Searching For The Perfect Neutral Sandals

I am currently searching for the perfect neutral sandal for this summer.  Living in the Bay Area, I need my sandals to do double-duty.  They need to work all summer, but also transition into the “Indian Summer” (a.k.a. fall or autumn, in other parts of the country) because I often wear them through October when the weather finally gets warm.  So, when I’m looking for a neutral, I usually steer toward the caramel or cognac colors instead of some of the lighter browns like vachetta or beige.
When I say perfect sandals, what I really mean is two pairs – one heeled, one flat.  After all, they need to work with dresses/skirts, jeans (my typical San Francisco summer uniform), and shorts.  I also need them to be comfortable enough to be worn while walking around (sometimes up and down hills) all day – that means no stillettos.  Thankfully, there seem to be a ton of great options out there.  (I have to admit, I couldn’t resist ordering a pair while writing this post.)
cole haan, kate spade, gucci

Shopping List
1.  Michael Kors Kristen Sandal 
2.  Gucci Suede-Trim Leather Sandals 
3.  Kate Spade Bowdon Espadrille Wedge 
4.  VC City Sandal 
5.  Kate Spade Irvine Sandal 
6.  Cole Haan Cambon Sandal 

manolo blahnik, madewell, cole haan

Shopping List
1.  Steve Madden Aintso Sandal 
2.  Madewell Sightseer Crisscross Sandal  
3.  Joie Socoa Strappy Leather Sandal 
4.  Cole Haan Mesi Slide 
5.  Manolo Blahnik Crisscross Sandals 
6.  Chloe Leather Cutout Sandals  

Inevitably, I came across a few things that were not quite what I was looking for but would be fun to have.  Here are a few examples, just in case you have a summer shoe budget that is bigger than mine.
madewell, chloe, birkenstock

Shopping List
1.  Splendid Crete Sandal
2.  Madewell Veronique Sandal
3.  Chloe Curve Heel Sandal 
4.  Joie Buenaventura Slip On 
5.  Silver Birkenstock 

 

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