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How To Wear Knee-High Sandals This Summer

Knee-high sandals are some of the hottest shoe trends of summer, since they can ultimately change the look of any outfit. Pair them with shorts, skirts, and shift dresses for a trendy look that is seriously effortless! Try some of our favourite outfit combinations below with your pair of knee-high sandals this summer.

RELATED: 5 Shoes Making A Trendy Comeback

Shirt dress

Our favourite Kardashian sister was spotted with a killer pair of knee-high sandals in Los Angeles over the summer. Kourtney finished off this bohemian inspired look with a large-brim fedora hat.

How To Wear Knee-High Sandals This Summer

Denim shorts

Get into the festival vibe this summer by pairing distressed denim shorts with knee-high sandals. Just remember to apply some SPF so you’re not left with a weird leg-tan!

How To Wear Knee-High Sandals This Summer

Baby doll dress

Keep cool in this stunning baby doll dress which is perfect for events during the evening. Finish off the look with a handbag to store all of the essentials.

How To Wear Knee-High Sandals This Summer

Kimono jacket

Style your favourite denim shorts and knee-high sandals with a kimono jacket for the summer.

How To Wear Knee-High Sandals This Summer

Coloured denim

Take it one step further and try some coloured denim mini shorts which are perfect with a summer tan. A crop top or bodysuit is the best way to keep cool during the warmer weather.

How To Wear Knee-High Sandals This Summer

Skort

Style your favourite skort with a pair of knee-high sandals for a dinner date or drinks in the summer.

How To Wear Knee-High Sandals This Summer

Playsuit

Try a fun, summer playsuit with knee-high sandals for a quick and effortless look ideal for the beach.

How To Wear Knee-High Sandals This Summer

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The Sneaker Must-Haves This Season

It’s not often that a fashion trend is as long-lasting and as comfortable as the sneaker trend that has been around for a few years now. Sneakers are everywhere and have become acceptable and fashionable outside the gym.

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While I was waiting for the bus this morning, 5 out of the 6 girls around me were wearing running shoes and there wasn’t a single gym bag in sight.

It’s time to kick your heels off! If you haven’t got a good pair of sneakers in your wardrobe already (an even if you do), these are the four sneaker must-haves of the moment that you will want to get your hands on.

The styler ($130)

adidas original supercolour

The adidas Superstar Supercolor sneakers come in 50 different colours – pretty much every colour you could want – and were designed in collaboration with Pharrell Williams. Needless to say, these bold sneakers are for those who like to make a fashion statement.

The runner ($160)

Nike Flyknit Yellow

The Nike Roshe Flyknit is the perfect example of a running shoe that is too pretty to be used only during your workouts. Not only are they super light, but the honeycomb weave style takes the classic Nike shoe to another level of awesomeness.

The worker ($402)

Marc Jacobs sneaker

This is the sneaker for people that don’t like sneakers. With their monochrome look and leather fringe details, these Marc Jacobs shoes will give you the comfort of a sneaker and the elegance of loafers. Ideal for outfits that require a bit more sophistication.

The designer ($870)

Burberry sneaker

The Lamborghini  among the sneakers, these Burberry shoes don’t come cheap and should definitely not be worn at the gym. They’re every fashionista’s dream and will be appropriate with any outfit and at any occasion as long as you tell everyone that they’re Burberry, darling.

Images via hypedc.com, Adidas, Style Bop, Burberry

How To Style Lace-Up Flats

Give your old ballet flats a style refresh this autumn with one of the hottest shoe trends, the lace-up flats.

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Not only are they appropriate for all occasions, but they look amazing paired with a little black dress, or even a pair of denim shorts. Style your lace-up flats with a bit of inspiration below.

Denim shorts

Take notes from blogger Elle Ferguson, and style your favourite pair of lived-in denim shorts with lace-up flats. A white blouse never fails to complete this casual outfit and a blazer is perfect for when the temperature drops.

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Cropped trousers

Any type of cropped trousers add the perfect finishing touch to a pair of lace-up flats. They allow the laces to sit a bit higher on the leg and are easy to style with a chunky knit or scarf.

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Oversized coats

A warm, oversized coat adds the perfect touch of high and low to an autumn outfit. How? Your body should feel warm and cosy without compromising your style – the best balance!

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Chunky sweaters

Make like master-blogger Jules Sarinana, and style your flats with a cosy, oversized sweater. This look is perfect for a day filled with brunch dates and shopping bags – don’t forget that classic oversized bag to hide all of your purchases.

