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Shoe addict special – my summer shoe shopping list!

I’m getting ready for the summer! The weather was positively balmy today, so I took advantage of it to go uptown and meet a friend for lunch at Nello’s on Madison; afterwards, we headed over to Bergdorf Goodman’s shoe salon (seriously my favorite place to shop for shoes in NYC) to check out their summer shoe selection. We fell in love with loads of great finds!!! Without further ado, here’s what’s on my shoe shopping list now that the weather is nice!

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Some fun WEDGES! I love love wedges (seriously, I wear them all summer long to go out at night). We spend the summer in the Hamptons, and there are a lot of gravel driveways there, which means no stiletto heels. Also it’s a bit more casual than the city (think beachy chic) so stilettos might look like you’re trying too hard. Wedges are perfect! I love these by Valentino! They also come in nude and open toe here, so gorgeous! If you’re in the mood for color and you love love Louboutin (you know who you are!), check these out. They might be a little too much for a summer night with the kids in a beach town, but they’ll be perfect for girls’ night out, or even date night in the city on a nice hot summer night! They also come in nude with studs, here (not that many sizes left)p! I also love a touch of red in the summer. These ones by Castaner and these ones by Aquazzura are simply perfect!

 

 

Some fancy SANDALS! I love fancy sandals because they’re truly the perfect way to dress up a beach cover up and call it an outfit for a night out in Montauk or dinner with a bunch of friends in Amagansett. Those of you who know me have seen me pull off a fantastic beach cover up in many many situations, including lunch at Le Bilboquet in Sag Harbor and dinner last summer at Amex’s hotspot EMP Summer House! Honestly, if you pair wavy beach hair, a gorgeous cover-up, fancy sandals and a great bag, no one will care, you’ll look amazing and you’ll feel that you’re truly living that summer life that we all love. So for sandals: how cute are these suede ones by Aquazzurra (I love love everything they make)!! They also come in a deep blue that reminds me of the Majorelle gardens in Morrocco (those who’ve been will know exactly!) – so beautiful. These embellished nude ones pack some serious style, as do these. These here are a great basic to have in your closet (I bought them last year in a slightly darker shade and they go with everything, so I will probably update to this pale shade this spring)! And finally I love these for the turquoise embellishments and boho chic vibe – perfect with a white dress!

 

Also a total must for summer is a great collection of FLIP-FLOPS! From the easy casual ones that you can leave at the entrance to the beach, to the pretty ones that you can wear around town during the day, here’s a great selection of flip-flops that will take you from sand, to gravel, to pavement, without a second thought. My favorite beach flops are these, (I think I probably have at least 5 pairs in different colors)! These gold ones are part of what could probably be referred to as the Hamptons mom’s daily uniform, lol!! or you could also go for these! A great pair to kick around town (shopping and Starbucks, anyone?) here… A little more elevated than a true beach flip-flop but still casual and comfortable for running errands and picking up the kids at camp: here. And finally a fancy pair of flops in case you have lunch plans but you still want to keep it easy going (somewhat): silver and embellished, simply gorgeous.

Last but not least, you know you’ll need some updated sneakers for that Barry’s Bootcamp class or that Tracy Anderson dance workout. Gotta stay in shape! I’m totally in love with these APL ones in rose gold and also it’s always nice to have a good basic white or a cream for playing tennis and what not. For those of you who love blush and pink, how gorgeous is this shade? Light gray is a great choice for summer as it simply goes with everything. I also like this nude sand color which will look so flattering with a tan!

Do your shopping before they run out of sizes!! You know how it is. You fall in love with a pair, they’re sold out in your size, and you obsess all summer long. We’ve all done it! Happy shopping!

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