It’s not too soon to look at sandals, right?

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Memorial Day is right around the damn corner, and not long after that will follow open-toed shoe season, so I don’t think I’m jumping the gun here by too much. Also, I promise that soon, I will post flat sandals and probably some heeled ones too, but today I bring you wedges and platforms, because they’re what’s on my mind. Let’s start out with this denim Rachel Comey pair, which I think is entirely boss.

I ordered these after reading somewhere that they’re unusually comfortable. I think they look fancier than they are, too.

I’m always a sucker for a crinkled metallic effect.

 

This K. Jacques pair is sort of like a classed-up version of my beloved-from-freshman-year-of-high-school Candie’s.

Few things create outfit excitement quite like a pop of yellow does.

These Vince platforms come in a number of colors (check them all out here) but I’m partial to the poppy lipstick red.

These would be perfect with a flowy sundress.

And I dig the dusty, faded-out blue here—I feel like it’s just subtle enough to treat as a neutral.

The combination of tweed and jute here is quite winning, and they’d go with just about anything.

The woven leather on these is chic and pretty classic.

These go for a mere $68, but almost look like they could be from A.P.C.

I just think these would be very walkable, and a grey shoe is a nice alternative to black.

OK, these splurgy sandals are slightly batshit crazy, but in such a good way that I couldn’t not include them.

The snakeskin strap here is a nice touch.

I think I deserve some small amount of congratulations for only including one clog sandal in this rundown: these are a brand-new shape from No. 6, and I think they’d be aces with a denim skirt.

I want these L.D. Tuttle platforms so badly—I have a light brown version of them from a few years ago that are now completely trashed, and I’m seriously wanting to pull the trigger because I got so much wear out of that other pair, and walked all over the city in them.

And finally: the white sole here is really fresh-looking, and often I do not like a white sole.

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25 Thoughts on It’s not too soon to look at sandals, right?
    Beth
    13 May 2019
    7:50am

    Flat sandals, please!

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      Jen
      13 May 2019
      8:30am

      Amen! What’s with all the platforms??

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        Kim France
        13 May 2019
        8:34am

        Ladies, I mentioned at the top of this post that I will be doing flats soon.

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          renée
          13 May 2019
          8:41am

          Oops – guess we skipped the reading and went straight to the images….

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      renée
      13 May 2019
      8:39am

      yes!
      something with a sole that actually bends would be nice.
      these all look v cool, but a solid plat/flatform on an uneven surface means twisted ankles.

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    Rae
    13 May 2019
    8:52am

    Love the Tuttle pair you have in brown and want in black — they look both comfortable and cool.

    Out of curiosity, why are the K. Jacques pair not considered clogs? They look very similar to the No.6 to me.

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      Kim France
      13 May 2019
      9:27am

      You make a good point, Rae. I suppose you could call the K. Jacques pair clogs too.

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    c.w.
    13 May 2019
    9:20am

    I LOVE the Rachel Comey denim pair which, fortunately for my ankles, don’t come in my size! Speaking of….a friend of mine who is a dr. calls shoes of this type “ankle breakers” which is funny until it’s not. This summer I’m leaning toward flat sandals so looking forward to that post!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      13 May 2019
      9:46pm

      After 2 torn Achilles Tendons and ankle surgery followed by a year long period of recovery…”No, thank you!” to platforms or anything high.

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    Viajera
    13 May 2019
    11:00am

    Clog people – I have a question. Do you drive in them? I need clog sandals for summer but I think I must confine myself to pairs with a back strap. Safety first or third or somewhere in there.

    I too love platforms.

    I can’t wear shoes with squishy bottoms though, at least for now. Ah well.

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      c.w.
      13 May 2019
      12:49pm

      I can drive in my Dansko clogs, but others I slip off and drive in a pair of flip-flops (which, truthfully, are no safer, but gives one that illusion!).

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        Viajera
        14 May 2019
        11:15am

        Thanks! Helpful.

