The best closed toe summer shoes when you need a pedicure

When you think of summer footwear, the first things that probably come to mind are thong-style flip-flops and strappy sandals. But what if you’re between pedicure appointments and don’t want to show off your chipped nail polish? Or if you collect street dirt on your feet and carry it around (city liver, if you know You know) isn’t something you want to grapple with on a sweaty day? Appearance: the best closed summer shoes. These options offer ventilation, keeping your feet cool like an open sandal, while also being a more modest, covert option that still exudes a relaxed and naturally summery feel.

But before you dive aimlessly into the massive closed-toe market, THE YES Creative and Fashion Director Taylor Tomasi Hill advises you to first look at the footwear trends for summer 2022. “While many clothing and accessory trends date back only a few decades to the ’00s, footwear goes back much further – to the ’70s,” Tomasi Hill told TZR. She herself has a penchant for retro-style clogs, saying, “The chunkier the heel and the higher the platform, the better.”

And perhaps controversially (depending on which side you fall for in the Great Croc Debate), Tomasi Hill also says closed-toe wellies will be a standout style this season. “That’s my favorite [shoe trend] of summer. Virtually indestructible, you can wear it [rubber shoes] all over and then rinse when done. And — bonus points! — The rubber models from Balenciaga’s collaboration with Crocs are equipped with integrated ventilation,” she points out.

So if you’ve never adhered to a suns-off, toes-off mentality, opt for shoes that will hug your feet this summer. Ahead, find a bigger breakdown of the trending closed-toe shoes, plus more insights from Tomasi Hill and an expert from The RealReal. Oh, and of course a shopping edit too.

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Noelle Sciacca, Senior Fashion Lead of Women’s, Fine Jewelery and home of The RealReal, evokes espadrilles as the obvious closed-toe shoe option for summer. In particular, she invites you to try an elevated flatform style — “like these espadrilles from Miu Miu, which are a little bit Y2K and a little bit sporty and also trending.” Additionally, Sciacca says that a wedge espadrille elevated one similarly Effect achieved when you don’t rely your mobility on a sky-high, flat platform design.


“Clogs are pretty much the only closed-toe shoes I can wear in the summer, probably because they’re so easy to put on and take off,” says Tomasi Hill. “Who can fiddle with shoelaces and buckles at every road trip pit stop or when you hear an ice cream truck?”

Now for shopping for the polarizing “ugly” shoes: “Ulla Johnson has some perfect neutral options, while LABUCQ makes a statement with extra large metal studs. Maje’s tassel and buckle offerings are also high on my list because their metal detailing adds a chic element,” shares the creative and fashion director.

summer sneakers

Sciacca reports that “sneakers are replacing sandals the Summer shoe among Gen Z trendsetters. In fact, in May and June of this year compared to last year, we see search demand for sneakers up almost 30%.” As for specific couples she expects to wear in this season, the RealReal expert yells, “Retro styles like the Adidas Samba, along with slip-ons like those by Maison Margiela, bringing a fresh twist to the tried and true classic sneaker. ”


Tomasi Hill says backless mules are another simple, no-fuss closed-toe option to consider. And for those who aren’t afraid to make an eccentric statement, she encourages you to go maximalist with Bottega Veneta’s Rubber Flash Mule. “You are not a shoe; they are a whole moment! I adore mine, and the friends who initially raised me have couples of their own now,” she tells TZR. “They have been in constant rotation in my garden this summer and I suspect for the summers to come.”

Huarache sandals

Huaraches, a handmade flat-soled Mexican sandal with intricately woven leather straps, are another included option to invite into your summer footwear rotation. As for the styling of the handmade shoes, Sciacca says they “easily pair with a breezy cotton dress for a versatile look that takes you from day to night.”

However, it is important to understand and appreciate the shoe’s legacy, which predates the European colonization of Mexico. Derived from the Tarascan word kwarachiSpoken by the Purépecha people of Jalisco and meaning ‘sandal’, traditional huaraches refer specifically to the craft of leather weaving and must be made by hand.


Last but not least, and perhaps the most effortless shoe on this list: the humble slipper. From a Venetian style to canvas lace-ups to voluptuous leather mules, the 2022 edition of on-trend slip-ons comes in a variety of silhouettes, which means you can certainly Find one that suits your taste and needs. For a pair that resembles your home, opt for Scarosso’s handmade velvet slippers that can be worn both indoors and outdoors. Leather options from Victoria Beckham or Sergio Rossi, on the other hand, feel more sophisticated and give them a much more luxurious and opulent vibe than your run-in slippers.

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