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‘Fashion Week’ – Chic sandals for Spring/Summer

Rashidah Young,
Fashion Critic

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As spring approaches, retail stores have changed their window displays and mannequins with rich and sleek looks, but this summer you’ll be mesmerized by some of the revolutionary styles in the footwear department.

While the gladiator and wedge sandal were considered to be the most prominent go to sandals for Spring 2013, designers have undeniably reinvented some of our most favorable sandals this year. It’s like they have given rebirth to the classic Birkenstock sandal and have recreated the Sperry loafer that we all secretly adore.

When we initially think of the German brand Birkenstock, the dull color brown comes to mind. However, the new and improved Birkenstocks have only one strap, and come in a variety of colors. From solid colors such as white and black to metallic colors, you’ll likely see more of the Birkenstock sandal this summer.

Although flatform sandals provide comfort for people who are always on the go, if you’re looking for a comfortable and fierce heel for the scorching hot summer days, I recommend the 70’s inspired block heel.

Designers Jeffrey Campbell, Sam Edelman, and Tory Burch have all delightfully incorporated the block heel into their sandals. Not to mention retail stores such as Zara, and Urban Outfitters who currently feature the block heel through many of their designs.

Not only will we be able to find fringe booties, and ankle strap sandals with this 2-3inch heel, but also the gladiator caged block heel sandal will definitely take the concept of sandals to the next level and of course, elevate your wardrobe.

If you’re going for a more sophisticated and flirty sandal, Jeffrey Campbell’s, “Lavish” cage sandal, will certainly give you a polished and finished touch. Comparatively, if you’re a downtown girl, with an edgy appeal, take a look at the designer’s, ‘Salavas’ style that comes in leather with buckles that go above your ankle. Jeffrey Campbell undoubtedly added versatility into his designs this spring, but then again, when does the California native designer ever not.

Both traditional and modern sandals have been reconstructed in so many ways, that whether you’re going for the bohemian, glamorous, or preppy look, the sandals of the season will prove to be your best accessory.

California State University East Bay
‘Fashion Week’ – Chic sandals for Spring/Summer