6 Must-Have Summer Shoes

Yesterday marked the first official day of summer…it’s finally arrived!

It looks like we can safely put away our boots and look towards weather-friendly options. Is your summer footwear in need of a revamp? This is the perfect time to be in the market for new shoes. Sporting Life’s Footwear BOGO is running until June 27th…just enough time to pick up a new pair or two! Not sure where to start? We laid out 6 styles of summer shoes you need to complete your wardrobe.

Summer footwear is all about versatility. With the sun shining, chances are you’ll be happily running from the office to after-work drinks or a weekend at the cottage. With these shoes in your rotation, you’ll be best-dressed no matter where your summer takes you!

1. Rubber Flip-Flops


The ultimate summer staple. Am I the only one who seems to go through a pair every year? Flip-flops are just so affordable, comfortable and easy to wear (and wear out!). The crowd favourite will always be Havainas, which come in a variety of fun colours. Not your style? Reef is another option that screams summer comfort.

2. Dress Up or Down Sandals


While we all wish we could wear rubber flip-flops 24/7 in the summer months, there’s a time and a place. For those days when flip-flops just don’t seem appropriate, pretty sandals have got you covered. No need to lug extra shoes in your purse; a cute sandal can easily take you from the office to a family get-together, or from a day at the beach to a night out. You could go with a classic black pair like this one from Sperry, or bring the 90s back with the Teva Flatform. Either way, you’ll feel put together while maintaining the comfort of an easy sandal!

3. Classic Boat Shoes

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Boat shoes are one of the most versatile shoes you can toss in your rotation. You don’t have to worry about getting them wet, and once broken in, they can be worn to the ends of the earth…perfect for travelling or long days spent strolling through cottage country. The best part is that boat shoes complement any outfit, whether it be for work or a casual shopping day. Sperry takes the cake in the boat shoe market…you can’t go wrong with any style!

4. Gym to Street Sneakers


Every busy woman needs a solid pair of crosstrainers that transition from the gym to casualwear. Let’s get real…sneakers are the ultimate hack for looking stylish while still favouring comfort. Nike clearly dominates the field of fashletic sneakers; every pair would serve you well while breaking a sweat, yet look chic with a pair of jeans. Don’t discount other brands quite yet…try a few on and pick the style that best suits your look.

5. White Sneakers


Ahhh, the plain white sneaker. So timeless and practical, so difficult to keep clean. Even for people like me who can’t seem to keep their shoes scuff-free, white sneakers are a must for summer. Who hasn’t seen Stan Smiths on every girl they know this year? They freshen up an outfit in a way that nothing else can…not to mention how cute they look with a dainty summer dress and a jean jacket. If you’re not sure where to look, Vans offers multiple styles and is a good place to start.

6. Funky Rain Boots


When it rains, it pours! Summer storms are necessary to break the crazy Ontario humidity, but they can put a kink in your outfit plans. Finally brands have caught on and offer rain boots that are comfy and fashionable. Rainy days are dreary enough; use your outerwear to brighten up your day! This is your opportunity to be adventurous with your footwear and pick a funky pattern or colour.  Hunter boots come in a wide variety of colours and are definitely worth the investment. Or, go with something different and try some duck boots!