"Quite possibly my favorite trend of the summer comes in the form of footwear," says sales associate Lianne Klopfer of Violet's of Saratoga, at 494 Broadway. "Block heels are having a moment and we are here for it! No more hobbling around in stilettos. Cute and comfortable? Yes please! One particular pair - the Sam Edelman Susie, in blood orange, have been flying out of here. They're simple but the color makes a statement. Mules and slides are really popular too, and are available in flats as well as mid to high heels."
"What I have seen everywhere this season are wraparound ties at the ankle and a chunky heel (which I love!)," Bannon says. "I'm not a stiletto kind of gal, so the chunky heel is everything to me! I also find the wraparound ties very flattering on the ankle, because it hits your leg at the smallest point."
You can never go wrong with a neutral shade, but that doesn't mean you can't get a little crazy sometimes.
"Neutrals are so versatile but we love a bold shoe with a simple dress," Klopfer says. "Don't be afraid to mix colors! We recently helped a customer style a powder blue dress, and a barely-there sandal in pink added the perfect pop. Unexpected, but so much fun."
She continued: "For casual sandals, flats and wedges that wrap around your ankle are really popular, in browns and black but also colors, like coral and navy."
"I always love a pop of color, so I think mixing up your outfit with a bright orange or blue shoe really makes a statement," Bannon says.
"If you're more of a subtle kind of person, you could always wear a metallic shoe, which would go with anything and is still on-trend," Klopfer says. "Those styles translate beautifully in dresses too, and they work day or night. Just change your footwear and you're good to go." S