The Best Closed Toe Summer Shoes for When You Need a Pedicure

When you think of summer shoes, flip flops and strappy sandals are probably the first shoes that come to mind. But what about when you’re between pedicure appointments and your chipped polish isn’t something you particularly want to show off? Or if you’re hoarding and carrying street grime on your feet (city-liver, if you know, you know) isn’t that something you want to manage on a sweaty day? Enter: the best closed-toe summer shoes. These options provide ventilation, keeping your feet cool like an open sandal would, while being a more modest, tucked away option that still gives off a laid-back, inherently summery feel.

But before venturing aimlessly into the vast market for closed-toe shoes, Taylor Tomasi Hill, creative and fashion director of THE YES, advises you first to check out the shoe trends of summer 2022. “While many Clothing and accessory trends go back a few decades to the 2000s, shoes go back much further – back to the 70s,” Tomasi Hill told TZR. She loves retro-inspired clogs herself, saying “the thicker the heel and the higher the platform, the better.”

And perhaps controversially (depending on which side you fall for the great crocodile debate), Tomasi Hill also says closed-toe rubber shoes are set to be a standout style this season. “It’s my favourite [shoe trend] of summer. Virtually indestructible, you can wear [rubber shoes] all over, then rinse off when you’re done. And — bonus points! — rubber styles from Balenciaga’s collaboration with Crocs feature built-in ventilation,” she points out.

So if you’ve never adhered to the sun and toe mentality, go for shoes that keep your feet closed this summer. Ahead, find a bigger breakdown of trending closed-toe shoes, plus more insight from Tomasi Hill and an expert at The RealReal. Oh, and a modification for shopping too, of course.

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Sneakers

Noelle Sciacca, senior head of womenswear, fine jewelry and home of The RealReal, shouts that espadrilles are an obvious closed-toe shoe option for summer. In particular, she urges you to try a high-platform style – “like these sneakers from Miu Miu, which are a little Y2k and a little sporty and also trendy.” Plus, Sciacca says a wedge sneaker produces a similar elevated effect if you don’t trust your mobility in a super high, level platform design.

Clogs

“Clogs are pretty much the only closed-toe shoe I can wear in the summer, probably because they’re so easy to get on and off,” says Tomasi Hill. “Who can bother with laces and buckles at every pit stop or when you hear an ice cream truck?”

Now on to shopping for polarized and ‘ugly’ shoes: “Ulla Johnson has perfect neutral options, while LABUCQ makes a statement with extra-large metallic studs. Maje’s tasselled and buckled offerings are also top of the line. my list because their material details add a dressier element,” the creative and fashion director shares.

Summer sneakers

Sciacca reports that “sneakers replace sandals the summer shoe among Gen Z trend setters. In fact, comparing May and June of this year to last year, we see that search demand for sneakers has increased by almost 30%. As for the specific pairs she expects to see ubiquitous this season, the RealReal expert exclaims, “Retro styles like the Adidas Samba, as well as slip-ons like those offered by Maison Margiela, which breathe new life into the tried and tested classic sneaker. ”

mules

Tomasi Hill says backless mules are another simple, hassle-free option to consider. And for those who aren’t afraid of a quirky statement, she encourages you to go maximalist with the Rubber Flash Mule from Bottega Veneta. “It’s not a shoe; they are quite a while! I love mine, and the friends who teased me at first now have their own pairs,” she told TZR. “They’ve been in constant rotation this summer in my garden and, I suspect, for summers to come.”

Huarache sandals

Huaraches, a handmade Mexican sandal with a flat sole and intricately woven leather straps, is another closed option to consider inviting into your summer shoe rotation. As for the style of the crafted shoes, Sciacca says they “can easily be paired with a lightweight cotton dress for a versatile look that will take you from day to night.”

However, it is essential to understand and appreciate the heritage of the shoe, which predates the European colonization of Mexico. Derived from the word Tarasque kwarachiwhich is spoken by the Purépecha people of Jalisco and translates to “sandal”, traditional huaraches refer specifically to the craft of weaving leather and must be made by hand.

slippers

Finally, and perhaps the simplest shoe on this list: the humble slipper. From a Venetian style to a lace-up canvas to a sumptuous leather mule, the 2022 selection of on-trend slip-ons come in different silhouettes, meaning you can certainly find the one that suits your tastes and needs. For a pair that looks just like your pair at home, opt for Scarosso’s handcrafted velor slippers, which can be worn indoors or outdoors. Meanwhile, leather options from Victoria Beckham or Sergio Rossi offer a more refined feel, giving them a much more luxurious and opulent vibe than your worn-out bedroom slippers.

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