On the Flip Side

Tips for choosing summer footwear that’s good for your feet.

Men’s Leather Beach Slide by OluKai.

It’s that time of the year for warmer weather and enjoying fun in the sun in open-toed shoes. But since your feet carry you through life’s adventures, you owe it to them to ensure they’re in the best shape. Here, we try to answer some of your most burning footwear questions, with an emphasis on warmer weather woes. 

Women’s Punua Olu by OluKai.

“This season meshes comfort, color, and functionality,” says Gary Weiner, co-owner of Saxon Shoes in Richmond. Flip-flops continue to rule at the pool, but only there. While it’s tempting to don them everywhere you go on hot days, extensive walking on uneven ground with flip-flops can cause injury to the foot. The same goes for stylish sandals. While there is no harm to wearing these shoes to a casual barbecue or dinner party, you may hurt your feet if you decide to hop on a bike or join the unexpected softball game, so keep a pair of supportive athletic shoes and socks in the car and you’ll be ready for anything.

“Sandals like Birkenstocks and OluKais are bringing out really cool and trendy styles that are also very comfortable,” Weiner says, adding that on the athletic side, sneakers by On will be especially popular this summer. 

Online.Saxonshoes.com

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