Womens Summer Shoes: Omiru’s Guide to Wearable Summer 2009 Shoe Trends

June 4th, 2009

Whether you’re going out on the town, exploring local backroads, or just lounging around with friends and family, you’re going to want a variety of stylish summer shoes for every occasion.  But what kinds of shoes should you be considering to add to your collection, beyond your closet full of flip flops, classic canvas sneakers, and summery espadrilles?  Omiru’s guide to womens summer shoes dissects this summer’s shoewear trends and shows you what shoes you’ll want to wear (or at least be aware of) this summer:

Ballet Flats
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Jeffrey Campbell Pearl Flat | $109.95 at Nordstrom

In a word, ballet flats are classic.  They mix form and function, and they’re a wonderful shoe for women on the go.  Grab a pair of ballet flats in a bright color to give a modern twist on the sophisticated classic.  Or opt for a metallic ballet flat that will help ground an outfit full of bright colors and patterns.  For more inspiration, you may also want to check out Omiru’s shopping guide for beautiful ballet flats.

Jelly Shoes
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Tod’s Jelly Thong Sandal | $117 (sale, originally $175) at Neiman Marcus

Jelly shoes have come a long way since the 1980s.  Today’s Jelly shoes take the best of the plastic summer shoe you remember and add a real dose of style.  Take Tod’s Jelly sandals, for example.  We’re loving the sleek foot harness and the thoughtful tassel detailing.  And you really can’t beat that bright orange color—the perfect shade for womens summer shoes.

Caged Shoes
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Jada Cage Stiletto | $29.80 at Forever 21

For the adventurous, caged shoes add an edge to even the plainest of outfits.  They’re inspired by Stefano Pilati’s caged ankle boots for YSL’s runway collection.  They’re certainly runway material, but these summer shoes are more difficult to pull off in Real Life.  Plus, we wouldn’t recommend them on super sunny days, as they could leave a distinctive tanline on your feet.  If you dare, try these cage shoes with a outfit that keeps you covered up, such as a simple dress.  If you’re wearing shoes like these, we’d recommend keeping the rest of your outfit relatively conservative. 

Driving Mocs

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Catalina Metallic Leather Driving Mocs | $99.99 (sale, originally $140) at J Crew

We’re huge fans of driving mocs, both for women and for men.  Driving mocs were meant, originally, for driving—hence the rubberized soles that help you grip the pedals.  But they work for so much more.  Pair your driving mocs with a simple Capri pant and blouse.  Or let them provide a classic foundation to a casual pair of jeans and a cute top.

Gladiator Sandals
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Merona Edwina Gladiator Sandal | $24.99 at Target

Gladiator Sandals have divided the fashion community—you either love them or you hate them. Gladiator Sandals make a distinctive shoe style statement for those who dare to wear them.  We like to see them paired with simple, casual clothes to give summer basics a bit of an edge.  For those of you who are on the fence about Gladiators, you may want to try Merona’s version of an elegant Gladiator sandal.  It’s a combo summer shoe – so you get the height (and comfort) of a wedge sandal with the style of a Gladiator sandal.

Tell us, what Summer 2009 shoe trends will you be wearing?  And which shoe trends will you be steering clear of?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Shopping Guide, Trend, Trend Predictives, Trendscape, Trendscape, What's In and What's Out, Women

9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  June 4th, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I still can’t do flats … I just feel so stumpy and awkward! So I’ll skip the ballet flats and the driving mocs. But I’ve got my Melissa jellies, my cage heels, and my gladiators and they’re all in rotation.

  • 2. Iz  |  June 4th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    i love gladiator sandals! any suggestions for vegan or cruelty-free shoes?

  • 3. Trisha  |  June 4th, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Very nice, Sal. I have to admit - I still wear flats even though I probably shouldn’t…I’m only 5′0″ :) The allure of the driving mocs is just too much for me.

  • 4. Trisha  |  June 4th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Iz - three out of our five picks above (the Jelly Shoe, the Caged Shoes, and the Gladiator Sandals) are made from non-leather materials.

    At a designer level, Stella McCartney is known for cruelty-free shoes. She uses a lot of faux leather materials…but the price tags can be pretty steep. You can check out her designs at http://www.stellamccartney.com.

  • 5. Robin  |  June 5th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I can’t say that I will try out the jellies. They’re still too juvenile for me and they have the annoying tendency to make my feet sweat. I am just praying… that I don’t see anymore “Crocs” out there this summer. Jellies are a better alternative as they at least can look semi-cute

  • 6. Raf  |  June 7th, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I, too, am glad that Crocs are ‘over.’ However, Crocs are much cuter than gladiator sandals and I’ll be glad when I no longer have to look at them, either. Ladies, I promise not to make comments about your *adjective removed* ballet flats if you promise to burn your gladiator sandals…especially the flat ones.

  • 7. Trisha  |  June 7th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    I’ll third the “happy that Crocs are over” meme :)

  • 8. Jackie Borman  |  October 22nd, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Ballet flat and jelly shoes really look very nice. Yeah the summer collection varies a lot from year to year . Last year I had purchased a few of them for wife to wear them for festive moods. Nice article.

  • 9. kasia smith  |  February 9th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    nice shoes i love them

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