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Clockwise from the bottom left:
Marsell Middle Toe Ring Sandal, Isabel Marant Holden Sandals, Sam Edelman Adora Sandals, TOPSHOP sandals, Vince Sandrine Sandals, Thais Strap Sandals, Jeffrey Campbell Adler Sandals, ASOS sandals, Birkenstocks
Aside from the mule, my next must have shoe for 2014 is the pool slider (also lovingly known as the ugly sandals.) I’ll admit when these started to surface on the runways and on fashion insiders everywhere, I cringed a little. While I love having fun with fashion and playing around with trends, I usually tend to stick to the “prettier” versions of those trends. Cool and edgy but still pretty has been the style I’m drawn to the most. So, initially I hesitated on this ugly sandal trend but the more I saw it, the more I liked it and really, I’m a stay at home mom of 2 young kids. Who am I to fight off the 1 trend that happens to be uber comfy and playground friendly?
And that is how I ended up with a pair of white Arizona Birkenstocks and I am so glad I did. I love them paired with fun, casual outfits like a t-shirt and flippy skirt. But, I think pool sliders really shine and feel current when paired with dressier office appropriate looks. A slouchy navy pant suit with pool sliders? Chic. A pencil skirt and mesh sweater paired with Vince metallic sandals. Love.