As summer comes to an end, it’s almost time to toss those flip flops back into the closet and don something more, well, shoe-like. But it’s tough to know what to wear when sandals don’t seem right, and boots don’t either. That’s where flats come in. Here are the best ways to ween yourself off your favorite flip flops and, trust us, your feet will thank you.
What you’re wearing now: Havaianas flip flops
No need to explain why Havaianas ($19.95) remain popular year-after-year: these flip flops mold to your feet and make it feel like you’re walking on air. This ultra thin strap style is a favorite.
What to buy for fall instead: Gold ballet flats
These cushiony Marc Jacobs ballet flats ($208) will ease you into fall. Like Havaianas, these babies slip on easily and the gold color will look great on (what’s left of) tanned feet. And-bonus!- they’ll barely take up spacee when you throw them in your bag.
What you’re wearing now: Black studded sandals
Rock-star studded sandals were all over city streets this season, like this Steve Madden Destinee pair ($50).
What to buy for fall instead: Black rhinestone studded flats
You won’t miss your blinged-out sandals this fall with a pair of metallic suede Juicy Couture Alex Metallic Suede flats ($225) that are covered with rhinestone studs. They’re sure to be a big hit with the fashion (and celeb) set.
What you’re wearing now: A classic leather sandal
If your leather sandal of choice is the preppy Jack Rogers sandals ($96) you know how these classic slip-ons go with everything from a cocktail dress to cropped white jeans.
What to buy for fall instead: A preppy boat shoe
For fall, go for these equally preppy and equally classic Sperry Top-Siders ($75). Though they never really go out of style, these boating shoes have made a big comeback (you can thank J.Crew for that). Pair them with a plaid shirt for the weekend, or dark skinnies for the office.