Style Guide: Shoes of Summer


What girl doesn’t want to add another fabulous pair of shoes to her collection? I always look at the changing of seasons as the perfect excuse to stock my closet with a few new must-haves and this summer, it’s all about sandals, flats, and wedges of course. Footwear is a great way to incorporate current trends into your wardrobe; it’s an affordable alternative for girls on a budget and thanks to everyone’s favorite fast fashion stores, our options are endless.

For boardwalk to beach activities opt for a cute pair of sandals with a fun design or bright color like vibrant neons and creamy pastels. For a casual comfy look ideal for running around your summer job, go with a great pair of flats. During my summer internship, flats were a daily must-have due to my ladder climbing and window display styling; I found flats to be the best way to show off my style while still wearing functional footwear. For dressier occasions try rocking a fabulous wedge, which will provide you with the comfort of a sandal while giving the platform height we all love.

Comfort is key when shopping for your summer shoes, don’t choose a wedge that’s too tall for you, or a tight flat that you hope you can break in. These three essential styles will have you strutting through summer with your best foot forward, no matter what your summer plans may be!

Below are some of my favorite shoes for summer…

  1. Add a dash of style to a pair of denim shorts with these H&M flower sandals.
  2. Nothing dazzles more then a pair of jeweled sandals likes these by Fibi & Clo. Pair these with a sundress for a chic summer ensemble.
  3. These Forever21 rosette sandals are the perfect compliment to your favorite summer pastel pieces.



  1. Lovely lavender tones look amazing next to a bronze summer tan; try rocking these Le Bunny Bleu ballet flats this season.
  2. I love multi-colored shoes because they look fabulous with color blocked ensembles and these striped Frock Candy ballet flats are summery perfection.
  3. Every girl needs a classically simple pair of ballet flats that can easily be thrown on with any outfit and these Forever21 woven flats are both stylish and classic.



  1. These stunning Zara wedges are perfect to pair with a mini dress for a girls night out.
  2. I love these navy criss-cross Zappos wedges which would be the perfect compliment to a sundress, maxi skirt or even your summer skinnies.
  3. These printed H&M peep toe wedges will add a dash of summer fun to your colorful poolside ensembles.

For more summer shoe inspiration be sure to check out my go-to summer flats as well as my summer wedges.
What is your go-to summer shoe?

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Categories: Accessories, Anna James, Style Guide
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  • T Girl

    Ana, this outfit is amazing. I have to get these shorts. Where are they from?

    Lauren, can you add a pin the second picture of all the jewerly. Love the nails.

  • Emily k.

    I love the sandals! They’re so much better than the plain old rubber flip flops. If they were made for the pool, that’s where they should stay! Honor yourself with some cute shoes!



  • Melissa Panici

    Love the post Anna! You always look so cute. I definately am a fan of flats. They are my favorite for summer!

  • Petra Zeller

    Amazing Post Anna. I love to read your post.
    I love flats. They are so comfortable.
    xo, Petra

  • Amy Breckenridge

    loving those forever 21 sandals – what a perfect color! i also love the hot pink sandals you are wearing in your photo – you look adorable!

    i recently did a post on my favorite neutral summer sandals, wedges and espadrilles – check it out!


  • Melissa mould

    love these shoes, i adore summer sandals and pretty heels. I featured some on my blog yesterday which i just adore, my GK sandal heels :)

    Mel x

  • Amber Welles

    Anna, I always look forward to your post. I love everything you picked and of course you look fabulous.

  • Lucie

    Wow, love that blend of colours – lilac and peach looks so fabulous with a tan. You brightened up a very rainy ‘summer’ day in London! x

  • Amanda Maguire

    love this! the colors in your outfit are perfect for summer!

    For some more summer style guides check out my blog :)

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I’m crushing on those Bamboo Multi-Colored Flats!! They’re gorgeous, and are on my Wish list for “”Things I’m going to spend my pay-check on this Friday!”” lol So cute.

    My go-to summer shoes are my brown flip flops I got from Old Navy. They’re not like any flip flops, though! They’re not thongs– They wrap around the big toe and zig zag across my foot, so it’s more like a Sandal! I’ve been wearing these for YEARS!! They feel like flip flops, yet are nice enough to wear in the office.

  • mehreen blank

    Nice shoes!!!!

    the other day i wore two diff shoes on each foot by mistake:( lol had to buy a new pair… picstures here

  • Janey Moore

    Great options! I love those navy crisscross wedges.

  • Bunhead

    Love these shoes. Fab post Anna. You continue to inspire me. I love how you always wear so much color. Can’t wait to see wedding pictures. So excited.

