Nothing says summer like the perfect pair of leather sandals (worn on a patio, sipping a cucumber martini… but we digress). The only thing standing in your way? The fear of blisters – it’s real.

how to break in leather sandals
Thankfully, Real Simple taught us this trick so we could ditch the Band-Aids:

  1. Strap on your new leather sandals.
  2. Fill a bucket with water.
  3. Quickly step in and out of the water.
  4. Towel off any excess water.
  5. Wear the sandals damp to soften them up.

Note: Not all leather is created equal, so be sure to do a quick water test on a hidden patch before you take the full plunge.

Once they dry, your kicks will be molded to your feet and take their rightful place as your go-to summer shoe. Now all that’s left is tracking down that cucumber martini.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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June 18, 2015

All dressed up and everywhere to go. Lucky for you, we’ve decoded the just-right shoes for wherever you’re headed. From desk to drinks, check our trusty chart before you choose.

what shoes to wear where

So go ahead – put your best foot forward.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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June 6, 2015

Unfortunately, not every summer soiree includes an easy exit. Sometimes, you have to stick it out – rain, shine, or impossible humidity. So before you head to that next dinner party, take a few hot-summer cues from us.


For Men
It’s hot and muggy out, and you’re going to sweat. Wear a T-shirt, right? Wrong. The Art of Manliness implores you to choose a button-front or polo on sunny days before reaching for the tee. Even a long-sleeve button-front (made of natural fibers) will keep you cooler than a cotton-blend or polyester tee. Not to mention the versatility factor. You’ll seldom feel underdressed.

For occasions that call for a sport coat, wear light colors and fabrics (like white and linen). Heading to a patio or beach-front party? Roll up those pant cuffs and swap out oxfords for boat shoes.

For Women
We’ll admit it – women sweat, too. (Guys, deal with it). A few things to avoid when hitting the party circuit: cap sleeves, too-short shorts, doing your hair, and the color gray. Go with a billowy off-the-shoulder dress. You’ll stay cool while still showing a little skin. Since you’ll have to bring a bag for those touch-up essentials, make it a big, bright one that’s still slim enough to tuck under your arm.

For Kids
Shorts, tees, stripes, anchors. It’s hard to make them not look cute. Heading to a kid-friendly party? Make sure they’re comfortable – or you’re in for an early night. And don’t forget hats. Even if it’s not an outside event, they’ll probably end up in the yard anyway.

For Home
Not unlike your wardrobe, your summer bed requires cool cotton and linen fabrics for maximum comfort on humid nights. Satin and silk may sound appealing, but they’re not as breathable. Swap your heavy winter comforter for a lightweight duvet in a creamy white or nude hue.

Our Big. Rue. Sale. Boutique opens Wednesday, July 17, at 11AM.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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July 17, 2013

You know that feeling when the season changes and all your shoes suddenly feel wrong? Chalk it up to what they’re made of. Summer is officially here, and you should be switching to lighter, warm weather–friendly materials. Here’s what to wear and where to wear it.


Mesh: Striking that just-right balance between casual and chic, metallic mesh offers a fun take on the standard lunch-date go-to, the ballet flat. That just-slip-on-and-go style (with extra breathability) is quintessentially summer.

Cork: Completely neutral, cork pairs well with everything once temps start to rise. In a chunky-heeled sandal, it complements tailored shifts in the workplace. And in thong-sandal form, it’s more than patio-ready for all those summer BBQs.

Woven leather: Pick a light brown hue and you’re suddenly channeling hayfields and freshly grown crops. Ground airy summer dresses with a wedge and prepare to attend every last garden, beach, and roof-deck party, sans fear of sinking into the grass, sand, or gaps (it’s happened to the best of us).

Raffia trim: Say hello to your casual weekend shoe. You get all the comfort of a leather flat with the added bonus of a summery espadrille-style raffia trim.

Braided twine: Attending a wedding on the Vineyard (or any other beachside locale)? Accessorize with a woven twine bootie. In addition to feeling super lightweight, anything remotely nautical and ropey is always chic come summer.

Which material is missing from your shoe collection? Our Stuart Weitzman Boutique opens Wednesday, June 26, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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June 26, 2013

When the temps rise high (and there is little air-conditioning to be found), style can take a back seat – on account of sweating your you-know-what off. This results in what we like to call the summer uniform. Shorts and tees, simple maxi dresses, chinos and polos for guys. If it’s light and easy, we’re wearing it.

The key to keeping things interesting through the hottest months? Shoes. With a bright-hued, eclectic assortment of can’t-help-but-stare-at pairs, what you’re wearing can be simple while your outfit remains standout. Here are some kicks that steal the spotlight.



For her: Red is an attention hog. However pared down (or paper-thin) your outfit is, these shoes will draw every onlooker’s eye.

For him: Focus on detail and color from the ankle down, freeing you up to go all-neutral on top.

For kids: For summer, always find them the cutest pairs – they’ll probably strip off that adorable outfit you picked anyway.

Our Cole Haan Boutique opens Thursday, June 20, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 20, 2013


1. We’ve kicked off the sunny season – and now to tackle that Summer Bucket List.

2. Summery décor ideas. So your home can be just as bright as your warm-weather outlook.

3. A whole board full of seashell DIYs means one thing: time to hit the beach.

4. Sandals, espadrilles, and wedges, oh my! Finally – light and airy shoes (on a daily basis).

5. Short, beachy dresses and cover-ups. Because a vacation deserves a whole new wardrobe.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.

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May 28, 2013