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Everything You Didn"t Know You Wanted to Know About Sandals: Flats, Platforms, and Heels. When the summer sun is directly overhead, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to wear the classic summer shoe: the sandal! Sandals are open shoes that afford the feet some breathing room, and normally consist of a sole held to the foot by straps that pass over the instep and around the ankle. Sandals within themselves are historic because they are the oldest known forms of footwear, and can be traced back to the times of the ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians. In fact, the oldest known shoes that have been found to date are a pair of 10,000 year-old sandals that were found in Fort Rock Cave in Oregon. With the distinction of being the precursor to all of today"s modern shoes, it"s understandable how the sandal has diversified to encompass numerous new footwear trends, including flat sandals, platform sandals, and heel sandals!

Dominate the Scene in a Pair of Trendy Gladiator Flats

The epitome of comfort, sandals have protected humans" feet for over 10,000 years. The most historic sandals were flat, and the flat style continues to be popular today, in part because of the added comfort of walking parallel to the ground rather than at an angle. It is medically suggested after wearing heels a majority of the week to allow your feet to relax by wearing a flat shoe, and what better type of shoe to wear than a women"s flat sandal? One of the most popular trends this season in women"s flat sandals is the gladiator sandal. Guess"s Succeed 3 gladiator-styled sandal boasts leather interlocking ankle- and side-straps to decorate your foot and perfect any summer outfit!

Look Trendy for a Night Out in Platform Sandals

Though not quite as comfortable as flat sandals, women"s platform sandals offer another unique niche in the sandal world. Platform sandals, or sandals in which the sole of the shoe is raised (sometimes in addition to the heel of the shoe) can allow those of us who have a harder time balancing in stilettos to add some height without falling over. The extra support of a raised sole can help maintain balance when you"re out on the dance floor, while still giving you the appearance of wearing a high heel. Martinez Valero"s Ola-S platform sandal offers a 4 inch heel combined with a 1 inch platform, as well as an adjustable ankle strap and black satin straps with a dazzling center cutout that oozes glamorous sophistication. These platform sandals will definitely show off your feet (and your outfit)!

Boast Your Assets with Heel Sandals

Looking for a way to elongate your legs and accentuate your assets? Look no further than a pair of women"s heel sandals! While less comfortable than the other variations of sandals, heel sandals can provide more comfort than women"s pumps while still adding height and looking great! Many heel sandals resemble flat and platform sandals in that they are strappy and yet open, allowing air to flow over the feet. A very chic heel sandal for this summer is the Betsey Johnson Lavant sandal, which features a pink T-strap and ankle buckle, a grey suede ankle strap, and a yellow sole. The fun colors accent the shoe and can be incorporated into any trendy summer outfit!


Keep Your Style in Step With Sandals this Summer!

Sandals, man"s first shoe, live on with vivacity year after year! This simple shoe, with its strappy and airy design, provides comfort and protection for your foot (and sometimes even a splash of color)! Whether a flat sandal, a platform sandal, or a sandal with a heel, all sandals are versatile enough to be either dressed up or dressed down, depending on your particular occasion. Celebrate the sandal as a much-loved part of your wardrobe: it"s been here since the beginning of time, and it"s unlikely to decrease in popularity anytime soon!

Heather Lazzaro

 

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