Now that the warm weather is amping up, we’re ready to display our best pedicures again and enjoy showing some ankle! New spring sandals this season will do more than that though they’re also going to take us to new heights! (but very comfortable ones I can assure you). Take a rest day from stunning stiletto heels and slip into stylish chunky wedge sandals, platform slingbacks, and relaxed sliders. We’ve got three tips on how to wear these sandals as effortlessly as they feel too.
The trick to pulling off platform sandals is to keep your outfit balanced on top and bottom, key into how color affects the “weight” of the shoe, and introduce patterns to break up the distribution of material.
1. Finding A Balance
Chunky wedge sandals are a fantastic spring choice because we can still get the leg lengthening benefits that heels provide but with extra arch support that makes them so comfortable. Clunky and chunky are two different things though! A good medium-sized wedge heel is one like the Stretch Ankle Strap Wedge Heel by Matt Bernson.
Even if this wedge was higher, the elastic, form fitting straps of this sandal help to counteract any sense of heaviness. An example of a fun wedge that does give more lift is the “Sherbert” Woven Stretch Fabric Wedge Slide from Steven by Steve Madden. Pairing this shoe with skinny jeans or a light tunic top will also help balance the density of the outfit out.
2. Keying Into Color
With the two great shoes above you can also note that the colors they’re styled in are neutrals. The sandals stands out by its lift but the color keeps it from elevating the wearer into unfashionable territory. Another color that helps these sandals and wedges still feel light is metallics and off whites. The e360 Beachouse Slide Sandal by easy spirit fashion is a smart sandal that gives a platform lift in a cooling color.
If you love to add sparkle to your outfits anyway then I have to recommend the e360 Beachin Elastic Slingback Sandal by easy spirit fashion too. Its strip of metallic sequins down the middle draws the eye up from the platform base and also helps reflect light to make the sandal feel airy.
3. Relieving Patterns
It may seem counterproductive–at first–but picking a sandal with a steady pattern on the top will help alleviate too much visual weight focused in the platform or wedge. The “Fifi” Platform Thong Sandal by Donald J. Pliner has a subtle woodgrain pattern that creates a sense of flow, which relaxes the height.
Returning to the deliciously high heights of the “Sherbert” Woven Stretch Fabric Wedge Slide from Steven by Steve Madden, even a higher relief wedge can be stylized for daily wear with a subduing pattern. (It also makes use of metallics!)
How will you style your sandals for spring?