Clarks has long been known as the sensible shoe brand for women, but their latest line of footwear combines fashion with comfort. The same is true of their summer line; during the season where you spend much of your time outdoors and at play, a sensible pair of shoes that also looks great on your feet is the first order of business. Peruse below for suggestions on the best Clarks shoes for this summer.
If you need more coverage for work or a formal setting, Clarks offers gorgeous ballet flats without compromising comfort. The Nessa Garden flat features 100% leather and a floral embellishment at the vamp, which is perfectly on-trend. Available colors include grey metallic leather, black, and black patent, and it retails for $69.95 but can be found on sale at online retailers. Indigo, a division of Clarks, boasts the Covell flat with a scalloped eyelet edge and peep toe, perfect for summer. Available in black snake, black and white snake, and salmon snake colors, the different hues add some edge. The shoe retails for $79.99.
For shoes that can take a pounding but still look feminine, look to Privo, the wildly popular Clarks brand that consistently receives rave reviews for its sporty and casual look. You can find older models online on sale, though sizes are limited. The latest iteration of their basic ballet flat style is Polar Lake. Not only do Privos offer cushy support in the athletic heel, they also offer the exclusive "Soleassage" insole that is textured to massage your feet and provide comfort (but can be removed if desired). Other features include an adjustable velcro strap at the toe for a snug fit, mesh paneling for breathability, and a durable rubber outsole to withstand various surfaces. Available in seven colors ranging from vibrant orange to neutral gray, the shoe sells for $74.99. If more stability is necessary, consider the Polar Bungee or the Bingle, both with a fashion sneaker silhouette and bungee laces for easy on and off.
For sandals, try the classic Spa sandal, a basic leather thong with support that's a cut above competitors. Also consider the African Bee sandal, a leather thong slide with a cushy flat heel and side buckle. The Dusk Aztec features similar thong construction but adds some glam with glossy bronze, black, or white leather and coordinating sequins. For a feminine look, consider the Dusk Bamboo, a thong sandal with a trendy oversized floral accent, or the Latin Samba, with a similar floral embellishment but with a 1 inch platform and 1.5 inch heel. Your best bet for an athletic sandal is, of course, Privo, which offers the water-resistant Caldera sandal with a closed toe and bungee cords for water sports, hikes, or a long day at the amusement park; choose from Navy or Gray. The Namib sandal is the best bet for those looking for something softer than the rugged Caldera; the Namib is also water-resistant but features a mary jane style; available in Charcoal or Stone, it also retails for $85.