Kicks for summer

Summer is almost here and I’ve found perfect shoes for guys and girls that are right on trend and right on price.

Bonus points: I found a couple of items at stores you would never think would offer fashionably frugal finds.

I’ve included a few links to get the shoes of the moment online, when possible.


Everyone knows the ’80s are back, and so are the decade’s bright colors. What a perfect time to grab a pair of Vans.

I found the lace-up version of the canvas skater shoe in a Skittles-like variety of colors, including citrus orange and kelly green. The bright pop of color looks great with khakis or shorts.

Pick: Vans canvas lace-up sneaker, $42,

TOMS shoes (which stands for “shoes for tomorrow”) was started by Arlington, Texas, native Blake Mycoskie. (You might recognize his name or the shoes from the AT&T commercials running right now.)

He has been doing the canvas slip-ons, based on an Argentinan shoe called the alpargata, for a couple of years now.

Mycoskie recently did a few limited-edition styles for the Ralph Lauren Rugby store. Grab a pair, like the khaki version with a navy, athletic jersey-style No. 4 on it while you can at

They look great with jeans – I know because I bought a pair myself! Mycoskie even wears his with suits.

Pick: TOMS canvas slip-ons, $65, Ralph Lauren Rugby,


Flat leather sandals are looking great with jeans and long dresses right now. I found Miss Trish of Capri’s ornate sandals – usually around $250 – at Target for $29.99. The pair I found are in gold leather, a thong style with ankle straps. They feature a gold lion’s head medallion. There are seven other styles available.

Pick: Miss Trish of Capri gold leather sandals, $29.99, Target stores and

Quirky flats are a wardrobe staple for Kate Moss, Ashley Olsen and Nicole Richie, polishing off their laid-back and artfully disheveled looks. I found embroidered leather flats with a hippie-chic South American vibe at Urban Outfitters for $28, two color options.

Pick: Ecote embroidered flats, $28, Urban Oufitters and (for some reason they are $34 online).