors this post, and, as always, all opinions are my own.

Casual Kicks to Wear Now

First, let’s dive into the classic category of casual sneakers. Back in 1908, Marquis Mills Converse created Converse Shoe Company and 100-plus years later, women of all ages have a wide range of non-athletic sneakers to wear on casual days. Casual, rubber-soled shoes are an unsung hero of fashion, in my humble opinion. Why? Because they’re so versatile. You can wear those casual kicks with denim shorts, skinny jeans, short skirts, maxi dresses and mini dresses. Pair them with ripped jeans and flannel and you are grunge. Go for khaki skinny pants and an oxford shirt and you’re preppy.

What’s really fun in casual kicks right now is the ability to experiment with modified styles and fabrics. The Naturalizer Kail Loafer for example is made of a crocodile-printed PU, and Vans has a mule-style slip-on for ultimate ease (I mean, you don’t even have to bend down to pull up the back of the shoe over your heel, right??)

Ready to add some casual kicks to your wardrobe? Check out these on-trend options.

Sperry Top-Sider Seacoast Cross-Hatch Shoe, $59.95,
Sperry Top-Sider Seacoast Cross-Hatch Shoe, $59.95,
Vans Classic Slip On Mule, $59.95,
Vans Classic Slip On Mule, $59.95,
Naturalizer Kail Loafer, $68.95,
Naturalizer Kail Loafer, $68.95,
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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Sneaker, $54.95,

Wedges to Wear Now

Next up are wedges. Always a great option and my personal favorite shoe style for business casual (make sure those toes are polished!), wedges give you a heel that’s easy and comfortable to walk in. Wedges look amazing with bootcut jeans and skirts/ dresses that aren’t too bulky or too slim. Don’t pair a wedge with something slinky though, especially if you have larger feet — you run the risk of being unbalanced.

Try these styles this summer. I especially love the Hush Puppies in dark orange.

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Aerosoles Outer Space Wedge Sandal, $49.99,

Block Heels to Wear Now

Block heels provide height and stability — I like to wear them to add a sense of purpose to an otherwise blah daytime outfit. If you’ve thrown on a random sundress, for example, you can add block heels for a little extra pizzazz. The style also pairs well with a straight, midi-length skirt. Think about teaming bright shoes, like the red Isola Eleni II pumps below, with an otherwise neutral outfit to make a statement.

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Steve Madden Paalace Sandal, $99.95,
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Marc Fisher Patsey Lace Up Sandal, $99.95,
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Isola Eleni II Pump, $99.95,

Always On-trend Flats

Every girl needs a nice selection of flats around — they’re a nice step up from the old flip-flop.

Closed-toe flats are super convenient on those warm, weekend days when you don’t have time to redo chipped toenail polish.

You can also stash a pair of ballet flats nearly anywhere, because you never know when you need an extra pair of comfy shoes. Styles available now are highly versatile and affordable, which means you can go flat without going boring.

flat sandals with white leather strap
Steve Madden Donddi Sandal, $58.95, These are available in white, tan and black.
black leather lace-up flat shoes
Lucky Brand Mabonnee Lace Up, $51.95, I have these in the cobblestone color and I wear them all the time. Love the lace-up/ flat combination!
black leather ballet flats
Lucky Brand Emmie Flat, $23.95-58.95, These come in 25 different styles! Pewter Metallic or the Platinum are two options I love.
black leather flat shoes with buckle
Dr. Scholl’s Original Collection Tivoli D’Orsay Flat, $65.95, Black or pewter — your choice!

What do you think? Let us know if you’ll be wearing any of these styles and what you’ll pair them with!