Sandals

Stephanie von Watzdorf is a highly-regarded fashion designer with nomadic tendencies. Before founding her fashion line, Figue, she graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Calvin Klein Golden Thimble. Then she worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Her personal life is equally impressive. Stephanie was born on the outskirts of Paris. She travels incessantly, far and wide, with her photographer husband for work and for pleasure.

Her life seems truly bohemian. And her fashions are like wearable wanderlust.

Stephanie von Watzdorf

Stephanie von Watzdorf in Haiti

When traveling, especially a lot, nothing is more important than your footwear. Stephanie knows this well and her travels inform what she wears and creates, often with the aid of local artisans. Her designs, like her Scaramouche sandals crafted in India from supple leather, reflect regional and traditional styles. Suffering for fashion has its limitations—especially when crossing borders and wandering foreign cities—but with Figue sandals, there’s no need to sacrifice your feet or your outfit.

We caught up with the chic trekker to talk about travel, photography (she shared some pics from trips to Kenya and Tanzania) and sandals.

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Images by Jesse Rivera; styling by Jodi Taylor; modeling by Doug Ta’a

Summer is here and sandals are on our mind and feet—and not sandals worn purely for function, like beach flip-flops or shower shoes for the funky locker-room floor. We’re talking about sandals worn out in the world, for style.

Drop “mandal” from your lexicon immediately (to ensure it dies, don’t even say it in jest). While we can’t endure that term, we sympathize with your sandal anxiety. Not every guy can wear them with style; that’s what makes this a medium-to-high-swagger move. You’ll have to BYO confidence.

We spoke with men’s senior stylist Jodi Taylor on how to wear sandals and discussed the big puzzler: socks or no socks. As usual, she had the answers.

—Andrew Matson

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Butter London polish at Nordstrom

Image courtesy of butter London

Nothing quite ties a spring-into-summer outfit together as a pretty pedicure to go with your sandals. When you’re polished up and stepping out in new shoes, you feel unstoppable—until you run into a street sign or a coworker because you were busy admiring your feet.

To inspire your shoe gazing, we’re featuring the season’s hottest sandal styles matched with equally exciting polish shades. But watch out: these combos are distracting.

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Cool comfort is the key to surviving the summer festival season in style. And shoes are your foundational piece. After all, you’ll be on your feet for hours and hours, likely over several days. No matter the weather, no matter the crowds, you need to be able to dash between stages, dance to songs, stand in lines and look great.

Birkenstocks have long been a favorite shoe of concertgoers. But forget their jam band rap—not that getting down to the Dead is anything to condemn—Birkenstock wearers cross musical genres and fashion styles.

Birkenstocks for Festival Season

So that your dancing feet remain ready and your fashion credibility doesn’t appear fishy—or Phishy—we recruited Nordstrom Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to offer some simple tips on wearing these comfy, cork-soled sandals.

YOUR TICKET TO FESTIVAL STYLE: READ MORE

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As shoe styles from the resort season move over to make room for new spring arrivals—like these from Prada, the Alexander McQueen double-strap, Vince’s entire new suite and these Loeffler Randall slides (insert hearts-for-eyes emoji)—we’re really feeling the whole genre-mashing sportif angle. You know: socks and sandals all day long, and sneakers accessorized with anklets and slouchy knee-highs.

It works well with our Wellness Realness focus too, so we decided to hit pause on cold-weather boots and take a spin through a selection of street style snaps from our girl Crystal Nicodemus to examine how fashion’s best and brightest rock the look.

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It’s almost summer, and we’re already dreaming about the ultimate island vacation in the season to come. Before settling on which sun-splashed locale to book tickets for, we’re sharing an inspirational roundup of the best sandals for every getaway. Whether touching down in Sri Lanka, partying poolside at an all-inclusive resort or enjoying a relaxed shore-side stroll, you can count on any of these beauties to be your true island sole-mates.

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Simplicity can speak volumes in a crowd of uber-accessorized fashionistas. Elizabeth is a renowned stylist and master of laid-back chic. She loves print, color, and mixing textures.

I chased her down outside of the Tadashi show, but hopefully we’ll see her again at Marc Jacobs, her fave designer.

xo, Crystal

Shop similar styles:

Ankle-Strap Sandals | Mini Skirts | Colorful Sunglasses

Shop our Editor’s Picks to recreate this look:

Vince Camuto Sandal
BCBGeneration Side Pleat Skirt
Ray-Ban Classic Wayfarer
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Ground almost any look with this sky-high MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Ivana’ Sandal—neutral tones with a touch of quirky cork appeal.

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Gucci ‘Sofia’ Sandal

Note: Use the hypnotic powers of these Gucci ‘Sofia’ sandals for good, not evil.

Tempt yourself with all Gucci shoes, including the bewitching fall 2012 collection—now available for pre-order.

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Alright, we’ll admit it. Ever since last week’s B Brian Atwood post, we’ve been spending maybe just a little too much time browsing shoes with bright colors and exotic skins, but we found this strappy Pella Moda Sandal along the way and made it all worthwhile. Now we’ll just call it research.

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