This week’s crazy warm weather just begged for the first appearance of summer sandals. But somehow that seemed a little strange in April. Not exactly like breaking out the white linen pants, but still, strange. My new black suede platform sandals feel just right to bridge the seasons. My toes peeping out seems summery but the dark, rich material keeps these shoes firmly rooted in spring.
I’m back from a lovely vacation on Cape Cod with lots of family, friends, and beautiful beach weather, but I’m still in full summer vacation mode. Which, in the land of PursuitofStyleness, means thinking about the perfect summer outfit, right down to the perfect shoes. At nearly eight months pregnant, the perfect shoe has increasingly been a pair of flip flops, mostly because that’s the shoe that fits. But my darling husband, whose feet remain their normal size despite impending parenthood, is feeling a lot more inspired on the shoe front. And who could blame him? Today, he headed to the office sporting his brand new Cole Haan Air Spectators. Super spiffy on a hot Friday in D.C. and a perfect match to his stylish tan, cotton suit. Not to mention that Air technology gave him an extra spring in his step. Or maybe it was his purple bow tie (sadly, not pictured). He gets pretty excited about bow ties as well as shoes.
While I’m still enjoying my recent espadrille purchase (which proved to be as comfortable as I’d hoped, admirably holding up to a weekend stomping around New York City), I’m working hard on my other summer shoe obsession – lightweight oxfords. The oxford pump has long been a favorite of mine as a work-appropriate yet stylish shoe. For summer, I have my fashion heart set on a low-heeled shoe in a breathable fabric as a nice alternative to sandals. Something that will look cute with a skirt and polish up a pair of shorts.
I thought I’d found my shoe with Bass’s Jolene linen oxford, but I’ve spent most of the past two week exchanging sizes like Goldilocks romping through the Three Bears’ closet. The size seven was so large my foot slid back and forth with every step. Yet the six and half proved so small that I had to curl my toes under to jam my foot in to it, Cinderella-step-sister-style. Since they don’t make anything between a six and a half and a seven, it doesn’t look like I’m going to find that “just right” pair.
So I’m back on the oxford prowl. Here are a few possible contenders. I admit the last one isn’t quite like the rest, being a pump rather than a flat. But it’s just too adorable to resist!