This first pair is from a brand named Wanted. Their motto is making shoes that reflect the latest trends but making them more affordable than most brands. The straps on these are man-made rather than leather, but they're still very comfortable.
|Wanted Kahlua sandals|
|close-up of Kahlua sandals|
Two of my very favorite sandals from this summer are both from Steve Madden. The first are a play on a big trend this year - the sandals with ankle cuffs or straps. Instead of putting a cuff around the ankle, Madden put it on the vamp of the shoe. I love the way it looks and they're very comfortable (other than the typical lack of arch support in summer flats).
|Steve Madden Cufff sandals in Pewter|
The other pair I love have my favorite thing - studs. These sandals look beautiful and are also very comfortable.
If you want your studs a little more tough looking, ala Jeffrey Campbell's Lita shoes, try this pair from Rampage. The studs on these are pointed. I can't remember the name of them, but you should be able to find them at Macy's or anywhere that sells Rampage.
On the other hand, if you want studs on a dressier shoe, take a look at these from Anne Klein. The straps are suede with small gold studs. The straps are a little thin, and I think it would be better if they were sturdier, but the shoes look so nice that I overlook the thin straps.
|Minnetonka suede sandals|
|Anne Klein Faybriza|
Next up are a brand that's totally different from the metallic studded sandals, but eye-catching nonetheless. I've wanted to try some Minnetonka boots or shoes for awhile. These look so great, and they're super comfortable! They tie around your ankles, so there's no worry that they won't fit. The fringe around the ankles is really flattering, too. I'll be getting these in black next year.
|A different view|
|Minnetonka Marquette ankle tie slide sandals|
|Vince Camuto Emera in bronze/gold|
|Vince Camuto Cassi sandals|
Last, these aren't sandals but they're more comfortable than any sandal, and they'll turn heads. Honestly, they are so bright that I feel more upbeat and energetic as soon as I put them on. Anything that motivates me to exercise is good in my opinion.
|Asics GT-1000 Electric punch, flourescent pink and "highlighter yellow"|