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Distressed denim

Who could resist a touch of distressed denim, especially during the autumn/winter season? Tash Sefton style one of our favourite pairs of Isabel Marant flats with white and khaki colours – talk about outfit inspo!

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How would you style lace-up flats for winter?

Images via Shalini Papas, Elle Ferguson, Styleoholic, Sincerely Jules

How To Style Coloured Shoes

Choosing a statement pair of shoes can prove difficult for women who love their monochrome colours such as black and grey, but a change like this can easily influence your entire outfit. Wear a pair of statement heels on an evening out with a classic bandage dress, or simply accessorise a bold pair of flats for a casual day having brunch.

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Matchy-matchy

Accessorise your shoes with the rest of your outfit if you want to ease into this popular trend. Not only will it tie-in your entire look together, but is a great way to turn heads without creeping out of your comfort zone.

How To Style Coloured Shoes

Classic styles

Opt for classic footwear to make the transition that much smoother. You’ll find yourself getting more wear out of the items in your wardrobe which aren’t necessarily too trendy. Add a fun pop of accessories to make this look feel genuine and a proper representation of your style.

How To Style Coloured Shoes

Mature silhouette

Easily balance-out your outfit by incorporating trendy items with classic silhouettes. A long tube skirt or an a-line skirt is always a great option when paired with a coloured heel – it makes the outfit look like a fusion of new and old!

How To Style Coloured Shoes

Denim

Who doesn’t love a bit of denim in their life? A classic white t-shirt and denim pants are the best foundation for any look you wish to create. Stilettos, pumps, flats, or even coloured sandals will pop on this outfit.

How To Style Coloured Shoes

Winter whites

Pair your favourite white blazer or pants with an eye catching shoe which is really effortless to pull off. A coloured trainer is a (painless) way to bring a bit of colour back into your life without hurting the state of your feet!

How To Style Coloured Shoes

How do you wear coloured shoes?

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Footwear You Need This Summer

Although we really don’t need another excuse to buy more shoes, summer is the perfect reason to stock-up on a variety of footwear for the new season. But with so much variety out there on the market, where do we start?

Use the following footwear options as a sartorial guide for shoes that you need to survive the warmer season.

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Wedge

Wedges are an incredible shoe for the summer, since they are still very dressy but comfortable at the same time. To show off your killer-tan, choose a colour such as brown or black (since this can also go with almost any outfit).

If you plan on wearing wedges for a long time, choose a pair which has a tiny platform – this will keep your feet happy all night long!

Footwear You Need This Summer

BETTS Toni, $99.99

Espadrilles

There’s no doubt about it that espadrilles are definitely staying in trend for summer. They come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and styles, all of which are flattering on every foot!

If your outfits are mostly monochrome, choose a fun pattern which will remain as the focal point of your entire outfit.

Footwear You Need This Summer

Missoni For Target Women’s Espadrilles, $40

Block heels

Every girl needs a pair of thick heels in their life – they’re easy to walk in, flatter the foot, and are appropriate for almost any time of formal event. Choose between gold and silver hardware if you shoes have an ankle strap, and make sure to match it with your other accessories.

Footwear You Need This Summer

ZU Shoes Cayman Nude Platform Sandal with Electroplated Ankle Strap, $130

Lace-up sandals

Whether you prefer a flat or heeled sandal, there is no denying that lace-up straps are a big trend this season. Wrap them around your ankle and make sure to tie with a double knot so they don’t come tumbling down!

Footwear You Need For SummerSenso Rhiannon I, $275

Footwear You Need This Summer…Just Because Ishka, $48.96

Mules

Last and not least have to be mules. Love it or leave it, but this trend has been resurrected from the late 90s, and it’s not going back anytime soon! Not only are mules extremely versatile, but they are a subtle and secure way to dress up your outfit without going over the top.

Footwear You Need This SummerTony Bianco Mary Heels, $118.96

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5 Ways To Style Birkenstocks

Love them or hate them, but Birkenstocks are back and in a big way! Slides have slowly crawled their way back into fashion with design houses such as Celine opting for fur-lined slides as the next big thing. If you’re curious about this trend, and how to incorporate it into your own style – watch this space.

