What to Wear this Summer - White Flat Sandals
Updated: May 26, 2022
Are you new to Austin and wonder what to wear this summer for parties and social events? Or have you lived here awhile but don’t feel like the “anything goes” dress code fits your personal style? Either way I have a solution for you! I feel that our shoes can set the tone for any outfit. So, if you need to create a look that is casual yet elevated your shoes can do all the heavy lifting. This year I am loving one shoe in particular that is sure to keep you looking stylish but not overdressed in Austin this summer – White flat sandals.
A white shoe feels fresh and modern, compared to the countless flesh tone shades we have embraced the last decade. And for Austin a flat sandal guarantees you will look the right amount of “casual.” From back yard BBQs, dinners on the patio, and house parties, a white flat sandal pairs with a variety of summer outfits. Wear them cut offs and a tank top, a fun printed dress, flowy linen pants, or a romper. The key to feeling put together wearing a flat sandal is selecting one of good quality and with subtle visual interest. Here are four white flat sandals I think would elevate anyone’s summer outfit in Austin without making them looked over dressed.
JW Anderson has been on my radar ever since I saw owner Stacy Smallwood of Hampden boutique wear a pair of the designer’s mules this past fall. The chunky gold chain is becoming iconic, and for a summer shoe I love this that the twist flat incorporates the chain in a new way. Pair them with cut off jeans and a tank top, or a long printed dress for a chic, cool girl look.
Although the upper part of the shoe is faux leather, the sole is genuine leather, making them super comfortable and excellent quality. The oversized puffy twisted straps give the sandal a secure fit. I recommend sizing up if you’re in between sizes.
Birman is known for his bow accents and has recently started incorporating other thoughtful designs into his collections. I love the dressy nautical vibe of this knot flat. They look classy with white linen pants and a silk blouse, or a cotton midi dress.
At first when I pulled them out of the box, I was worried the multiple straps would pinch as I walked in them. However, they are super comfortable and do not pinch at all. They are very lightweight and feel secure as you walk. They run small, so I recommend trying a whole size up.
Classic Italian artisanship, Santoni is luxury all the way. I love the clean, understated knot strap. To me they look like a sandal from the 1960s but feel modern with a square toe. Wear them with cotton sweater and tailored shorts, or a t-shirt and long silk skirt.
The leather on these flats is buttery soft. I could tell why these sandals have the highest price tag as soon as I put them on because of the softness and fit. The slim straps make them feel super elegant and classy. To me these are the dressiest of the four, and if you want a true investment white sandal these are the sandals for you. They fit true to size.
Alexandre Birman’s more attainable shoe brand, Schutz is known for bold, trend-driven styles. Although these white sandals aren’t as sleek as the others, I think the still look elevated. Wear them with a romper or relaxed button down and wide leg jeans
They are comfortable to walk in because the sole is cushioned, and the thick straps provide good support. Even though they are faux leather to me they look more expensive because the white material for the straps also covers the foot bed. If you are in between sizes, I recommend sizing up.
Finding a balance between dressing casual and feeling styled can be challenge. But with quality pieces, like an elevated white flat sandal you are off to a great start. I hope after reading this you feel more confident about what to wear this summer in Austin!
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