3 Styling Tricks For Summer Slides

by Eleanor Strauss

July heat making you feel all hot and bothered? Slip into something more comfortable with summer’s It-sandal: the two-strap slide. Today Shopbop’s Fashion Director Elle Strauss shares her tips for pulling off the retro look in a fresh and flattering way.

Shopbop Fashion Director, Elle Strauss

"Every once in a while the fashion gods deliver us something that's not only on trend but actually comfortable! This rare gift comes to us this season in the form of the slider; better known as the Birkenstock. What was once relegated to the older generation on hiking vacations or modern day hippies, this comfortable shoe is now found on the most fashion-forward feet. How to wear them? Here are my three tricks..."

Go A Bit Girly

"For the rookie foot, I suggest contrasting this tomboy-style sandal with something more feminine such as a flowy dress or floral skirt. The look is perfect for a daytime date or brunch with the ladies."

Keep It Simple

"On the weekend, pair these sandals with your favorite boyfriend jeans or denim cutoffs and a white tee. For a more fashion-forward feel that's right for the office, style them with modern geometric prints and sharp tailoring -- two trends that will continue from summer into fall. The trick is to keep the styling dead simple, no matter what's on the agenda."

Embrace Unexpected Styles

"Once you've conquered the basic Birk, get adventurous with embellished styles, platforms and different colors. Here are some favorites to try!"