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4 Shoes You Need for Summer

Summer is the time to let down your hair and have some fun with your wardrobe, especially when it comes to your shoes. This season it's all about bright colors and earth-friendly materials that can be worn everywhere from a poolside barbeque to an evening soiree. Here, we'll detail all the shoes you are destined to have a summer fling with—and maybe even a lasting love!

Shoes for summer
  • Wedges. Heighten the level of your summer fun with a pair of sky-high wedges. This classic shoe is as crucial to your summer wardrobe as your bathing suit and sunglasses. Whether you opt for a pattern or solid, wedges look great with any summer outfit from your beach cover up to your date night dress. You can snag an affordable pair at Endless.com or Off Broadway.
  • Color block heels. Heat up your summer nights with a pair of color block heels. The season's latest trend, color blocking pairs two or more bright colors for a decidedly eye-catching and fun effect. Since these statement shoes will draw enough attention on their own, tone down the rest of your outfit by sticking with a single color. Pick a pair that fits your budget at Aldo or Zappos.com.
  • Boat shoes. Add some casual prep to your look with a pair of boat shoes, otherwise known as docksiders. Whether you're actually going for a sail on the lake, or you're just running errands around town, this shoe adds effortless prep to your summertime look. Pair them with some khaki shorts and a clean white tee for a classic look that never goes out of style. We like the discounted versions at DSW.com.
  • Flip flops. Go carefree with this summer wardrobe essential! Flip flops are a must when the heat index starts to rise, and they go perfectly with your favorite pair of shorts or a sundress. These days you can find flip flops in every color and material under the summer sun, from casual rubber to dressed-up leather with jewel or stone accents. Throw on a pair of these from budget-friendly stores like Payless or Target and you'll be all set!
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