Okay, I’m gonna be honest here. When I wrote my Summer Capsule 2018 post back in May, I didn’t expect to have such a great summer! The summers in Belgium are mostly a lot of rain and temperatures around 20°C, but these past months we’ve been having the best weather ever. For weeks it’s been over 25°C, with a lot of sunshine and no rain. My grass isn’t the happiest – it’s actually quite dead – but I couldn’t be happier with these temperatures.
So my original summer capsule changed a lot because there was no way I could anticipate on this kind of summer. I turned in all my long (denim) pants for flowy dresses. Haven’t yet shared them here on the blog since it’s been a while I took outfit pictures, but I’ll give you guys a look soon. My choice of summer shoes hasn’t changed much from the original picks, but I did add some extra babies to the venue. These next seven shoes are definitely my absolute can’t-live-without shoes for summer.
1. Brown slipper sandals
These babies are actually quite new in my wardrobe. Before I made the switch to choosing a more sustainable approach in fashion, I went completely mad at Zara and bought these Hérmes / Saint Laurent dupes. As I said, they aren’t fair fashion at all, but the fact that I’ve worn these sandals over 30 times this summer, make them worth the purchase. If I had known I would wear these so much, I would’ve gone for the luxury version, but for now, these do great.
What I’ve realized is that a simple, flat sandal like this one can elevate every look. I’ve worn them with all my dresses, with denim pants and shorts and with my white linnen playsuit and they just suit everything. Just a match made in heaven.
2. Multifunctional sandals
If you’ve been a long time follower, you will definitely have seen my love for Raramuri Sandals. You know those Facebook advertisements that are most of the time so annoying? Well, that’s how I got to know this brand which is based in Belgium and supports ‘Cooperatice for educations’. They only make sandals which you can personalize by changing the ribbons or the way you tie them up. This is actually perfect for travellers like me, who like to fly only on handluggage. These sandals are so flat, they barely take in any space and the different ribbons make them easy to combine with different outfits.
You can see they are a little worn out – or rather, stepped in – because I’ve worn them SO MUCH. They have definitely become a wardrobe staple and I couldn’t wait to take ‘m out as soon as the weather started to warm up.
3. Sandal heels
Well, I do like that Dolce Vita vibe in summer but I’m not the greatest when it comes to walking in heels. I wish I was able to walk those 10cm high heels, but the risk at breaking my ankles is way to high. So what I do love is a block-heel sandal. The comfort is just amazing and I do think these particular ones look quite elegant because of the combination of suede and patent leather. These heels have been in my closet for over three years and manage to get me excited again and again.
I love pairing them with a simple black dress or my new wide leg pants, to give that feminine vibe. But they also do great under floral dresses and denim. These have been my standard work-shoes in summer because of the professional vibe they give. Make sure, if you buy a pair like these, to invest in them a little. I’ve seen the same styles at cheaper stores, but they won’t give you the comfort like these ones.
Of course there will always be days with rain – thankfully – so when that happens you need a little protection as well in your shoe capsule. That’s where booties come in handy during summer. They aren’t too heavy and you can style them with pants as well with dresses. The Chloe Sussana boots have been around for a couple of years now and they look amazing. But I couldn’t get myself spending almost € 1000 on shoes – it’s just too much for shoes. So I bought these dupes because I do love the vibe of the black with gold studs. Haven’t worn them with dresses though, but I love the combo with black denim and a khaki shirt.
5. White sneakers
Classic wardrobe staple. Need I say more?
Simple white sneakers are a must in my wardrobe. I feel like they can dress down any work-outfit without getting too casual. These particular ones are from Veja which is a sustainable brand, so the choice was easy when I had to replace my old Adidas sneakers.
What screams more summer than a pair of espadrilles?! They have been around for as long as I can remember and have always been a summer staple, year after year. Mostly I bought them on one of my trips, but last year I invested a little more in these Soludos ones. From what I’ve read on the internet, Soludos is a sustainable brand which is actually a big plus to me. Don’t know if that’s still the case, since they’ve been hyped so much, but I sure hope so. Anyway, I think there are loads of sustainable espadrilles out there and it’s a shoe that will never fail you in summer.
7. Woven mules
The latest addition to my wardrobe are these woven mules from Alohas Sandals. Again, Facebook advertisement did it’s job and that how I found out about this sustainable brand. All their shoes just scream summer and it was so hard to only pick two pairs of shoes from their site. These ones are the Agnes mules and they are woven in very supple leather. People ask me if they are comfortable because they don’t look like it, but they are! Really, the leather is so supple and your foot just slides in far enough to have a great fit. Ever since they arrived, I’ve worn them so much and can’t wait to take them on our next trips to Dubrovnik and Marrakech.
So what are your favorite shoes during summertime?
I wanted to add some links to similar items that are a bit more sustainable than fast fashion brands. Since I’m quite new to this, forgive me if it isn’t completely fair trade and please let me know some other amazing brands that are considered sustainable! Would love to hear more about it and spread it in this community.
Shopping links worldwide
Shopping links for my hometown people in Belgium