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Just 6 Pairs Of Shoes We Love (And You Probably Will Too)

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1. Tan heels no one'll believe you got from Walmart for less than $20!!!

At this point, finding cute gems at Walmart has become my weekend hobby... I had a similar pair of sandals that I paid too many pretty pennies for a few years back. I loved them so much that I wore them until the soles of my feet were touching the floor. The original style was discontinued so you can only imagine my excitement when I found this CLONE pair on Walmart for a whopping $17! These new babies have already surpassed the old pair in terms of longevity. You may not be able to tell from the pictures, but they have more than a few New York City walking miles on them. On top of being *budget friendly*, they are SUPER comfortable and pair well with almost every outfit that I own. I highly recommend these for a quick (and cheap) outfit pick-me-up! —Jessica SeibGet them from Walmart for $17.72 (available in sizes sizes 6–7.5, 10, 11).
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At this point, finding cute gems at Walmart has become my weekend hobby... I had a similar pair of sandals that I paid too many pretty pennies for a few years back. I loved them so much that I wore them until the soles of my feet were touching the floor. The original style was discontinued so you can only imagine my excitement when I found this CLONE pair on Walmart for a whopping $17!

These new babies have already surpassed the old pair in terms of longevity. You may not be able to tell from the pictures, but they have more than a few New York City walking miles on them. On top of being *budget friendly*, they are SUPER comfortable and pair well with almost every outfit that I own. I highly recommend these for a quick (and cheap) outfit pick-me-up! —Jessica Seib

Get them from Walmart for $17.72 (available in sizes sizes 6–7.5, 10, 11).

2. Knit sneakers you might find yourself wearing on more occasions than just trips to the gym.

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I'm a sucker for a cute sneaker I can wear to the gym, to work, and with casual everyday outfits, and I'm digging the knit-footwear trend lately. So when I heard about the new New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V2 Knit, which checks all aforementioned boxes, I knew I had to have 'em. First off, the sneaker comes in six super-pretty heathered hues; I chose "rain cloud," a light gray that I figured was neutral and versatile enough to go with everything in both my summer and fall wardrobe. They're a comfortable, supportive lightweight sneaker designed for running, and while I'm not a runner, they seem to serve all my non-running needs — long walks with my dog, gym sessions, everyday commutes — quite well. They're also stylish enough to not look schlumpy when paired with a cute daytime outfit, like the high-waisted shorts and knit crop top pictured.

My favorite part is that the bootie is collapsible, so they're a convenient choice when it comes to packing for a trip. You can basically squish them without worry, and their light weight (7.5 oz.) won't push your carry-on over the limit. I wore them on a recent trip to Nashville, where they withstood walks through the park, visits to honky-tonks, and getting stuck in a rainstorm like champs. While I typically go for black sneakers, because I have trouble keeping anything else clean (thanks to both New York City streets and my own clumsiness), these clean off quite well with a quick wipe of some soap and water or even an all-purpose spray cleaner like Method. They fit true to size, and despite what two customer reviewers have noted, I've never had difficulty putting them on. If you're looking for an all-purpose sneakers that'll be supportive enough for athletics and cute enough to wear in public with casual outfits, these are a solid pick —Emmy Favilla

Get them from New Balance for $84.99 (available in women's sizes 5–12 in standard and wide widths, and in six colors).