Duster coat

The best way to get noticed wearing a pair of Birkenstocks is definitely the high-low appeal. This means wearing clothes from a variety of high and low end designers to create a unique look. Since we’re already in spring, as the weather warms-up wear your sandals with a long duster coat, leather skirt and long-sleeve shirt for a trans-seasonal look.

Distressed denim

For a laid-back look why not invest in a pair of well fitted jeans to wear with your Birkenstocks? This look is classic, will never go out of style and is oh-so comfy!

Lace

Make like an Olsen twin and bring a little bit of glam to your look by pairing your Birkenstocks with a pretty summer dress. Since we’ve already showed you how to wear white lace, incorporate this classic look into your spring/summer wardrobe without breaking a leg in sky-high stilettos.

Fuzzy jumper

Lesson 2 on how to keep it casual – pair your Birkenstocks with cut-off shorts and a fuzzy jumper. This understated look is still refined since the jumper is a major look-at-me piece without the risk of feeling underdressed.

Overalls

Yes, overalls. Take a little (okay, a lot) of inspiration from the 1990’s and channel this easy-breezy look with a plain white t-shirt and leather backpack. All in the name of comfort dressing!

How would you style Birkenstocks?

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4 Ways To Wear Espadrilles

Espadrilles have recently enjoyed an unprecedented comeback into mainstream fashion, with almost everyone wearing a variation of this once popular footwear. But espadrilles aren’t only confined to summer weather – they are also an alternative to basic ballet flats, since they go with almost anything! Below are just a few ways to style this trendy shoe.

Beach apparel

Whether you’re on holiday, dreaming about taking one or just experiencing the unseasonably warmer weather, espadrilles are the perfect shoe to complete your outfit. Style a basic pair of espadrilles with a chic summer dress, to instantly update your look.

4 Ways To Wear Espadrilles

Soludos Classic Espadrille Sandal, $54

Monochrome

Nothing looks better than a shirt-dress paired with some retro espadrilles. There are many variations of this popular style (some with laces, some without), so you are bound to find something you love. If your outfit choices are mostly monochromatic, invest in a pair of espadrilles which will give a pop of colour to your outfit.

4 Ways To Wear Espadrilles

Seed Sofia Leather Hair Espadrille, $89.95

Denim jeans

Trade your old pair of ballet flats for a fun pair of espadrilles instead. Not only do they look better, but they also support the foot since they are equipped with a thick, resistant sole. Skinny jeans and a warm cardigan are just one way to make this look work.

4 Ways To Wear Espadrilles

Castaner ‘Onda’ Espadrilles, $93

Shift dress

Lace-up wedge espadrilles aren’t only confined to the south of France! Even Alexa Chung has caught onto the trend, and embraced this look with a shift dress, leather trousers and a coat for the chilly weather.

4 Ways To Style Espadrilles

Spurr #Lively Espadrille Wedges, $49.95

How would you wear espadrilles?

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3 European Shoe Designers To Watch This Season

While we all love a pair of Jimmy Choos and simply can’t go past a pair of Manolo Blahniks, there are some major players in shoe design that you need to start taking notice of right now. These shoe labels are at the forefront of women’s fashion in Europe and any trendsetter would be crazy to pass these guys by.

Vincini

Vicini and its young creative brand Vicini Tapeet, are one of the most iconic brands in Italy. With designer Giuseppe Zanotti and his 550-strong team in the largest shoe manufacturing district of San Mauro Pascoli, what’s not to love?!

With at least four launches a year of beautifully designed shoes, there is always something spectacular to choose from. Platform pumps with bright colours and metallic metals are so hot in Europe right now, as always. 

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Baldinini

Baldinini have been making and designing shoes since 1910. Manufactured by hand and now handed down three generations, they have designed and created millions of shoes. It is no surprise that they have continued their bold designs and creative printed fabrics when it comes to their shoe designs; testament to their family’s history of the brand.

Their motto is ‘Baldinini is a code, a permit that allows you to stride confidently and elegantly along the most exclusive fashion paths’. Choose a bold platform wedge with pattern fabrics and you’re sure to be noticed! 

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Barbara Bui

Barbara Bui Paris is a favourite of many Hollywood superstars such as Kristen Stewart, Katy Perry and Jessica Biel. The brand is renowned for its fashion-forward approach to shoe design, and is adored by many all over the world. It is for this reason that we are excited to note that Liberty Shoes import this beautiful brand in their Sydney store.

An ever-popular design is the tight hugging ankle boots, we can honestly say they make your legs go for days. Barbara Buil’s shoes are the perfect accompaniment to any outfit. These boots are simply divine!

