3 Styling Tricks For Summer Slides

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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."

Clio Platform Sandals

$275

Ancient Greek Sandals

Wave Print Knot Dress

$1,110

J. W. Anderson

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."

Adora Cross Strap Sandals

$90

Sam Edelman

Wide Leg Cuffed Pant

$395

3.1 Phillip Lim

Check Print Sleeveless Top

$48

Joa

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!"

Fawn Two Band Flat Sandals

$255

Rachel Zoe

Arina Studded Slide Sandals

$120

Sam Edelman

Neary Two Band Sandals

$109

Dolce Vita

Clio Sandals

$185

Ancient Greek Sandals

Aurelia Platform Sandals

$95

Jeffrey Campbell