3. Waterproof duty boots to lace up and help you prepare for anything you may encounter — the least of which is puddles.

If nothing else, the perfect pair of boots is an act of revenge against anything that has stubbed your toe, literally or sartorially. Going to a dive-bar where bottles are thrown more than they're placed in the proper recycling bin? Lace up. Saw a report that a Lego truck crashed and spilled tons of bricks all over the route you walk to work? Lace up. Want to look tough inside that coffeeshop where the morning-barista continually spurns your advances by misspelling your name, even though you're in there every day, and you've even spelled it for him multiple times? Lace up, I guess (whatever, he's not that cute). When the perfect pair of boots stomps into your life, you should hear a quiet voice inside of you saying, "Hell yeah, I want to put those on my feet and splash a few puddles."Or, you could do what I did and watch "The Punisher" on Netflix, then research paramilitary, patrol, and jungle boots until you buy a pair of Danner Tachyon GTXs. Nothing is more hardcore than a well-informed purchase, hell yeah. The Tachyon GTX is a lightweight and waterproof duty boot made with full-grain leather and a GORE-TEX liner. I legitimately fear (even the thought of) getting my socks wet, so these boots have significantly reduced my stress on rainy-day commutes. With the right type of socks, in fact, I can wear these boots all the way through summer, rain or oppressive UV-ray shine. My aesthetic is built on a balance of functionality and *subtly* cosplaying characters from cyberpunk animes to keep myself cute yet intimidating; these boots (somehow) fulfill my hyper-specific needs. I'm probably making these boots seem more serious than they are, because I see these boots as versatile enough to be worked into most people's wardrobes, especially anyone who wants something more hard-wearing than Doc Martens. Considering their waterproofing, durability, and breathability, you won't find a boot of this quality at a lower price. Buy these boots and join my dream, where an army of us march these boots to that coffeeshop and tell Tad (or Brad, or whatever) that my name doesn't have a K at the end of it. You know, or something like that; it's not like I've planned it out and price-checked screenprinting my name on 50+ t-shirts or anything incredibly vindicating like that. —Devric KiyotaGet them from Amazon for $125.95+ (available in men's sizes 7–14).
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If nothing else, the perfect pair of boots is an act of revenge against anything that has stubbed your toe, literally or sartorially. Going to a dive-bar where bottles are thrown more than they're placed in the proper recycling bin? Lace up. Saw a report that a Lego truck crashed and spilled tons of bricks all over the route you walk to work? Lace up. Want to look tough inside that coffeeshop where the morning-barista continually spurns your advances by misspelling your name, even though you're in there every day, and you've even spelled it for him multiple times? Lace up, I guess (whatever, he's not that cute). When the perfect pair of boots stomps into your life, you should hear a quiet voice inside of you saying, "Hell yeah, I want to put those on my feet and splash a few puddles."

Or, you could do what I did and watch "The Punisher" on Netflix, then research paramilitary, patrol, and jungle boots until you buy a pair of Danner Tachyon GTXs. Nothing is more hardcore than a well-informed purchase, hell yeah.

The Tachyon GTX is a lightweight and waterproof duty boot made with full-grain leather and a GORE-TEX liner. I legitimately fear (even the thought of) getting my socks wet, so these boots have significantly reduced my stress on rainy-day commutes. With the right type of socks, in fact, I can wear these boots all the way through summer, rain or oppressive UV-ray shine. My aesthetic is built on a balance of functionality and *subtly* cosplaying characters from cyberpunk animes to keep myself cute yet intimidating; these boots (somehow) fulfill my hyper-specific needs. I'm probably making these boots seem more serious than they are, because I see these boots as versatile enough to be worked into most people's wardrobes, especially anyone who wants something more hard-wearing than Doc Martens.

Considering their waterproofing, durability, and breathability, you won't find a boot of this quality at a lower price. Buy these boots and join my dream, where an army of us march these boots to that coffeeshop and tell Tad (or Brad, or whatever) that my name doesn't have a K at the end of it. You know, or something like that; it's not like I've planned it out and price-checked screenprinting my name on 50+ t-shirts or anything incredibly vindicating like that. —Devric Kiyota

Get them from Amazon for $125.95+ (available in men's sizes 7–14).

4. Colorful heeled sandals you could afford to buy in every hue (and probably should).

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I love a heeled shoe. I also love to walk. And in the summer time, 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 in lavender. Then I wore them for a day and HAD to track down the red too — I may have gone to four different Targets in the process, shhhh!

