summer shoe guide 2012

This post is the result of my annual quest for the perfect summer shoe.  I’ll confess, I always find summer shoes a challenge.  I don’t have the greatest feet, and at the ripe old age of 36 I’ve found that I need a lot of support in my shoes.  Gone are the days when I could just grab a pair of trendy, cheap shoes at H&M or Target.  While good, supportive shoes are more expensive, I’ve found that investing in a few pair saves money (and back pain) in the long run.  But good, orthopedically supportive shoes are not always the cutest – hence my dilemma.  This year, I reached out to some of my favorite brands to have a look at their best shoes for the season, and here are some of my favorites.  All of the shoes featured here offer great, all-day support, and I’ve included a variety of styles, from ballet flats to water shoes, from cross-trainers to wedge sandals.  I’ve also included some of my favorite picks for kids.

For the mamas:

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Merrell Women's Wonder Glove Flat

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Merrell Women's Evera MJ Casual Shoes
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Chaco Women's Etesia EcoTread Sandal...
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Women's Patagonia Casual Mocs
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Teva Women's Fuse-Ion Water Shoe

imageEtnies Women's Ballet Flat
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Ahnu Women's Crissy Shoe
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Dansko Women's Tru Sandal
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PUMA Women's Pumagility Cross-Training Shoe

For the kids:

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Etnies RVM Vulc,Black/White

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Livie & Luca Flutter Sandal
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Heelys Stingray Roller Skate Shoe
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Dansko Valentine Clog (also available in women’s size as Dansko Women's Valerie Clog)
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Chaco Loyalist Kids EcoTread Girls
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Kid's Chaco Paradox Ecotread™ Big Kids
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MERRELL Kids' Skyjumper Maryjane
imageMerrell Kid's Litespeed Z-Rap Shoes

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Hush Puppies Charlotte Ballerina Flat

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