“Kim, could you come to my rescue?” writes a reader named Jessica. “I have orthotics, and summer defeats me. I am desperate for something that will accommodate them.” Jessica, I feel your pain, because for a period of time I couldn’t take a step without an orthotic—as in, it even hurt to be barefoot, and I kid you not. At no time is total orthotic dependence a bigger inconvenience than summer, when your feet want to breathe free and all you want to do is be like the rest of the world and embrace a cute little sandal. My solution most days was ballet flats—not my style at all, but if you dig a little it’s possible to find some that aren’t so much on the prissypants side. I like that this pair from See By Chloe has a little ventilation—plus, the snakeskin and high back bring a little edge to the party.
Crazy splurgy, but the metal studs take it to such an excellently I-dare-you-to-call-me-too-girly place.
All the straps make this choice fall on the sexy side of sweet.
Of course the biggest drawback of ballet flats is that they are, in fact, so maddeningly flat, and give you next to nothing from a height perspective. These Doc Marten Mary Janes provide just the tiniest bit, and a whole lot more structure, which is always a plus.
Laugh if you will (and I know you will) but I am obsessed with this raffia oxford from Robert Clergerie: a rare breezy option for the orthotic-bound, and just so clever too. Plus you get a very nice dose of height.
I am totally not a loafer person—just as ballet flats often feel too femme for me, loafers feel too butch. But I can totally see wearing this this platform-y patent pair all summer with jeans.