I’ve never been good with summer, I just cannot get into it. Maybe its the heat, maybe its the tourism, maybe its the sweat, who knows. All I know, is that in these pictures, my hair wasn’t washed,(too much information) I had no eye liner on (yes, it was that bad) and I scrambled an outfit together I was trying to make good enough for summer. I remember the day very clearly,because I was very uncomfortable and grumpy at the heat that day. I simply did not care, and did not want to put effort in. Which is very different for me. When I think back to this shoot, and to all of the shoots I did that summer, I connected one thing that made it much more tolerable. Cute and classy summer clothes. I mean that makes life better, am I right? Especially when it comes to a cute pair of shoes, and how they can change a summer outfit astronomically. A person can wear shorts and a tee and be oh so basic, but the minute they strap on a nice pair of sandals, they are instantly back in the game!
I am very particular about the lace up sandals I buy, because the gladiator trend that came back in recently, hasn’t got me too excited. I admit there are some lace up/gladiator sandals that are to die for, but the basic models are not for me. Since the lace up flat made its appearance two (ish?) years ago, a person can buy pretty much anything in a lace up form. Sandals, heels, flats, you name it, stores are most likely selling it, because of this uproar in lace up shoes, the need to pick and choose is definitely a must. Some brands have mastered the art of this style (Stuart Weitzman, Zara, Aquazzura etc), and most of branched off of these initial designs.
The downfall of the designers I mentioned above, is that fact that almost all of those amazing shoes, are way out of my budget. So if you are like me, and have bills, student loans, and a clothing obsession, you will HAVE to find items that satisfy your desires, but also satisfy your checking account .The one thing I liked about these sandals from Mango, was the sense of classiness, functionality, and ease. I knew I didn’t want to break the bank for a pair of lace ups, but I also wanted something cute and casual for those summer days. I paid less than forty dollars for these babes, and got great use out of them for the season. It was a good purchase, and it made me have respect for Mango and their items. So while I sit here smoldering in the heat, and angry because I am sweating, I will cool down, by looking at all of the designers I love and hope to have every pair of shoes they have to offer one day. But for now, I can rest knowing that there are stores out there with amazing products, amazing prices, and the ability to help me count from ten backwards in my rage this summer.