July Trend: Tough-Chick Sandals

OK, OK, I already know what you’re going to say: “Sandals as a summer trend, real original. What’s next, coats are going to be HUGE this winter? Awesome.”

And to that I say: “Uh, calm down already. These sandals are totally new and different, which you would know if you hadn’t jumped to conclusions, geez.”

And then you might reply … nah, I won’t get into it. I don’t want to fight with you, I just want to share the hottest sandals you’ll see this summer (and the perfect nail polish pairings with each, because I’m cool like that). Now, can’t we all just get along?

Yes? Sweet. Because this summer it is all about tough-looking sandals. Think heels or platforms, lots of straps and even motorcycle-chic details like studs and spikes. But don’t worry, you won’t look like a member of a biker gang wearing them — these sandals are meant to be worn with flirty summer sundresses. It’s like the perfect pairing of a don’t-mess-with-me girl and a sweet-as-cherry-pie gal.

Click here to see all the summer sandals

So who’s wearing the trend? Well, just about everyone in Hollywood, like Vanessa Hudgens, Emma Watson, Naomi Watts, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Hudson, Katherine Heigl, Zoe Saldana, Katie Holmes, Maria Menounos and Michelle Williams, just to name a few.

And of course, within the shoe trend there are mini-trends: like nude sandals (perfect for making your legs look longer), metallic sandals (which up the dressiness of any, er, dress), bright and colorful sandals (fab with a little black dress), and classic black sandals (a must for hot summer nights). We’ve got great celebrity examples of all of them. Check it out, try not to drool too much over their gorgeousness, then head to the store for a just-as-cute-but-way-less-expensive version to rock until autumn forces you back into closed-toe shoes. The nerve of that season.

Click here to see all the summer sandals