“Flip-flops are only for when you’re physically on the beach,” said Arthur, the owner of Arthur & Daughters, 49 N. Beaver St., York.
For ladies looking to take baby steps away from the rubber summer staple, Arthur recommends a flat, leather thong sandal.
She also likes Salt Water Sandals by Hoy. The durable, waterproof leather sandals cost less than $40 and come in both adult and kids’ sizes.
“I rarely advocate for wearing the same shoes as your child, but (for these) I make an exception,” Arthur said.
Big on blingMetallic sandals and sandals with jeweled ornaments have been filling the shelves at Debbie Williams’ store.
Arthur has a pair of Manolo Blahnik metallic sandals sitting in her designer consignment shop’s window.
The $150 sandals, she said, are worth the money because they feel better on your feet and don’t wear out as quickly as less expensive brands. But, she warned, they’re not just for special occasions.
“There’s no point investing in good shoes if you’re not going to wear them,” she said. The strappy sandals, while perfect for a cocktail dress, could also work as a statement accessory with a pair of jeans and a T-shirt.If you are looking to make an investment in your wardrobe, Arthur recommends buying a shoe that can carry you from spring to summer to fall.
“Look for something with seasonal versatility,” she said, like a T-strap pump that has strappy openness for warm weather but can easily be paired with opaque tights for cooler months.
You don’t have to break the bank to get a good pair of summer sandals, Williams, manager at Shoe Gallery Etc., 1720 S. Queen St., Spring Garden Township, said.
“You can get a nice sandal in the $59 to $69 range,” she said.
Going to great heights
“Heels are still popular, but we’re finding that women want just a bit more comfort,” said Williams. “With wedges, you get the height without the discomfort.”
Arthur agrees, but she said wedges are slimmer for 2013, which creates a more sophisticated silhouette.
She also said flatforms — a flat platform‚ are gaining in popularity.
“I’m not sure what I like better,” she joked. “The look of this shoe or saying ‘flatform.’”
Arthur said these sandals will add height without putting pressure on the balls of your feet. But she advised looking for a slimmer flatform — rather than a chunky shoe — to avoid looking like you’re wearing an orthotic.
Pop of color“Melon and aqua are always popular colors for spring,” said Williams. She said colorful espadrilles — canvas or cotton flats or wedges with rope-like detail on the sole — continue to be a hit with her customers. She said to pair the pop of color with a neutral outfit.
If you’d rather have the pops of color up top, Arthur recommends going with a toned-down sandal.
“Neutrals look great with bright neon,” she said.
Both Williams and Arthur warned of getting overwhelmed by ankle straps, seen in many popular styles.“A flat shoe with an ankle strap can make your legs look shorter,” Arthur said. She opts for ankle straps in a nude or camel color to elongate the leg.
Williams said thinner straps won’t necessarily cut the leg off.
“The straps that we find that are more flattering go just below the ankle.”