They have a shortish (2.5") 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 lavender 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 the black pair. Brb, gotta go check out! —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get them from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes 5–12, regular and wide widths, and four colors and three more colors).

5. Chaco sandals for a versatile buy you'll still be wearing years from now.

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Two years ago I found myself in NC surrounded by an entire town of people wearing extremely well-made sandals all summer long — Birkenstocks, Tevas, Merrells, and other durable, comfy sandals were on the rise. I was tired of spending summer after summer making due with a cheap pair of flip flops or sandals that saved me money, but made my feet hurt or gave me blisters. I envied the tourists who would walk into the shops downtown and come out wearing beautiful and even boring-looking (but durable) sandals. I do a lot of hiking, and the idea of having sandals I could wear on lazy summer days and on hikes (instead of clunky hot hiking boots) was too good to pass up. I learned about Chaco sandals from a co-worker of mine who always had a brightly patterned pair of Chacos on her feet. They were cute, colorful, and not as clunky looking as some of the other popular ~tourist~ sandals. I began saving up for my own pair. I ended up getting the Chaco Zcloud X2 athletic sandals in teal because I love teal, and even though I was skeptical about the weird toe strap, it seemed like a safer bet for my intended purpose of using sandals in the wild outdoors. The Chacos were on sale for $90 something dollars, which is waaay more dollars than I usually pay for a summer shoe, but I told myself I was making an investment. One pair of Chacos and I would never have to slip my feet into blister flops again.

Two years later, my Chaco’s are still going strong. They have a nice supportive and thick arch that doesn’t wear down over time, and I have worn them almost every day for two summers. The colors haven’t faded either! I just slip these on, tighten them a little bit, head out, and don't worry about it. I have worn these in the woods, to the lake, on hiking and camping trips, and as part of everyday outfit ensembles. Now that I'm in NY, I go to the beach as much as possible, and I am happy to report Chaco's perform well at the ocean. They don’t irritate my feet, stay in place when wet, and dry super quickly! Every once in a while someone tries to convince me to wear a pair of flip flops instead, because it seems “easier”, or a to try sandal that is more “cute.” I tell those people to go to hell — nothing about zero support for your feet is easy, or cute. I’m getting my money’s worth, and giving my feet the ~cool~ support they need in these hot gross times. I recommend them to anyone who wants to do the same. —Harper Hendrickson

Get them from Amazon for $109.60+ (available in women's sizes 6–11, two color combos).

6. Investment sandals that'll be the least sandal-y sandal ever...and serve as some major compliment bait for everyone.

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People who know me IRL are aware of my insatiable appetite for shoes, specifically flats, small wedges, or block heels because I'm tall and clumsy. (To paint a picture, the space behind my bedroom door is stacked with shoe boxes despite recently moving into an apartment with ample closet room.) But I'm here today to gush over these sandals-cum-brogues that I've been wearing non-stop this summer. I wear black 85% of the time and often use my accessories as colorful outfit highlights, but these have become a solid (moody) go-to.

They look like they would be uncomfortable, but they are SO comfy. Especially when I fold down some thin ankle socks to tuck into the front part that covers half of my foot. The "burnished" (aka, shiny) option I went with is super easy to wipe down with a wet paper towel when all kinds of subway and NYC street ick gets on them. That's incredibly important for a person like me who's let ankle boots that need resoling to sit in the depths of my closest for six months.

Every time I've worn them (which is dozens of times, btw), someone throws a compliment my way. I've been hard-pressed to find an outfit these don't look good with, aside from something like athleisure. And I've prepared myself for way more compliments because I think I'll be able to wear these with everything (dresses, pants, rompers, whatever!) until late fall when NYC temps hit the low 40s. —Elizabeth Lilly

Get them from Alias Mae for $149.95 or Nordstrom for $199.95 (available in matte or burnished black, sizes 6–11).

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