"I love a heeled shoe. I also love to walk. And in the summertime, with swelling feet, hot and dirty sidewalks, and 50 million lightweight dresses to match, finding a pair of sturdy heeled sandals that are *also* comfy can be a challenge and a half. With all the walking I do, I go through summer shoes pretty quickly, so they need to have a reasonable price tag (fall shoes can be repaired and resoled and are more investment-worthy IMO). So when I was in my favorite place (Target) and came upon these beauties, I immediately bought them. Then I wore them for a day and HAD to track down them in another color — I may have gone to four different Targets in the process, shhhh!
They have a shortish (2.5 inch) stacked heel, which honestly makes them feel like flats. I can wear them with midi dresses, jeans, and shorts and mini dresses without feeling like they're too tall. I've walked miiiles in them, and the straps at the ankle and front of the foot are actually comfy! You know when sandals have that really scratchy stitching that just attacks your feet? These do NOT have that. And the arch is pleasantly contoured, actually supporting my feet as I pound the pavement.
These are almost the only shoes I've worn this summer. I was recently in a ~fancy~ shoe store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan looking for a pair of fall shoes and the ~fancy~ shoe guy told me he loved my heels! Lolololololol bet he didn't know they were from TARGET. Seriously, I have gotten *so* many compliments on these from my coworkers and just from strangers on the street. When you're feeling sweaty and gross and everything just feels miserable waiting for the train, wearing lavender shoes just feels cool and breezy. And I didn't know I needed to match my lipstick to my shoes until I wore these red beauties! If the colors aren't your thing, they come in tan and black, too! The reviews on the actual site are glowwwwing, if you don't take my word for it — there are over 300! Wow, you guys. Now writing this has convinced me to finally buy another. Brb, gotta go check out! —Maitland Quitmeyer
Get them from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes 6–12 and in brown snakeskin, tan, and black).