The weather is starting to feel like summer, and it’s definitely time for sandals, all day, every day! Last year, I wore Saltwater sandals almost every single day. They’re a great choice for a minimalist, because they pair perfectly with breezy dresses, denim shorts, and especially with swim suits since they are leather but are made to get wet! I love the price and how comfortable Saltwaters are. I have worn them everywhere for the past three summers. Plus my daughter has a matching pair, which is so sweet.
This year with a baby often in my arms, buckling the Saltwaters every time I want to walk out to our backyard was a little tricky. I had a pair of black flip flops (fyi, J.Crew has great skinny flip flops with rubber that is more cushy than cheaper pairs), but they were pretty worn after about 5 years of use and I was ready for something different and a little more durable.
So, I started investigating Pons Avarcas, and really liked what I found out about them. They’re handcrafted with natural leather, and were originally designed for farmers in Menorca, Spain to keep their feet cool and protected. They seemed perfect for slipping on to watch the kids play outdoors and for all the gardening I love to do. I was a little nervous when they arrived because they were really tight around my feet, but after about four days they had stretched out to the perfect fit. I have been wearing them nonstop.
And then with some birthday money, I bought a pair of pretty black leather sandals from Madewell for church and date nights. While I have an old favorite pair of wedges stashed in my closet for someday, the truth is right now I wear flats 99% of the time. I love the crisscross design and nailhead detail around the toe. They’re just as pretty as any heel.
A little note on sizing:
I typically wear a 7.5 and all three of these shoes are leather and stretch to fit your foot. The Madewell sandals are true to size; I ordered a 7.5. The black is sold out (these are similar without the crisscross), and the rose version is so flattering in person and is 30% off the sale price right now! In Saltwaters, I wear a “6 M US Big Kid / 8 M US Women” on Amazon and this is the tan color. In Pons Avarcas, I followed their advice to order down if you are a half size, and got a 7 in taupe. Saltwaters and Pons come in lots of colors, but I love these neutrals!
p.s. You can barely see it, but I’m also wearing my go-to navy nail polish.