What To Wear If You’re a Monster Like Me and Hate Sandals

One of the reasons I hate summer clothing and warm-weather dressing is because I do not wear sandals. My feet are super-messed up from wearing heels for years and during most of the year in general. As such, I’m not keen on barely-there strappy sandals and flipflops.

Warmer months therefore present a big footwear challenge for me. I want something lighter and breathable, but I don’t want my toes or heels on display. Plus, I at least I want to try and wear seasonal shoes.

An additional fashion challenge this year is that I will be going to Italy! I definitely want some cuter shoes if I’m going to be near Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world.

What’s a gal to do? Fortunately I have found some good cheats over the years.

Keds_black Keds_foodKeds are def a fave of mine! I have one white pair that I wear to death, then when there are literally holes in the soles, I throw them out and start over again. I’m not precious about my Keds, either. I admit, I kinda prefer to let them get a little dirty–shows I’m active. They’re light and breathable and go with everything.

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Aldo thankfully has a lot of more airy, summery shoes. The brogues above literally have mesh on the side which screams breathable and cool and I get to wear my favourite style of shoe when the sun is shining. I love the detail of the beige flats above as well, definitely gives it kind of a sandal-vibe with those straps.

Editor’s Spring Wish List: Emily Y.

Last up in our Editor’s Spring Wish List series is founder and Editor-in-Chief of this site, Emily Y. Did you mist Part 1 or Part 2? Check out Lydia O.’s picks here, and Katie D.’s picks here

1. Highwaisted Jeans


I’m looking to steamline my wardrobe. I don’t wear jeans/pants often, but when I do I like them to be highwaisted. I love me some Cheap Mondays–the ones above are not like my typical style at all, but there’s something about them I just like. PS–Vancouver, you can get Cheap Monday Jeans at vintage store Mintage on the Drive!

2. A Classy Purse


There are two things that I really don’t care much for when it comes to fashion: nice bags and nice shoes. I like practical bags and shoes, sans labels s.v.p. I think labels are tacky–the luxury aspect comes from not the logo but a bag that looks timeless and well-made, and Aldo is where its at. I like the purse above cuz its chic and orange–a colour I can’t wear near my face (I don’t look good in orange but desperately wish I did), but holding an orange bag would be fine.

3. Miu Miu forever!


My wardrobe colour inspiration for Spring this year is definitely the Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2014 collection. I normally don’t care much for runway collections however, this show caught my eye for inventive colour combinations that are so fresh and inspired in my opinion. The weights of the fabrics are good for cooler spring days, while the colours speak to warmer days.

4. Something Canadian


The Sarah Stevenson for Target collection is the perfect balance of “professional” and “creative” that I need for my young “creative professional” job. I support lady designers, especially those who are Canadian, and Stevenson’s collection is the one for me! I want this shirt, I’d wear it with tons of gold jewelry for sure.

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