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All these styles and more are available now at Liberty Shoes, 47 Knox St, Double Bay, NSW.

High Heel Abuse: How to Have Happy Feet

Did Carrie Bradshaw, in TV’s Sex and the City, have bunions, degenerative joint growth and significant foot pain from chasing men, taxis and even dogs in her six-inch high heels? Forget Big Vs Aidan, this is the real unanswered question about that much-loved series, I tell you ladies! And if some of the most important men in your life bear the names Manolo, Jimmy and Christian – that’s shoe gods Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin respectively, of course – then chances are you love your high heels with a passion, too.

I spent my entire 20s and 30s teetering around in spike and stiletto heels and I’m paying the price now, with an unsightly bunion and corn on one foot – gross, I know! And while I’m so passionate about heels I have no regrets, there are steps you can take to try to prevent your love of high-fashion shoes from damaging your feet. It’s no surprise that my podiatrist – who wishes to remain anonymous, bless him (I strongly suspect it’s to protect himself from heel-loving ladies) – is no fan of high heels.

After a long and tedious lecture about how high heel abuse can aggravate bunions and cause corns and calluses, Mr Podiatrist dished the dirt on how Shesaid.com readers can wear their heels, but still maintain happy feet:

  • See a podiatrist regularly to keep feet in top condition. Mr Podiatrist and his ilk will handily professionally remove corns and calluses.
  • Combat bottom-of-the-foot pain by wearing heavily padded insoles. They act as a buffer between your foot and the ground.
  • Give your poor tootsies a break and wear flats and sneakers as well as your beloved heels.
  • Stretch like a runner to avoid Achilles’ tendon and calf pain.
  • Wear the right size heel and spend the money to get well-fitting ones. Look for heels with a snug, but not too tight fit.
  • Avoid wearing stilettos all the time – thicker heels are more stable and foot-friendly.
  • Wear open-toe high heels to relieve pressure on corns and calluses.

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5 Shoes Making A Trendy Comeback

Ever noticed that your old cringe-worthy heels made popular in the mid-2000s have recently been re-vamped and sold in stores with a heftier price tag? If you’ve still got these shoes somewhere in your closet, they’re probably considered outdated to some and completely on-trend to others. Below are our top four picks which are making a full-force comeback into fashion.

Mules

Sold almost everywhere from designer labels all the way to your local Zara, mules are a summer sandal which expose the heel and have no strap. Often dubbed as one of the most ‘ugliest’ shoes, they were made popular by Carrie Bradshaw, and she can’t get it wrong, can she? Basically, you can think of these shoes as high-heeled slippers, which often expose the toes. Black is best if you are stuck between which colour to buy, and a thicker heel will surely give you more support and stability while you’re strutting around town.

We recommend: River Island Womens Black Black Chunky Strap Mules, $50

Slip-ons

Slip-ons are closed flat shoes which don’t require any shoe laces, and are usually 3-4cms high. Very comfortable, but not exactly everyone’s cup of tea, they are best styled with distressed denim and a comfy jumper for a laid-back look. Designer Phoebe Philo was responsible for bring back this trend, when she designed a similar shoe for her label, Celine.

We recommend: Vans Classic Slip On, $89.95

Points

Pointed-heel shoes have made a steady comeback over the last few years, even replacing round-toe shoes which have been a massive trend over the last few years. Not only are these heels incredibly versatile, but they also elongate the leg and can be worn for a variety of occasions. If you’re worried about your foot slipping out, simply invest in pair which ties around the ankle. These will secure the foot in place, and create the illusion of a slimmer ankle.

We recommend: ASOS Spring Break Pointed High Heels, $49.02

Birkenstocks

What is there to say about Birkenstocks? You either love them, or you hate them – there is no in-between! These comfy sandals have been associated with the tourists for many years, but maybe they’re onto something? Available with a white or black strap, or even completely matte-black leather (if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on them), these are a massive trend which both men and women can enjoy.

We recommend: Birkenstock Arizona, $97.94

Jelly sandals

Yes, jelly sandals are definitely back, and not just for kids this time! These sandals are cheap, come in a variety of colours and fold up right into your handbag. Wear them casually with jeans and a simple t-shirt, or style them up for warmer weather with a flowy mini-dress.

We recommend: Jelly Beans Sandal, $34.99

Image via The Fashion Medley

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