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    Joannawnyc
    13 May 2019
    11:22am

    I really want those LD Tuttle ones too–her shoes always hit right smack solid in the heart of my shoe aesthetic. But it’s in the 40s today in the mid-Hudson Valley and I am wearing boots!

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      Elisa
      13 May 2019
      11:29am

      Thank you, Kim! Being short, I appreciate the height boost of a platform wedge. I have those black Clarks and can vouch for their comfort. They feel secure on the foot. And you can’t beat the price.

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    Kathy O
    13 May 2019
    11:25am

    I’d love a post on graphic tees.

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    Mimi
    13 May 2019
    11:33am

    The batshit crazy tweedy sandals are to die for. (I would have put tdf in all caps but I don’t want to emulate DT.) I’m a sucker for ankle straps (ixnay on instep straps, however.) The heel height of this sandal crosses into stripper shoe territory, but the platform makes walking a little less perilous, no? I want, I want, I want. How’s this for a shopping rationalization: I’ve been shrinking with age, ergo wide-legged trousers that used to be the right length are now sweeping the floor. So I either need a high platform shoe or will have to have some beloved pants shortened.

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    Mae
    13 May 2019
    6:34pm

    What eye candy you’ve provided today, Kim! I love, love, love those L.D. Tuttle platforms. I have become somewhat numb to shoe prices, but $650 makes me cringe. I’ll have to do the “walk away” test and see if I keep obsessing…

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    Karin
    13 May 2019
    6:52pm

    I’m salivating from the gorgeousness of all of these sandals….LOVE

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    MaryAlice
    13 May 2019
    12:30pm

    People! I’m 60 years old with a bad right ankle and I walk all day in platforms. They can be much more supportive than a flat sandal, unless by “flat” you mean a Birkenstock. I bought a pair of Ancient Greek sandals and my feet and ankles were in agony by the end of the day.

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      Mary
      13 May 2019
      1:52pm

      I agree wholeheartedly! I don’t think I’ve worn a flat sandal in my life and I definitely care about comfort. Wedges can be very incredibly comfortable, not to mention stylish.

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      Viajera
      14 May 2019
      11:23am

      MaryAlice is right that different shoes work for different people.

      I am here to say though, please don’t go around assuming a “flat” shoe is necessarily a smart choice. It may not be. I don’t care who you are or what age anyone is, but it behooves one to go to a good running shoe or outdoors store with a good shoe department … and have the most experienced salesperson look at how you walk barefoot.

      Doctors are great too … and probably won’t hurt you. But they have to be research-based, and Idt there is much helpful research on many of the *very bad things* which can happen to *your* feet (whoever you are) if you do not treat them right. And “treating them right” will vary person to person, and who knows, maybe even foot to foot.

      Don’t get me wrong, if you can swing a podiatrist, then giddy up. However there can be good advice elsewhere too.

      Prevention. It’s the thing.

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    Mary
    13 May 2019
    12:32pm

    I love a comfortable sandal with a heel as I decidedly need the height, not to mention the fact a heel dresses up my perpetual uniform of jeans. A perfect post for me – thank you so much!

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    Kathi
    13 May 2019
    12:53pm

    I have a pair of leather platforms in about the same dusty faded blue as the ones above. I wear the heck out of them once it is warm enough to let the toes out of hibernation, & and I treat them as a neutral. Great selection, love when you post shoe parties!!

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    c.w.
    13 May 2019
    4:59pm

    Those Rachel Comey denim sandals were calling my name so loudly I went to her web site to see if I could score a pair there, but was distracted by the Adams sandal aaarrrrgggghhhh I LOVE THEM. This. Is. Painful.

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    Gablesgirl
    14 May 2019
    5:53pm

    The batshit are red, white and blue and look so perfect for summer. I did just buy some yellow suede sandals that look like I am going to cha-cha-cha so maybe they can do the trick for my Summer of Batshit.

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