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Shoe Prints in the Sand | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Shoe Prints in the Sand

It’s hard enough to walk in the sand barefoot. We all look silly, fumbling around like drunks or puppies who have yet to grow into their paws. And even if we put on sandals or (heaven forbid) flip-flop, the sand flies up and whips the back of our thighs causing irritation and utter annoyance. So why not make walking a bit more challenging if the payoff is that you look much more glamorous? Yes ladies, I’m talking about beach heels.

I was lucky enough to slip away from my New York duties and head to (currently somewhat) Los Angeles for the week. As my friends and I strolled down the boardwalk in Santa Monica and stumbled onto the warm sand, I couldn’t help but compile a list of my favorite potential beach heels. It goes a little something like this:

TOMS Canvas Wedges: simple, comfortable and affordable, these wedges would look great paired with a vintage 60’s bikini.

Tori Burch Wood Wedge Espadrille: the espadrille style is perfect for a warm summers day.

Chloe Cork-Wedge Slingback Mule: the lightweight cork and the adorable braided leather give the wedge a breezy boho feel.

Christian Louboutin Chus: these shoes are fun flirty and playful, like the shoe sized embodiment of splish-splash.

Give your ego (and derriere) a boost this season by adding a pair of heels to your beach attire. All you need is some confidence, focus and those wobbling baby doe legs will stride through the sand like a gazelle. (I only fell twice).


4 Responses to “Shoe Prints in the Sand”

  1. erik nabler March 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm #

    Hmm, I can’t help but think that the closed-toe-ed-ness of the Christian Louboutin Chus are just going to trap sand. The others look like they have potential.

  2. Nora Charles March 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Oh for heaven’s sake. If you’re going to go to the beach, go to the beach! Walk barefoot and allow the fine grains of sand provide a free exfoliation treatment before plunging them into a freshing salt water bath.

    If the beach is too hot for bare tootsies to walk across, then a pair of flat, lace up shoes better fit the bill for a sandy surface than ankle snapping heels.

    But do book me a pair of those gorgeous espirdrilles for a promonade along the boardwalk.

  3. Dani March 29, 2011 at 6:09 am #

    I’d go with any of the last three, they have straps and would look lovely dangling from one’s fingers while strolling barefoot in the sand. I think glamour is not only knowing what to wear, but when to wear it.

  4. Glinda March 29, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    I am a Southern California native (still living here), and I must regretfully say that I have never in my life seen anyone on the actual beach in any kind of heel. If they’ve come off a pier or the sidewalk to walk on the beach, they definitely take them off.

    Honestly, that’s just asking for trouble, as sand is hard enough to walk on as it is.

    Agreed with Nora Charles that these are lovely beach-adjacent shoes.