Fashion & Accessories

By Brittany Irvine

Espadrilles and wedges are stunning summer footwear. Making a statement with them is simple, as they can complement any outfit or be its focal point. With a plethora of colors and styles, achieving a look for any lifestyle is easy.

Wedge sandals like these from XOXO Flora provide the look of a strappy sandal with a little height that can coordinate with any summer ensemble. A braided detail adds extra style to the shoe and hints at a Bohemian vibe. Want to feel a little bit edgy? These XOXO Flora Espadrille bottom-trimmed wedges sport a small metal chain laced through the braids at the toe. Pair the wedges with a flowing maxi skirt adorned with bold pops of color for the ultimate in boho-chic style. XOXO Flora is available at Macy’s.

What is the one of the hottest trends of the summer? Color blocking, of course. The latest buzz about the trend has allowed the concept to expand into every facet of fashion! One of the most unique ways to sport the color blocking trend this season is with your shoes. These cream-colored Patchuli II wedges from Melissa have a classic look, but create a bold twist with subtle color blocking. The red stripe down the back and along the bottom brings an unexpected element to the shoe. The adorable ankle strap adds a sassy touch to the fashionable peep toes. The Melissa Patchuli II wedge can be found at Shop 601 stores or at shop601.com.

After all, with an exotic name like Patchuli, how could you not use this shoe for that understated pop of color? Just like the two-toned Patchuli flower, the shoe mimics its color scheme. The 4” wedge has a cushion platform, allowing comfort and style at the same time. To add to the drama of the shoe, a gold buckle on the ankle strap complements its sleek look. Let’s not forget about the peep toe. Pair these with a simple, solid color dress allowing the shoes to make the ultimate statement.

Next in line to shine in color blocking is the Casey Wedge, by Schutz. With its brown crocodile ankle strap and wedge, and its yellow and purple hue, the sandal is a perfect accessory to any wardrobe essential. This is ideal to pair with a brightly colored blouse or top and basic neutral shorts, or a simple bold-hued dress, allowing the shoes to become the focal point. The gold buckle detailing is adorable and pulls the look together.

The simple yellow detail is an excellent primary color accent and the purple strap over the toe is a great bold pop of color. These elements of the shoe allow for wear with multiple different outfits, which makes the shoes easier to take from day to night. The Casey Wedge is also a great accent piece, pairing well with basics for a chic, casual day look. The Casey by Schutz is available on Piperlime.

Espadrilles and wedges are in their prime season! Whether using shoes as your main accessories and wanting to make them a bold statement, or just wanting them as emphasis to complement your bolder outfit, a look can be achieved. The options are endless for espadrilles and wedges in spring and summer and so is bright pops of color. Paired with cute sundresses or sheer tops and neutral shorts, espadrilles are sure to thrill.

Originally published July 2012
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