  • Kelby Peachey

    I’m so glad there are some cute flats out there now. It allows me to be stylish since I can’t wear high heels anymore thanks to my arthritis. Therefore, I wear my flats YEAR AROUND!! LOVE IT!!

    Another great post Anna!


  • Michelle LaPorte

    Some comfortable but cute sandals. Check out the braided ones in my most recent post!!



  • Stephanie McDonnell

    My go to shoes are a pair of yellow rosette wedges from Charming Charlie. I love how bright and sunny they are!

    I am curious, where is that sweater from? I love it!

  • Jessica E

    I Love love love everything you have on!! it def. says SUMMER.

    Where is that sweater from?? I feel I must have this :)

  • Marvin C.

    I Hope(& trust)Everything’s Great with You Anna…X

  • Umbrella Drink

    Wedges are my favorite summer shoe.

    Check out these peplums, scalloped hem shorts and bright blazers for under $50 here:!

  • Umbrella Drink
  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I love all 3 styles for summer! Thanks for the suggestions Anna!

  • Ally Powell

    Anna, I love this outfit and all the selections you pulled. The striped flats are my favroites. Great post. Keep them coming. :)

  • Liz

    love wedges! i just recently discovered how awesome they are!

  • Meghan Conard

    Wedges are my absolute must-have summer shoe! I wear them wiht everything from denimc cutoffs to sundresses!


  • Kelley {Keep Sitting Pretty}

    Ummm Anna, I LOVE your outfit! All your shoe pick are just as fab as you! Keep up the good work!

    XO Kelley

  • Alexandra Kiladjian

    I have a couple go-to summer shoes. The first is definantly my lauren conrad chestnut pump sandles, i have worn them to three events this summer already. My second are my black flats from banana republic; you feel like you are stepping into a pillow as you walk. My third are my aldo flat, everyday, black sandles with a loose braid design. All three go with everything, i love it!

  • heidi kokborg

    Love your outfit Anna! you look gorgeous! :) I love wearing flats to school or when I go shopping, they are so adorable :)

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  • Sabrinchen

    Love your pink sweater and the shoes are fab!

  • Alisha Moscorelli

    I love your post but I wish you would include the names of what you are wearing and a link to where you could buy them. Your outfit is so cute!


  • Liesl

    I have a gazillion pairs of summer sandals, but I always go back to my favorites! I also love wedges for summer.

    Your sweater in the pictures is gorgeous btw. Where’s it from?

    Liesl xxx

  • Alexis Barnhart

    Her hot pink shoes in those photos are “”Archer Metal Sandals”” from Free People :) Here is the link:

    Style blog:

  • Rachael Yanta

    I totally agree! I love stocking up on a few new pairs of shoes each season. Really spruces up an outfit! I just bought a super cute pair of wedges from Target yesterday… they look exactly like the Steve Madden pair.. except for the price tag! Love a good deal. Great post as always Anna!


  • Katjusha Bricman

    Love your outfit Anna!!!! Lavender shorts are to die for! Love that colour!

    (Money will be spent for good cause! A man who’s fighting cancer will get hospital bed)

  • Lisa Price

    Adore these picks!


  • Martin M

    Flats are just an alltime fav of me. Perfect to have in my bag when I go out, on the beach or after a party :)

  • Chrissy Myers

    Love ALL those sandals! I hate having my feet trapped in anything in the summer, so sandals are the best things for me. And all of those? Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, Anna! Perfect job, as per usual :)

  • Giselle Escamilla

    love the shoes!!!!

  • Maria Ayala

    I LOVE the color lavender. It’s my favorite color(:

    I deff have to get those lavender flatts!(:

  • Julliette

    I have the sames sandals as the ones you are wearing in the photograph!

  • Rebecca Lawson

    I love the cute flats. Esp. the rosette sandals. Would go cute with my little sundresses. I love the practicality of flats….You are doing such an awesome job Anna! I really look forward to your posts!! I hope someday I can be the first to purchase from YOUR line!!! You go girl!!! :)

    My best.


  • Jacy Tilton

    I’m in love with those coral Zara wedges with the ankle strap! Amazing!!

  • Cluny Grey

    Those ballet flats are still some of the chicest shoes around – and look good with so many things!

  • Linh Ly
  • Jo Taylor

    Loving all of these shoes! My nude ballet pumps got soaked during the jubillee celebrations in London a couple of weeks ago. Not one to be without my nudes, I went straight out the next day to replace them – I would have bought multiple pairs if the store had them in but they only had the one! Better one than none though, I woudl be lost without them!




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