Three Types of Summer Shoes to Dress Up Outfits (From Nicer Casual to Special Occasion)

3 Shoes to Dress Up For Summer

Huge thanks to DSW and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post

If you’re looking for some versatile, affordable shoes for summer, let’s talk! Today, I’m partnering with DSW and ShopStyle to share some summer shoes to dress up outfits. If you have upcoming special occasions or if you simply want to dress up your casual outfits a little, these shoes are worth checking out.

I love shopping at DSW for shoes because they have tons and tons of options and carry popular brands at really great prices! They have an AWESOME selection of summer sandals (HERE), from casual to dressy to special occasion. They currently have some of my favorite styles of shoes for summer, and I can’t WAIT to share them with you!

Also, if you’re not a DSW VIP, definitely check it out. It’s totally free to sign up, and you get perks like free shipping, the ability to earn points on purchases, a coupon on your birthday, and more! It only takes about 30 seconds to sign up—super easy! Check out DSW’s VIP program and join HERE.

Alright, onto the shoes!

SIZING INFO: I’m 5’6″ and usually size 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

Summer Shoes Casual Outfit: black and white spotted tee + white jeans + denim jacket + nude espadrille wedges + white earrings + pendant necklace + tan bag Summer Shoes Casual Outfit: black white beige spotted tee + white jeans + denim jacket + nude espadrille wedges + pendant necklace

1. Wedges
Wedges are a staple in my wardrobe. I love them for dressy casual outfits with jeans, skirts, and dresses. While you could wear heels instead of wedges, sometimes heels feel a little too dressy for what you’re doing. Wedges hit that sweet spot between really dressed up and casual!

I personally love nude wedges because they go with so many different things, and they blend into your feet, which helps extend your leg line. That said, other neutrals like black and white are great, too, and those might be better for your wardrobe depending on the colors you tend to wear.

The pair I’m wearing above is by Steve Madden, and the silhouette is perfect! It’s exactly the style I recommend if you’re looking for a versatile, classic wedge that looks stylish year after year. The espadrille sole keeps outfits looking light and fresh, which is great for spring and summer style. There is a tiny bit of cushion in the footbed, and the rubber sole provides some grip and traction to make it easier to walk in. These come in nude, black, and clear. Check them out HERE. I wear size 9.

 

Summer Shoes Elevated Casual Outfit: black white beige spotted tee + black wide leg linen pants + metallic flat sandals + pendant necklace + tan tote Summer Shoes Elevated Casual Outfit: black white beige spotted tee + black wide leg linen pants + metallic flat sandals + pendant necklace + tan tote side

2. Metallic Sandals
A pair of metallic sandals is a great option for when you want to add just a tiny oomph to outfits and when you want to wear flats instead of wedges. Metallic sandals go with almost anything and add some shine to bump up the dressiness factor without being over the top.

The pair I’m wearing above is affordable, made of faux leather, and has some padding in the footbed to add comfort. These come in a lot of great colors! In addition to Rose Gold Metallic, which I’m wearing here, there is also a textured black pair, a white faux leather pair, a blue snakeskin print fabric, metallic cork (another one I love), and a fun multicolor floral print fabric. Honestly, it’s hard to choose one! Check them out HERE. I wear size 8.5.

 

Summer Shoes Dressy Casual Outfit: white tee + red and white midi skirt + nude open toe heels + white earrings + pendant necklace + tan clutchSummer Shoes Dressy Casual Outfit: white tee + red and white tiered midi skirt + nude open toe heels + white earrings + pendant necklace + cognac clutch Summer Shoes Dressy Casual Outfit: white tee + red and white tiered midi skirt + nude open toe heels + pendant necklace + cognac clutch

3. Open Toe Heels
If you have any summer weddings, graduations, or other special occasions coming up, make sure to have a pair of open toe heels like these! This silhouette is extremely versatile, working with nearly every type of dress. They also work well with skirts, jumpsuits, and jeans. This is my go-to style for special occasions.

In particular, the single strap across the toe and the slim strap around the ankle help elongate your leg line. The stacked heel on this pair makes it a bit easier to walk in compared to a shoe with a super thin heel, since the thicker heel offers more support. Last, the sole under the toe is rubber and provides some traction.

This pair is sturdy and affordable at just under $45, with 270+ reviews and 4.7 stars! It comes in some great colors, too, including nude, black, leopard print, a REALLY fun version with a metallic beaded heel and strap, and a really cute multicolor cork version. Seriously fun, and again, it’s hard to choose just one! See them all HERE. I wear size 8.5. If your foot runs wider, you might want to size up.

If you want to dress up casual outfits this summer, or if you have upcoming special occasions, definitely check out some of these shoes! I also rounded up some more in the widget below:

 


 

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