Stylish Alternatives To: Rubber Sandals

Rubber sport sandals, what can I say? They’re easy. They’re sporty. And they were never intended to be worn outside of the locker room.

These fungus fighters shave become a favorite copout of students world wide.

But why exactly?

There are three main reasons:

Label Lust – Whether they’re Pumas, Nikes or Adidas there’s often loyalty to the shoemaker.

Personal Style – Women who rock these shower shoes are rarely girly girls. Those who are balance femininity with tomboyishness.

Convenience – No moving parts. Just slip them on (with or without socks) and go.

So what are some fashionable alternatives?

Ballet Flats

Comfy and cute they’re easy and go with just about everything. They look perfect with jeans, although they’re too dressy for overly distressed (read “worn out”) pieces.

A round toe will not only be the most comfortable option but will also work with the casual vibe. A brown real or faux leather pair will go with almost everything, or rock a colorful canvas pair.

Slip-On Sneakers

These shoes definitely meet the convenience requirement. They are casual. They go with jeans and most shorts. Most fashion sneaker brands have a couple of versions, making them perfect for label loyalists.

Buy the best quality you can afford. Even within the same brand quality can very greatly.

Women’s Real or Faux Leather Thong Sandals

You can wear them with everything but a winter coat.

Budget between $75 to $150 a pair. You’ll actual save money at this price. They’ll last longer and never go out of style.

Men’s or Boy’s Thong Sandals

Pick a pair in real or faux leather. Again, they work with jeans and shorts.

Men’s fashions are less expensive. Budget between $50 to $100 for mid price versions.

Tweet a pic of your go to casual kicks and tag me @ShiftsThinking. I may even share share it with my followers.

As always have fun and remember the lines only exist so you can color outside of them.


Shop Your Closet, Find New Stuff

Pushing items beyond their intended uses is one of the best ways to do more with less. Using pieces in ways they weren’t designed for can sometimes be tricky, but with a little creativity you can expand your fashion repertoire without buying a single thing.

Let’s use a cascading front cardigan made from a lightweight jersey as an example. This was a popular look several summers ago. Now, not so much.

The process to reinvent this piece might look like this:

You add a belt turn it into a wrap top.

You find that the silky fabric from this cardigan slides as you wear it.

You consider pinning it with safe pins or a broach but decide the fabric too thin; it would leave holes ruining the garment.

After a little experimenting you find that tucking the ends into jeans or a pencil skirt prevents the top from sliding open as you wear it.

After a little engineering it’s time for a test run or two. You wear it for a few hours at home while ignoring the fact that you’re wearing it.

Twist, move and bend. Do things you normally do like reaching for something on a shelf in the kitchen or playing with the dog. Mindlessness is the key. If a new look requires constant attention it’s just not going to work out in the real world.

This week’s challenge is to try experiment with new potential tops. Wrap, crew neck, and boyfriend cardigans are all on the table. So are vests, jackets and blazers, and swimsuits. Even mini skirts and scarves are fair game.

Not every item is going to be a winner, but they don’t all have to be. Think of it as a numbers game. The more looks you test, the more that will make the grade.

As always, have fun. And remember the lines one exist so you can color outside them!