When it comes to being “Off Broadway,” I’m merely a block and a half away. As a resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side (Columbus and 82nd St, to be exact), I have countless shopping options in my concrete backyard, which makes it all the more sad/convenient that I do most of my shopping online.
The weather has finally started warming up (it’s 60 degrees as I type, aka HEAT WAVE) and I’m celebrating spring fever by perusing the virtual racks at Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse. The site is super easy to navigate, with a minimalist aesthetic and categories that make it easy to find what I’m looking for — or, be inspired to shop the latest styles. I clicked on the “Spring Trends” tab to shop the season’s new arrivals – and stopped promptly at Franco Sarto’s Unify sandals.
With a small 1” wedge that gives me a bit of height (but still sensible to schlep around Manhattan as I do), this nubuck leather sandal feels of-the-moment and echoes the cut-out trend seen on so many spring runways. The camel color is the perfect neutral: a nude I’m told by women’s fashion magazines will make my legs appear longer and leaner (here’s looking at you, polka dot short shorts I bought on sale last season).
Think of cut-outs as a design detail, like a cool stitch or graphic print. It’s a great way to ease the shoe transition from spring to summer, a fun twist on a classic sandal that conveniently provides a bit of ventilation for one’s tootsies. Keep cut-outs relegated to one item of clothing or footwear because it’s easy to overdo this trend.
As the name dictates, trends (like cut-outs) have a tendency to come and go, so it doesn’t make sense to spend an arm and a leg on seasonal pieces that likely have a limited shelf life. Enter Reason #63 why Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse makes getting the look so easy: the Franco Sarto Unify sandals only set me back $59.99 (down from an original $89.99).
Come summer, I’ll be rocking these cut-out kicks with a breezy sundress, an armful of bangles and my hair pinned back in braids (not to be specific or anything). For now, however, I like them with skinny jeans rolled at the ankles paired with my boyfriend’s old button-up (literally) tucked in tight.
Summer, here I come!
sponsored by Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse; (Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse selection and variety may vary by location)